Cooking Louisiana - Stories of South Louisiana Culture

The cultures of South Louisiana are diverse and interesting, a land whose history is rich in foods and ethnic cooking styles. Here are some stories about the old days and what we can remember from our years gone by.

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I can remember fishing the bayous of Terrebonne Parish with my father in the 60's. We would go after everything that was food. Oysters, crabs, fish. What stands out in my mind is when we would fish for crabs. He had about 75 crab nets (homemade of course) and we would go down Bayou Point-au-Chein and drop the nets. Remember, this is before the invention of the crab trap. Our old boat "chah-key-yahk" (as he called it) would ease us back to the first net and we'd pick one net, dump the crabs into a #3 tub, drop the net again and grab the next one, what a system! We'd often wind up with 3 to 5 bushels of crabs in about three hours, back then crabs were plentiful.

J. Guidry
Terrebonne Parish - currently Lafayette Parish. 

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Jack Guidry  
Lafayette, La.  

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