People always ask me how I learned to cook. I must say, I’ve always loved to eat. So cooking just grew out of that desire. When I was in 4th or 5th grade, CABLE TV came to our neighborhood! Now instead of 7 network channels & some rabbit ears, we had 100 stations and great reception. I was like Jim Carey in Cable Guy loading my brain with hours of couch potato, brain numbing cable tv. I feel like my grandma now… “back in my day, we didn’t have…” cable tv. During the early days of Cable, I loved to watch cooking shows and my favorite was The Cajun Chef with Justin Wilson. I used to loooveeeee it when he said, “I Garontee”, I used to say it myself all the time to get laughs out of people. Anywho, my friends Katie & Linda from my street Zion Ct. would come over to my house & we would film imaginary cooking shows while actually cooking real food. Grandma always let us do our thing. My Grandma O’Neill lived with us half the year and half the year in New Jersey or Virginia. While she was with us, she always loved any action in the kitchen. You shoulda seen the excitment in her eyes when she would make her famous Sausae & Peppers recipe. I think her zest for cooking rubbed off on me.
Do you guys remember Justin Wilson?
This one’s for Lastman! The Cajun Chef talkes about Squirrel Hunting
Just gonna get a little wiinneeee
Ok one more. “In’t dat a beauty? In’t dat a beautiful red snapper, I garontee that she fine wooonnnnn!”
After pursuing a career as a safety engineer, Justin traveled up and down the bayous for years telling Cajun stories. He found an ever-growing market for his tales, and was finally persuaded to put them on record so that a vast number of people could enjoy them. That very first album sold more than a million copies. I just bought my copy & I’m so excited to get it in the mail!
He described himself most often as a “damn good cook”! And it was his Cajun cooking that gained him the most notoriety. The author of seven best-selling Cajun cookbooks and two books of humorous Cajun stories, his cooking series were aired from coast-to-coast on Public Television and worldwide on Armed Services television. Justin died September 5, 2001. Check out his website for more info.
Speaking of “damn good cooks” look what Raekwon tweeted about me the other night… I’m still blushing!