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A heaping side of inspiration

Loretta Harrison

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St. Joseph’s Day altars and Lenten fish fries are obvious symbols of New Orleanians’ faith. When I open my notebook to interview area cooks, however, less obvious expressions of that faith often emerge.

“God’s hand is always in the mix,” Loretta Harrison of Loretta’s Pralines said of her journey. Greg Tillery of We Dat’s Chicken and Shrimp explained setbacks this way: “It’s just something that I had to go through … so that I’ll be ready for whatever God is preparing for me next.”

I come for recipes or a dining feature, but I leave with a heaping side of inspiration.

Ann Maloney

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