Senator Ellender was called “Chef Supreme” and “#1 in the Senate, #1 in the Kitchen.” His Cajun cuisine has been tasted by Presidents, first ladies, Congressmen, and many other political dignitaries. Even today the U.S. Senate cafeteria serves an “Ellender gumbo.” From gumbo to pralines, we hope you enjoy these recipes taught to Senator Ellender by his mother when he was still a boy in Terrebonne Parish.