Louisiana Children’s Museum

I had a delightful time reading PRALINE LADY at the children’s museum today. My teen was the photographer, hubs videographer (see insta), mom guest services, and my daughter an invaluable assistant. Only person missing was my eldest.

Special thanks to my friends that showed up!!

Louisiana Children’s Museum
Louisiana’s Children’s Museum
Louisiana Children’s Museum
Louisiana Children’s Museum
Louisiana Children’s Museum
Supportive Friends
mi familia
Reserved parking space …until next time…

I ended with reading a brief section of the Author’s Note about the Black women that popularized pralines. An audience member asked what was cala? It was a fitting question which allowed me to honor Ms. Loretta Harrison of Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, one of the FEW that still made this old fashioned treat. This Praline Queen’s legacy of being the first Black woman to open a candy shop in the French Quarter will live on forevermore.

Country Roads Magazine – The Praline Ladies

My article “The Praline Ladies” was recently featured in the December issue of Country Roads Magazine. I really enjoyed writing it and sharing more of my research on these remarkable ladies.

Below is an excerpt. Please follow the link to read the article in its entirety.

As a child growing up in New Orleans, one of the memories I most return to is me, sitting in the kitchen, watching my grandmother make pralines. I can still picture her ladling the creamy mixture onto wax paper. I’d wait patiently as each dollop spread and magically cooled into an edible treat. As an adult, their magic never wavered. 

Continue reading here

Me with Ms. Loretta, of Loretta’s Authentic Pralines AKA the Queen of Pralines