Deep Country Roots
Ben’s earliest and favorite family memories centered around his grandparent’s country home place in rural North Louisiana. There, he played in the fields, fished, heard unending laughter, celebrated his favorite holidays; but, mostly, Ben watched the finest meals in the world being prepared before his very eyes. He watched how flour, meal and spices were delicately mixed with basic seasonings to produce smells and textures that he can still recall to this very day. Summer vegetables were selected at their peak freshness from the garden and brought in wooden baskets through that creaky screened backdoor and straight to the kitchen. Literally within hours, an American feast was served.