Fried Catfish: Menus and Recipes For A Louisiana Saturday Night!

The Fish Fry Supper Basics

Fried catfish and french fries/photo by roadtrip
Fried catfish and french fries/photo by roadtrip

Northern Louisiana is Not Cajun Country .Culture and Cuisine Are Noticeably Different!

copyright by Jackie D. Kimball

Ole Hank Williams sings.....

Well jambalaya n a crawfish pie n filet gumbo .

Son of a gun were gonna have great fun on the bayou!

To those not familiar with Louisiana culture, the mention of Louisiana usually conjures images of New Orleans, the French Quarters, and cuisine abundant with seafood ingredients,complimented by filet gumbo and jambalaya. Songs about Louisiana that mention food almost always praise the crawfish and seafood used in Creole and Cajun cooking. Contrary to what most tourists believe, Northern Louisianians are in many ways quite different from our Cajun and Creole folk in the southern part of our state. In fact, when we were kids,my New Orleans cousins used to tell me that our part of the state is "Yaw lak a differin wold upheah". (Translation in Northern Louisiana dialect- "Y'all shore are a different world up here.")

Louisiana Saturday Nights

Louisiana Saturday Nights is a well known phrase, thanks in part to the song Louisiana Saturday Nights by Bob McDill. Don Williams recorded the song in 1977, followed by such elite as Alabama ,Mel McDaniel,Keith Urban, and others including the cutest little four year old fellow on youtube named Andrew!.

We in Louisiana are fiercely devoted to our families, and love to have big suppers on the weekends with family and friends.Looking forward to our kinfolk and friends "get togethers" on the weekend is who we are.

While a Louisiana Saturday night in Southern Louisiana might be seafood, gumbo, crawfish , and dancing to zydeco music, the northern Louisiana Saturday night social life is quite different. I'm not talking about those that do what we call bar hopping and drug sniffing. I'm talking about our typical family and friends get together events. With all Louisianaians it's all about the food!

The northern and southern regions of Louisiana are remarkedly different in both culture and cuisine. True ,the 1700s saw settlers arrive from France, Germany, and the Acadians from Canada.This group mostly settled in Southern Louisiana. Of course,Native Americans lived in the area indigenously.From these people came your typical creole and cajun fare and cultures. I highlighted the word Creole to direct you a hubber that has already written an excellent hub on Creole culture and cuisine.(But don't leave yet!)

Traditional foods common to north Louisiana are more like those of other southern states, After the United States purchased Louisiana in 1803,most of the groups that came to Northern Louisiana were Scotch,Irish, and Anglo Saxons. Many of these came from other southern states,and their cooking reflected this.As their cultures intermingled , so did their cuisine.

Thus in Northern Louisiana, a Louisiana Saturday night supper is more likely to be a barbeque or a fish fry, although we are quite fond of crawfish and seafood also. Not living on the coast, a seafood supper is very expensive .Fish is plentiful and free for the catching..

In fact Northern Louisiana is well known for its catfish industry, with the town of Winnsboro,Louisiana having an annual Catfish festival that grows larger each year.

 

Menu

Fried catfish strips

Hushpuppies

French fries

Corn on the cob

Fried green tomatoes

Buttermilk pie and Ice cold watermelon

Jackie's  fried green tomatoes , crispy and hot./photo by me
Jackie's fried green tomatoes , crispy and hot./photo by me
Corn on the cob/diggpics
Corn on the cob/diggpics
hush puppies/ flickr/commons
hush puppies/ flickr/commons
buttermilk pie/ flickr
buttermilk pie/ flickr
Who can resist ice cold watermelon? /CC flicker/Harm K.
Who can resist ice cold watermelon? /CC flicker/Harm K.

DEEP FRIED CATFISH STRIPS

A typical serving of fried catfish strips is five to six pieces. Cut each filet into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide. Some like their strips wider than this, but if you like crispy fish, try this width. Strips should be three to five inches in lenghth.

Dip strips into seasoned self rising yellow cornmeal mix. Season the meal to your taste, just as you would your for favorite fried chicken flour batter mix. I use salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash. There are commercial fish fry meal mixes you can buy at most super markets as well. [ Reserve some of this mix for your tomatoes and hush puppies.]

1.Dip all strips in the meal mix, cover with a paper towel and set aside for ten minutes.

2.Using your deep fryer or a boiler, pour in five or six inches of peanut oil (best) or canola oil . Place a match in the oil and heat until the match ignites.Your oil is now hot enough for frying.

3.Drop strips in hot oil with no crowding.(It depends on the size of your fryer.)Fry until dark golden brown.

4.Drain fish and place on paper towels with no crowding.


FRENCH FRIES

1. Drop salted cut fries In hot oil and fry until golden brown.Drain and place on paper towels. You can't get any easier than that, y'all.











PAN FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

To the right of this hub , you will find excellent hubs for making fried green tomatoes, but here is how we cook them in our neck of the woods.

1.Wash cold firm green tomatoes, and slice into slices about 1/5 to 1/4 inch thick. Thinner slices are crispier.(Some cooks soak their slices in salted ice water for thirty minutes first,then pat dry and dip the tomatoes.)

2. Use the same mix recipe as you do for your fish meal adding about 3 tablespoons of self rising flour per cup of the meal mix. Do not use the mix that fish has been dipped in , but rather use some mix that you have reserved.

3.Dip the tomato slices in the meal mix , tap off the excess meal, and pan fry in canola oil on medium heat until golden brown.

4. Remove one at a time and place on paper towels with no crowding.









BOILED CORN ON THE COB

1. Wash and cut sweet corn in half

2. Drop the corn into a large pot of boiling salted water,making sure that there is sufficient water to avoid crowding.

3. Boil 8 to 10 minutes and turn off the heat.

4. Just before serving ,drain off most of the liquid and add a stick of melted butter.(Another favorite method is to wrap each piece of boiled corn in foil, placing a pat of butter on the cob before enclosing the corn in the foil.These may be kept in a warm oven for a short while.)









HUSH PUPPIES

Time to confess- I BUY my hush puppies in the frozen food section of my local grocery store. I do know how to make them, but I'm usually TIRED by now!

1. I glass of sweet tea

2. 1 grocery list

3. Write down "get frozen hush puppies".

4. Drink tea , and finish grocery list!

HUSH PUPPIES - From the Plains Plain Cooker Circa 1975 (The front page with other information is missing, but I remember the year I bought it.) With my adaptation of adding green onions instead of minced and corn.

Here we go again.....the mix.....(Rinse and repeat...)

1. Use 1 1/2 cups of the reserved fish fry mix recipe

2. One beaten egg

3. 2 or 3 tablespoons of finely chopped green onions

4. 2 tablespoons of cream stlye canned corn

5. Mix all of the above together. Add just enogh buttermilk if needed to make slightly firm balls of dough. Shape the balls to about the size of a large walnut, place on wax paper, cover, and chill for at least thirty minutes.

6.Drop the hush puppies into a deep fryer or boiler of hot canola or peanut oil. ( You may elect to do this in the hot fish fry oil after you have fried the fish, as we do. )They will sink, and float to the top when done.

7.Deep fry until a dark golden brown, testing the center with a toothpick for doneness. drain and place on paper towels with no crowding.






CHILLED BUTTERMILK PIE

1.Beat two egg yolks

2. Add one cup of buttermilk, one cup of sugar, and one tablespoon of melted butter. Mix well.

3. In a cup or small bowl, whisk one tablespoon of flour with two tablespoons of whole milk. Add to the mixture .

4.Add 1 1/2 of lemon extract to the mixture and mix well. Pour into your favorite pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.


Catfish supper at my church
Catfish supper at my church

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RevLady profile image

RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Look mouth watering and made my taste buds dance. Shame on you!!

Love and hugs,

Forever His,


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Man this looks so tempting! Who-'dat? Louisiana catfish baby!... American farmed and served free of any toxins and unwanted junk. The Mekong river catfish (Veitnam) exports a very contaminated version that I wrote a hub on recently...I only am buying catfish labeled 'made in America'! Anything less, just won't do! Great food suggestions that I can't wait to throw down!

Wonderful hub!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

RevLady, Thanks for stopping by to my ode to Louisiana Sarturday nights! Ain't nuttin' like a good ole Fish Fry with friends and kin!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

K9keystrokes,

Thanks for stopping by and your insightful comments. I read your hub on the imported catfish and left comments.


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

We enjoy grilled catfish now in the mountains of N.C. Sometimes I still get it fried but mostly grilled. Watching my cholesterol.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

Who can resist having a look at anything bout Catfish and Louisiana Sat. Nights! Love this, great recipes, I wish I had green tomatoes on the vine, love those, and would try to cook them now that I've got an authentic La. recipe. And, ah, buttermilk pie, almost a lost wonder of a desert.......your menu is so very southern, makes me hungry.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

FCEtier

Thanks for reading and commenting! You are very wise! A Louisiana Fish Fry is also called HEART ATTACK SUPER!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

KFlippin

Thanks for commenting! I enjoyed reading your comments. Fried green tomatoes are so popular in Louisiana that you can buy green tomatoes in the grocery store, but they are "sky high " in cost!All of our Fish and seafood reataurants sell them and also fried dill pickle slices.(fixed exactly like the fried green tomatoes)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

BayouLady, Yummy! Sounds very tasty! What a treat! I'll have a little bit of everything... Thank you for sharing! In HIS Peace & Blessings!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

DeBorrah,

Well, if you are ever in North Louisiana..email me and you can have some!lol!(Depends on the time of the year for the tomatoes!)As for the buttermilk pie, you would not believe how yummy that is. I know it sounds yucky, but it tastes like a lemon flavored chess pie.Delicious, and I hate buttermilk! Very inexpensive!


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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

Oh, my goodness! My husband loves catfish, but I've never known how to fix it. Gonna have to try this. That buttermilk pie sounds awesome, too! Great job!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

sagebrush_mama

Hi and thanks for reading.It is hard to mess up catfish, but it is like donuts....you need to stay close by!

I hope you saw my recipie for hushpuppies.It has been passed down for about ten years.

HERE IT IS:

1 glass of sweet tea

1 grocery list

write "get frozen hushpuupies!" on the list

Drink tea!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Thank you for the delicious recipes. Soon I will prepare the fixins of these for my family next time I go to the supermarket soon for catfish. Hope you get some cool weather your way. Fall want be too far away. Love you Dear Heart. I think about you every day. God Bless You and your loved ones.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Oh, Stars! No cool weather here for a LOOOOOONNNNGGG time! We are usually still using our air conditioners through September, and it is not uncommon to use them some in october!

Good luck with your cooking! The buttermilk pie is cheap and delicious!


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trimar7 6 years ago from New York

I cannot wait to try this. Thank you for sharing.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Hi trimar!

Thanks for reading and commenting. You will love it! habee also has a super fried green tomato recipe, I think.

She has a buttermilk pie recipe ,too. I don't know if you are a southerner, but it is common at Sunday dinners in the south, eaten chilled with whipped topping.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

This is as Louisiana as you get - well Eat Texas too. The dancing was fun and reminds me of some good times in Lafayette, New Orleans and Baton Rouge over the years.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

BILLYAUSTINDILLON

Oh yeah, I'm all Louisiana through and through. It's all about "de kinfolk and friends"!. So East TEXAS knows how to have some good clean fun?Well you need to come up to North LA, especially if you are in East TX north.

THANKS for reading and commenting.


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Fried catfish looks so yummy and your church supper appears to be alot of fun. Church suppers as a whole seems to be going by the wayside. How unfortunate to see this happen. I enjoyed our church supers when I was at home in a very small town but now my work brought me to the city. They don't even go to church here.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Cybersupe Guess where I went this evening! Another LA Saturday night. Went to a birthday fish fry. OH-MY-Goodness! The biggest above ground pool ole Wally-World makes, fish fry menu, and chocolate birthday cake. Um! Didn't stay for whatever later. Too bloomin'hot!

Church suppers are still the norm where I live.It's a good outreach, as we always try to entice friends to come. Since they are getting aquainted in a relaxed setting, hopefully they might see or experience something enjoyable and return.

Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Sounds like dinner at my house! Enjoyed your hub!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Habee, Yes, if you look above I told trimar to look up your hub on fried green tomatoes! Thanks for stopping by!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Having grown up in central Mississippi, those recipes seem a bit too familiar. When you ran down the list, I was reminded of that segment on the old television series, "HeeHaw" when they used to ask Grandpa Jones "What's For Supper, Grandpa?". Thanks for making me hungry! WB


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

WAYNE BROWN....Ha! I haven't thought of ole Grandpa Jone's menus in years! Yeah, growing up in MS is a lot like growing up in LA. I spent k,1st, and 2nd grade in Natchez.

Didn't mean to make you squirm about not reading my hubs now!I know you are a prolific writer and very busy!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Advice to the masses at supper time: do not read this hub until AFTER dinner, lol. Drool is never appealing in a visitor!

I love Hank Williams song but never read the actual words. Oh my, I do have catching up to do. I also have not been to your amazing state.

Thank you for sharing your tantalizing treats. Oh my. I am running upstairs for chocolate and then I am kicking off my shoes and dancing on the hardwood floor...


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donotfear 6 years ago from The Boondocks

Fantastic! And very familiar to me...being from NE TX, the Four States area. Yep, looks just like an eatin' meetin' at my church! Love it!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

STORYTELLER,

Thanks! I actually can line dance a little, but LA Saturday night is a stomp dance, and it takes more out of of ya than I have!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

donotfear So you are from TexArkana area? I'm a 85 minute drive from Monroe,LA.

Thanks for the comments!


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RNMSN 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

welcome bayoulady!! Your southern style of writing is just too cool (I can say that cause I grew up in Ala) and I am looking forward to reading many more of your delightful and unique phrasing of words!! barbara b


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

bayoulady, I think I am uncoordinated in line dancing, but I can certainly do my own twists in my livingroom, haha.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

RNMSN, thanks for reading and commenting. I used to try to hide my southern way with words, but I'd just sit sit there, trying to keep it real(my voice) but couldn't think of a word without getting a thesaurus! We can't help it...Ha! Even in college my class mates would ask ," Who is yo perfesser?" We attended "thu unaversaty".In my teaching career( I'm now in the process of "ratirin")my principal would say, "Y'all are all spose to take yur turns at recess dooty."

I figured I may as well "find my voice" by being me.it's fun to write without a "thusorrows" in my hand!

In later years


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myawn 6 years ago from Florida

I love fried catfish and hush puppies. Fried tomatoes and pie all look yummy!Of course I know the song. My kids were born in Louisiana (B.R.)we love the cajun foods.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

myawn-so you lived in Baton Rouge? my sister lived there for years.thanks for reading and commenting!


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

Enjoyed this. The video on the group dancing to Louisiana Saturday Night was very interesting.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Hi Pratonix! Thanks for the comments, and for popping in to read it, of course. I love the song Louisiana Saturday Nights!


johnnynaakea 6 years ago

I am going to try your catfish recipe on some fish we catch here in Hawaii. Thank you for your comments.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

johnnynaakea, thanks and aloha!Let me know how it turns out!


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Midasfx 6 years ago

Deep friend catfish strips sounds so good. I have bookmarked it so I can try cooking it soon. Thanks!


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

I'm hungry! We had a restaurant near my home in Florida. I loved their fried catfish, okra, green tomatoes, and their collard greens. I almost cried when they went out of business.

Btw, I also have an old Kentucky recipe for buttermilk pie - yummy!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Midasfx, Thanks so much for reading and commenting!Glad you plan to try it.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Mysterylady, I know what you mean about a homecooking restaurant closing down! It's a bummer. I discovered that Catains Dee's has southern fried fish and country fare. It tastes quite good, but nothing compares to the real thing!( Captain Dee's a fast food chain around here, might be in FL,too)


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

I have never heard of Captain Dee's, but I'll keep my eyes open. Thanks!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

It's like Long John Silvers. Have you heard of that one?


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Okay Bayoulady, I'll catch the fish on my Corn, You cook us up a mess! I love your Hubs, and look forward to eating...I mean reading more of your Hubs!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

LillyGrillzit, I can cook the baddest catfish you ever slapped yo mouth on! Thanks for reading and love your sense of humor!


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NamVetRich 6 years ago from Springfield Oregon

Bayoulady, what a great Hub. You have the knack for describing even the simplest things and making them so tantalizing. Boy would I love to sit down and have dinner with you, I enjoy all types of fish and your catfish sounds wonderful. I feel blessed to have discovered your Hub site.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

NamVetRich,Thank you for the ego-inflating comment!(Don't worry, it will swish out in a few minutes!)Well,if y'all ever come down to LA, we could have a throw down for sure!


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mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

I was already a little hungry when I started reading this hub. Everything looks fantastic. Last year I introduced my wife and a friend of hers to fried green tomatoes, they loved them (they are from the Philippines). Everything looks good, glad you left the recipes. Thanks for sharing.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Hi Mquee! I could use me a fried green tomato about now ,too. The last one I had was late July, because I haven't been seeing them in the stores since....sighhhhhhh...But had a piece of catfish a few days ago that my mom cooked.(Ummmm-mmm-ummm!)Thanks for commenting!


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Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Wow! This Hub is making me drool!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Hi Don. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Now get a napkin and wipe that drool off of your chin!


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Becky Puetz 6 years ago from Oklahoma

Everything you stated here is true. Great recipes too. Thanks for sharing.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Becky, I know you probably already have the recipes for good old LA cooking, so thanks so much for reading and commenting! (Did I make you miss Louisiana? Homesick? Ha!)


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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

I've been to Lousianna twice, and I can recall the food like it was yesterday...wonderful. I was in New Orleans, and later Alexandria area, but both places--awesome food. Sounds you LOVE your hometown and family, and I can definitely get behind that kind of devotion. Your life sounds...delicious! Great hub.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Love the recipe and the videos. Thank you for stopping by my hub.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Granny, I appreciate your comments, and I enjoyed your hub as well!


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mquee 5 years ago from Columbia, SC

My wife and I both love to fish and eat fish. We catch a lot of cats. I will have to try that buttermilk pie. We also love fried green tomatoes, but never had them with fried catfish. We'll give that a try too. All sounds good, thanks.


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

mquee..thanks for your comments. I'm sorry I was so late in replying. It's a long story..daughter had stroke.....


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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

I love fried catfish! I grew up in Missouri where we used have catfish on the weekends, too.


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bayoulady 4 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Deborah.......I have been away during the illlnesses of both of my daughters,then me.Sorry to be so long thanking you for your comments.

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