Cajun Colonel, local author offering free cooking class
by James Phillips
Jun 02, 2012 | 1084 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Colonel Paul’s Cajun Seasoning is available at grocery stores and specialty shops throughout the United States, and east Walker residents will have the opportunity to meet the man behind the seasoning line today at Piggly Wiggly in Dora.

Colonel William G. Paul has been in the seasoning business since 1992. His seasoning is the only brand of cajun seasoning made in Louisiana to come in mild, medium or hot and spicy. He will be at Dora’s new Piggly Wiggly store today with Walker County author Edie Hand to hold a free cooking class and storytelling session. Paul and Hand have authored a cookbook together, “Cajun and Creole Cooking with Miss Edie and the Colonel.” Paul said the book is a history of the evolution of Louisiana cooking and describes the differences between Cajun and Creole cuisine.

“Having been born in New Orleans, and lived in both Louisiana and Alabama all of my life, I enjoy spreading ‘joie de vivre’ that we in Louisiana feel about life and cooking,” Paul said. “To us, life is all about good food, good music, good family and great times.”

Hand said the cooking class, food sampling and storytelling will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Piggly Wiggly. Hand said the duo will have some free cookbooks available during the event.

“We’ll have free cookbooks while they last,” she said.

Piggly Wiggly, which held its grand opening ceremony earlier this week, opened in Dora in late March.

“I am so excited about Piggly Wiggly now being in the Dora community,” Hand said.

Paul said he’s looking forward to today’s event.

“Edie and I will be there tomorrow and will be cooking up some good food, playing some great music, signing copies of our cookbook and having a good time with all who come by the store,” he said.