Louisiana

Foodie Friday: Louisiana Pralines

Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all!  Battling all of these northeast winter storms, and just having had to shovel nearly a foot of snow makes me long for New Orleans – where today’s high will be in the mid-60’s.  (Jealous)  One of the home-town treats that I’ve been missing are pralines, or “pecan candy” as native New Orleanians call it.  It’s usually my staple souvenir whenever I travel home and friends or co-workers ask me to bring them something back. 

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The Lure of Eve’s Bayou

Eve’s Bayou.  Oh how I LOVE this movie!  Let’s see, Eve’s Bayou is a movie that, for me, provides an escape.  An escape to a world filled with lazy summer days, Louisiana bayous, vintage party dresses, conversations sprinkled with creole, spanish moss-draped trees, voodoo and beautiful lush scenery.  It just pulls you in.  Now let’s be clear, this is not some life-altering, I must now go out and save the world type movie.  For me, each time I watch it, it’s like a journey to another time, another realm.

Eve’s Bayou is a coming of age story of a 10 year old girl in 1962 Louisiana.  The movie tells the story of the Batiste family – a wealthy, educated Louisiana family who are the descendants of the slave woman for whom the town in which they live was named.  Louis Batiste, the family patriarch, is the town’s doctor who has a loving and gorgeous wife, beautiful children and a weakness for women.  Louis’s undoing is told as seen through the eyes of his 10 year old daughter Eve.

Aside from a powerhouse cast of Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Diahann Carroll, and a young Jurnee Smollett to name a few, the women in this film are just awesome!  Proud, beautiful, elegant and regal, even in the most vulnerable of times.  The women are just so… lady-like.  The period costumes make me want to run out to the thrift store to look for vintage dresses – seriously.  And then there’s that spiritual, mystical underlying element that’s always there.
Although release in 1997, this one is a must see classic.  I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie – and can sit engrossed as if I’ve never seen it before.

For your viewing pleasure, the following is the trailer for Eve’s Bayou.

What about you?  Have you ever seen Eve’s Bayou?  What’s your favorite movie?

September Sapphire Blog Challenge PromptWhich book and/or movie has affected you like no other? How? Why?


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