Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Welcome to the French-Creole Market!

Each item posted in the French-Creole Market reflects an important aspect of Louisiana's French-Creole history and heritage.  

All sale items are under an agreement to donate all or a portion of its sales to the National Grand Family Heritage Foundation (NGFHF).

Your purchase of items in the French-Creole Market not only brings you something with historical and cultural significance, but also helps the Mission of NGFHF -a non-profit educational organization preserving Louisiana's French-Creole history and heritage!


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BEST OF EVERYTHING: Mama's Creole Kitchen


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 Guidry's Fabulous Creole Cookbook!

Over 300 of the best Creole Family Heritage recipes and memories by Marilyn Goudeau Guidry - a descendant of all 5 GrandF amily bloodlines - Dupre, Goudeau, Lacour, Metoyer, and Ray !!!



Open this cook book and you are immersed in a world of Creole cultural and culinary delights. The cook book, “Best of Everything: Mama’s Creole Kitchen,” by Port Arthur resident Marilyn Goudeau Guidry, has over 300 recipes including family photos, and special memories that reflect her heritage. Many of the recipes stem from the Creole cooking dating over 100 years, and many from her fabulous collections and creations over her many years cooking.

Guidry’s father, Warrington Bernard Goudeau, owned and operated Goudeau’s Grocery and Meat Market in Port Arthur for many years. The cover of her cook book is a photo of her father’s first grocery store which he organized in what was originally the living room of his home. It was here that Marilyn’s cooking skills were first cultivated over 55 years ago at the young age of 12 years.

Recently featured as a Port Arthur News “Senior on the Go,” Guidrymom mustard pa news photo 4 web speaks of her childhood growing up in the grocery business, “I am very proud of the way they made me work.” She dedicates her new cook book to her father who “always encouraged me to cook, cook, cook” and “to never give up.”

 And she did not give up. By the time she reached 17 years, she received the Betty Crocker’s National Homemaker of Tomorrow Award. As a mother of seven, she nurtured her children by cooking each daily meal, often having creative international meals with a unique Creole touch.

In Texas, “Mama Guidry” has catered numerous social events, including weddings, parties, and dinners for politicians and officials. Almost everyday, a friend or family member calls her for directions and tips when attempting to cook a dish.

After retiring from owning and operating her beauty shop in 2001, she got right to work again on her lifelong dream - writing a cook book. After nearly a lifetime of preparation and months of work, it’s finished!


Marilyn Goudeau Guidry is the Honorary Hostess of the Grand Family Reunion 2011: Celebrating 30 Years! She is a lifelong resident of Port Arthur with family roots in the Creole communities of Goudeau and Cane River, Louisiana.

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Ease into a comfortable seat and enjoy this beautiful coffee table book with photograghic sights of Natchitioches and Cane River and the fascinating story of the Creoles of Isle Brevelle as told by co-author and Grand Family Historian, Harlan "Mark" Guidry. 



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Nestled on the banks of the Cane River, Natchitoches (pronounced NAK-i-tush) is the most beautiful inland town in Louisiana.

Founded in 1714 as a French colonial settlement, it boasts brick streets, venerable architecture, and a charming ambiance that draw visitors from around the world. Nearby, a magnificent plantation country and the multicultural Creole community of Isle Brevelle amplify the area's allure. This stunning gallery of photographs by Philip Gould, along with edifying articles, documents the varying cultures of the Cane River region, one of the state's oldest and most historically French areas.

natch four authorsThe book opens with a look at Natchitoches proper and its breathtaking architectural gems, including stately churches and elegant homes. Gould also captures the life pulsing behind these impressive facades. A blues band performs its monthly gig at Roque's Grocery. A child prepares to be baptized in the Cane River. A young couple celebrates their marriage in high style. Through Gould's lens and an enlightening history by Richard Seale, Natchitoches yesterday and today comes alive. The regal residences and faded communities that lie beyond Natchitoches are remnants of a once bustling plantation economy. Accompanied by revealing commentary from Robert DeBlieux, Gould trains his talented eye on the majestic estates of Oakland, Magnolia, Oaklawn, Cherokee, Beaufort, and Melrose plantations and on the tiny town of Cloutierville, once home to writer Kate Chopin.

The bookspotlights the nearby Creole settlement of Isle Brevelle, which dates back to the area's colonial period. Gould celebrates the music, food, folklore, architecture, and landscape of this vibrant multiethnic community — which originated with a French planter and a former slave. Harlan Mark Guidry, one of the many descendants of Isle Brevelle now living throughout the United States, narrates the story of this unique cultural treasure. Natchitoches and Louisiana's Timeless Cane River offers passage through an extraordinary world where people, heritage, and history are inseparably intertwined. Natives and tourists alike will relish the journey.  Harlan Mark Guidry is a Creole historian and physician executive in Kemah, Texas, near Houston.

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"Cane River and its Creole Stories, by Kathleen Balthazar Heitzmann, looks at life on Cane River during the teens, twenties, and thirties of the twentieth-century through stories, letters, and interviews.

Cane River, located in rural Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, is a unique place in America. Its inhabitants are descendents from French noblemen and merchants, African slaves, and the Native American Choctaw, Canneci and Natchez tribes, who in the 1800s led an aristocratic life. That life was shattered in the aftermath of the Civil War, when their antebellum status as free people was forgotten and everyone with a trace of African descent became ex-slaves in the eyes of the law and our social system.



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