Posts Tagged ‘Crawfish’

Pictures of Papa – Charles Franck LaBiche Sr.

November 17, 2009

Charles Franck LaBiche, Sr., and Marcus Crescentius LaBiche, Sr.

Armand Anthony Legendre & Ruth LaBiche Legendre, Charles Franck LaBiche, Sr., & Mirza Trist LaBiche

Charles Franck LaBiche, Sr., sitting under umbrella. Mirza Trist LaBiche right background with hat. Everybody else unidentified.

Armand Anthony Legendre, Sr., at left. Charles Franck LaBiche, Sr., at right. Mirza Trist LaBiche to right of steering wheel, seated. Ruth LaBiche Legendre to left of Charles LaBiche, standing. The rest unidentified.


My Papa died when I was 7 years old, so all of the photos of him are from quite a while ago.

One of my favorites is him with Uncle Marcus (his brother – actually my Great Uncle) holding boiled crawfish, and a glass of beer. Mama said that this photos was taken in the ’40s.

Papa was a golfer, and I am happy to have some of his golf trophies. I had even more, but my car was broken into on Port Street in the ’80s, and a whole box full was stolen. I’m sure they didn’t mean as much to the thief as they did to me.

Aunt Ruth was Papa’s sister. Papa was the Men’s Department buyer and Aunt Ruth was the Ladies Department buyer for the family clothing store, LaBiche’s. I believe that Aunt Ruth’s husband, Armand Legendre, was the Shoe Department buyer. The whole bunch of them would go to New York a couple of times a year on buying trips.

Crawfish Bisque Recipe

November 2, 2009


Crawfish Bisque

a sample recipe from Cafe Sassone Cookbook
Crawfish Bisque

Crawfish Bisque photo captured during recipe kitchen testing.
My all-time favorite thing. I never order this in a restaurant because I will be disappointed, so if I want some, I have to make it myself. Way back when, Mama and Mamie used to order wonderful Crawfish Bisque from a man named Mr. Clade. It came in interestingly-printed round cardboard cartons. Something happened to Mr. Clade, and we no longer had Crawfish Bisque. Terrible dilemma! So one day in the early ’70s at Queenie Regina camp in Little Woods, Mama and I decided to make Crawfish Bisque ourselves. Queenie Regina is gone, but I still have the scribbled and stained recipe card with my notes of what went into that ultimately perfect batch. And here it is for posterity.

Oh, and don’t let anybody try to tell you to skip the step of stuffing the heads and frying them, and the bisque will be the same with just balls of stuffing, and bla bla bla. It’s not the same. I fell for this work-saving suggestion and tried it one year, and the bisque suffered for it. If you’re going to do this much work, and only once a year, you might as well go all the way. (The stuffing is excellent made into balls and fried as an hors d’oeuvre, though, if you aren’t up to making bisque.)


For heads:

1 clove garlic
2 small onions
½ bell pepper
2 green onions
1 stalk celery
cayenne pepper
6 tablespoons stick margarine
½ pound crawfish tails (or 4 to 5 pounds crawfish in shell, peeled)
1 cup French bread crumbs
60 crawfish “heads”, cleaned (pick out the largest ones)
flour for dredging
oil for frying

Grind everything except heads, flour, and oil. (Back then we used a meat grinder that clamped onto the counter or table. Mama and Mamie each had one but they went away in Katrina. Now you can just use the Cuisinart, but don’t overprocess.) Mix it all together and stuff into the heads. Dredge the stuffed heads in flour and fry in hot oil. Drain on paper towels.

For bisque:

½ cup bacon grease or oil
½ cup flour
3 medium onions, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ bunch green onions, sliced
2 quarts stock made from crawfish claws
4 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 pound crawfish tails (or 8 to 10 pounds crawfish in shell, peeled)
3 cups rice, cooked

Make roux with bacon grease or oil and flour. When roux is somewhat darker than the color of peanut butter, add the vegetables to the roux. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Add the stock, parsley, and seasonings, and cook a couple of hours, adding more stock or water as needed. Check for seasonings. Add heads and tails, heat through, and serve over rice.

Makes 10 servings

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