A grandmother’s life in Louisiana: ‘We were poor but we were never hungry’

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Natalize Baszile says that her grandmother, Miss Rose, not only made dirty rice for her family, but for anyone who asked. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Natalie Baszile recounts a visit with Miss Rose, the affectionate moniker of her grandmother, and the elder’s two-day train ride from Louisiana to Los Angeles. A teenaged Baszile recorded her grandmother’s narrative of her life and how to prepare her signature dish of “dirty rice” — using bell pepper, onion, and celery (known as the “Holy Trinity”), long grain rice, ground beef, and a cast-iron skillet — as a way of connecting with her community.



Evan Kleiman