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Chez Hansen

Southern Life. Progressive Values. ABOUT ME

I was born in Memphis, Tenn., October 21, 1981 to Lewis “Lou” Hansen and Valerie Hansen. I was the first of three kids. Our family lived a lower-middle class life in Memphis, where went to Audubon Park Baptist Church, spent a lot of time with family, played sports (mostly basketball and baseball), and worked hard. We spent a lot of time at Lake Enid in northern Mississippi (where my grandparents had a trailer) and in the Ozarks (where my great-grandparents lived). Looking back, those were my happy places.

Recent Blog Posts

Homemade Gumbo Recipe

Homemade Gumbo Recipe

I realize that gumbo is not the most attractive dish — as the picture above clearly demonstrates. But there is nothing like homemade gumbo, especially when you nail the roux on the first try and make your stock from scratch. This is one of those dishes that's always a...

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On Faith & Community: My Day in East Lake

On Faith & Community: My Day in East Lake

East Lake United Methodist Church (ELUMC). It took a moment to get my bearings, but navigating hallways of old churches is something of a pastime — an instinct, really — for many who grew up in the South. It’s not unlike the cliché of riding a bicycle; just replace...

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