We didn’t grow up eating okra. It was not part of the Midwestern table. At least not the ones I was sitting at. It didn’t enter my field of vision until I moved to the sunny southland. And the first time it really made an indelible print on me was during a visit to Charleston. My great friend Proal Perry and I were both working at Louie’s Backyard in 1987. Proal was the founder and part owner. I was …. as I’m sure you might guess; the Chef. 

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