What do Louisiana governors and politicians, famous chefs and restaurants, businessmen and friends, as well as SMILE employees, all have in common?
Just open the pages of SMILE’s unique cookbook, “Somethin’ to SMILE About: Adventures in Cajun & Creole Cooking,” and you’ll find their scrumptious, mouth-watering recipes.It’s such a treasure, featuring recipes from former Governors Mike Foster and Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Chefs Patrick Mould and John Folse & Company, and many, many more.There’s a recipe for Gateaux Sec Cookies from our favorite Miss USA — St. Martin Parish’s own Ali Landry, who’s a delightful Hollywood star today.
Even the IceGators have submitted recipes.
The restaurants contributing recipes range from Café Vermilionville to the City Club of Lafayette, from Country Cuisine to Don’s Seafood & Steakhouse, from Dwyer’s to Mulate’s, from the Petroleum Club of Lafayette to Prejean’s. There are also recipes from À La Carte, Charley G’s, Cypress Bayou, Evangeline Steakhouse & Seafood, Golden China, Petroleum Club of Lafayette, Randol’s and plenty more. All of the cookbook’s restaurants serve up our culture’s cuisine in style.
That’s why our cookbook is so unique. It represents Louisiana’s history with contributions from the late U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnson, whose recipes include Shrimp Creole and Eggplant Stuffed with Shrimp and Crabmeat. The late Lafayette Parish Sheriff Don Breaux submitted recipes for Banana Bread and Pina Colada Cake.
There are business and community leaders’ recipes featured like Gregg Gothreaux of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, known as LEDA. He submitted recipes for Venison Sauce Piquante and Shrimp Creole.
Then there are recipes from friends and SMILE employees. There are so many wonderful recipes, your mouth waters just thinking about them.
The cookbook was a 1996 fundraiser for SMILE Community Action Agency under the administration of Executive Director John A. Broussard. Dedicated current and former employees worked to create it, including Dr. Laura Hebert, who served as the Cookbook Committee chairperson, along with employee members representing SMILE’s three parishes: Susan Cook, Althea James and Brenda Wilson of St. Martin Parish; Irma J. Bourgeois and the late Debbie Myers of Iberia Parish; and Lois Andrus, Rosalie Brannon, Alice Duhon, Rita McZeal and Hayley Walker of Lafayette Parish. We thank them for their hard work because SMILE’s cookbook lives on more than a decade later. It is indeed timeless.
If you want some wonderful recipes from some wonderful people and wonderful restaurants, get SMILE’s Somethin to SMILE About cookbook. You won’t be disappointed. You’ll be smilin’.
Our Cajun and Creole cookbook holds the keys to South Louisiana’s unique cuisine: Hot Oyster Balls, Smothered Turkey Wings & Necks, Crawfish Andouille Fettuccine, Cous-Cous, Broccoli Cornbread, Chicken Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Seafood Gumbo and Pecan Candy within its pages.
There are also recipes for String Bean Casserole, Shrimp Fried Rice, Carrot Cake, Lasanga, Baked Stuffed Mushrooms, Roast Beef Salad, Quick Chocolate Fudge and much, much more.
Are you enticed? Then buy a cookbook for yourself, and get two or three more as gifts for your family members and friends. We promise you won’t be disappointed. The $20 price includes $15 for the cookbook and $5 for shipping and handling. If you’re in the neighborhood, just swing by and pick one up