ANDERSON, Ind. —
Etouffee is another dish for which Green gets repeat requests.
“Etouffee means smothered,” explained Green. “Most Cajun foods are served over rice – in Louisiana, we have a plethora of rice.” Green describes her shrimp etouffee, “It’s a creamy shrimp sauce over rice. It’s my favorite.”
Green also cooks up Cajun hand-breaded tenderloin. “I do my own version.”
Beignets will also be on the menu tomorrow. These are French doughnuts made from fried sweet dough.
Green suggested that people like the Cajun and Southern fare she prepares for a number of reasons.
“It’s something different,” said Green. “It’s well seasoned. It fills you up. There’s something pretty satisfying about it.”
The Louisiana native moved to Anderson about 11 years ago. She first met her future husband at the Church of God campground when she was just 14 years old. The two started writing letters to each other, and eventually attended college together before marrying 17 years ago. Green holds a degree in Christian ministry psychology and sociology from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City.
Green put that degree to work, too. In addition to her cooking, she is a visit supervisor for the Children’s Bureau, a job she has held for almost eight years. Jeff balances his Big Easy commitments with his work as a courier for Fed Ex Express.
The couple has two kids who also get in on The Big Easy act. Eleven-year old Ian likes to run the cash register. As for Jacob, 14, Green said, “He likes to cook.” During the summer, the whole family mans the trailer’s fully-equipped kitchen.
The rest of Green’s family eventually even relocated to Madison County, including her parents, grandmother, brother and sister.
“They all kind of trickled up here,” said Green.
Still, Green said she tries to get back to Louisiana every couple of years. Among other things, she really enjoys the cuisine.