Louisiana: A Distinctive Style and Taste Odyssey

A late summer commencement ceremony and “we are family” celebration calls for a home statecation.

Between last week’s Louisiana Gulf Coastal style post and a re-familiarizing of intrastate points of interest I am, to borrow and embellish a line from Billy Joel, in a Louisiana state of mind.

Louisiana excels in taking the senses on a distinctive style and taste odyssey.

alligator-home-decor1House Beautiful –  Jennifer Bevan Interiors

This boot-shaped state of which I speak takes the word unique and runs parish to parish with the concept.

alligator print fabric

alligator dinner plates

A telltale (or should I say telltail) sign is the alligator influence evident upon our walls and plates, and vice versa.


crocodile tray

Good taste through decor and plate is native to our Louisiana lagniappe appeal.

fried-alligator-CochonCochon’s Fried Alligator with Chili Garlic Mayonnaise


Gallery walls adorned in details and turtle shells inspire the palette of color and the palate of taste.

gold turtle shell

Straight from page 71 in the 1967 edition of the Talk About Good cookbook by members of the Lafayette Junior League, their relatives and friends is Mrs. Helen M. Hayeses’ Turtle Soup II recipe.

talk about good cookbook

Talk about good!

talk-about-good-cook-book-turtle-soup-recipeTurtle Soup II ~ Monteleone

Louisiana-paint-colorsBenjamin Moore

I love the Louisiana proper names given to these paint colors from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and PPG Pittsburgh Paints.

seafood-paint-colors1Cajun Shrimp ~ Lemon Twist ~ Sea Salt

Salted Roasted Shrimp

3  cups kosher salt
2  pounds head-on unpeeled large shrimp
Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 400°.  On a large rimmed baking sheet, add salt in an even layer.  Bake 10 minutes.  Remove ½ cup salt and reserve.  Arrange shrimp evenly over hot salt; sprinkle with ½ cup reserved hot salt. Cover tightly with foil.  Bake just until shrimp turn pink, 6 to 8 minutes.  Discard excess salt.  Place shrimp on a serving platter; squeeze lemon over shrimp.

~ Louisiana Cookin’

Am I the only one who is craving Cajun shrimp sprinkled with a generous amount of sea salt and a lemon twist?

Louisiana Cookin’ reads my mind.

That will satisfy the palate portion of the Louisiana lagniappe show.

Now to find the perfect space for Louisiana themed decor accents, a native pattern and a home state inspired paint palette.

Love your style!

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2 thoughts on “Louisiana: A Distinctive Style and Taste Odyssey”

  1. Darleen, I smiled at this post; and then, I saw the paint colors! Our living room is very similar to ‘Alligator Alley’, the kitchen is similar to ‘Louisiana Hot Sauce’ and the home office is very similar to ‘Tree Moss’. I guess you can take the girl out of Louisiana; but, you can’t take Louisiana out of the girl!

  2. Very similar, indeed! Tree Moss- gorgeous! Alligator Alley- on the must try list! When I was deep in thought trying to come up with the title for this post I thought Louisiana: A Distinctive Style and Taste Oddity might be the way to go. Our state is a lot of things, good and bad, but great style and good taste(s) prevails. To know us is to love us!

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