Cooking runs in my family. Corrine is my great aunt and she had a restaurant for over 50 years

December 26, 2016
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Cooking runs in my family. Corrine is my great aunt and she had a restaurant for over 50 years

Cooking runs in my family. Corrine is my great aunt and she had a restaurant for over 50 years

“I was cooking at the convention center and they changed companies. They shipped me around the US and based me out of Mississippi, but the work got slow and they gave me a settlement and bought me out. I bought the food truck with some of that money. I named it Corrine’s Rolling Kitchen and have had it for seven years. Corrine is my great aunt and she had a restaurant on Dauphin Island Parkway for about 50 years. I am the oldest of six and have always liked to cook. My mom tells me I outcook all of the girls. I have a degree in fine arts and culinary arts and put it together. I cooked seafood before, but after the oil spill the bottom fell out so I changed to chicken wings and then chicken tenders and other chicken dishes. I have a commissary in Prichard and prep my food there. I have built up a clientele downtown but it is hard to find locations and you have to work your way up to the good ones. Cooking is a thing in my family, my great grandmother cooked for a congressman and my grandmother and mother cooked in the school system. I still go to my mama for advice if I run into a snare. I buy everything fresh and then marinate and season it at the commissary. The prep work is where the secret is. My two dogs wake me up at 6 every morning and then I get started. The days are long, but it is my livelihood, I have to do what I have to do to make this work. There is no other option. I sign the front of my paycheck instead of the back and that means freedom to me. 12-14 hours working for me is shorter than 8 hours working for someone else. I fish to get away from it. Most of the work is in Mobile, but I have worn out about five sets of tires going to festivals in Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando and Mississippi. Corrine was 96 when she died and she has been dead for six years. I am proud this keeps her memory going and people remember her.”

3 comments on “Cooking runs in my family. Corrine is my great aunt and she had a restaurant for over 50 years”

  1. Earle Wslkley says:

    I ate many a fine meal with Corrine and Sister at the restaurant. Wish they were still there. Where are you setting up most of the time?

  2. Roger parker says:

    I worked at the electronics company across the street from Corrine’s kitchen in the 70s and 80s, we loved her and her wonderful food, all cooked on a wood fired stove…this post brought back good memories of lunches from the past…

  3. Alison says:

    OMGEEES!! I LOVED Mrs Corrine!! I grew up on DIP and remember very much her beautiful disposition and yummy food!! I’m so proud to see you keeping up the tradition!! I thought I’d never hear of her again!! Great food but even better memories!

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