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A Bittersweet Batch of Talent and Cajun Lovin’

WORLD CAFE LIVE | photo by Fabian Checo | JESSE DEE

Put on a blind fold, pick any of the tracks off of Jesse Dee’s album and figure it out. He’s not Al Green, or James Brown.  In fact, he kind of looks like he could be your big brother… if your brother sounds like some of the old greats and happens to be into cajun and all that encompasses southern cookin’.

Growing up in Boston

“My dad is a really good cook. I’ve always watched him and definitely been more interested in the creation of the food, and not just the eating. He’s big into grilling, and my mom did more of the baking cookies and cakes and that sort of thing.”

Don’t Sing and Eat, or Eat and Record

In the not too distant future, Jesse and the guys are putting out a new album which they’ve started recording.

“If I’m singing in the studio more times then not I don’t eat a big meal during the middle of it. I try and separate meals and studio time whenever possible, for the simple reason of wanting to enjoy the meal more.”

Jesse’s Favorite Restaurants

Dali Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Somerville MA

Comfort, Richmond VA – “In downtown Richmond you’ll find Comfort, which has some of the best southern comfort food I’ve ever had” said Jesse.

Lil’ Frankies, New York City – “Whenever I’m in NY I’m always trying to squeeze a meal in and more times then not it’s usually pizza. I really like Little Frankies in the East Village and they’re open pretty late which tends to be convenient after a show.”

PB&J and Cheese?

“So I know PB&J sandwiches are pretty common when you’re growing up, and I ate them, but I happen to also be a big fan of cheese; I put cheese on everything. More often then not, I would put American Cheese on my PB&J sandwich but today I’ll usually go with a nice jack or something similar.”

Jesse in the Kitchen

Through out our conversation, we always ended back to Cajun, especially when we got around to talking about his own cooking habits.

“I’m into cajun food: gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp. A larger group I make a big turkey and cooking stuffed pork. Really depends on the occasion and really into Thai food.”

With a new album in the works, Burlington Jazz Festival, and some other stateside shows at various points during the summer, I highly suggest that you keep an eye on his concert schedule and get out and see at least one of his shows!

Take a look below at one of Jesse’s favorite recipes!  Bon Apetit!

Coconut Cajun Shrimp with Mango Salsa









24 large fresh shrimp (21 – 30 count)
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cajun spice ( or desired amount )
2 eggs , thoroughly beaten
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups shredded coconut


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray large baking sheet with desired non stick spray.
Season shrimp evenly ( both sides ) with cajun spice and pepper.
Put the flour, eggs, and coconut in three separate bowls.
Dip shrimp in egg first, then flour, then back in egg, followed by a generous dip in the coconut.
Arrange shrimp on baking sheet and bake 12 – 15 minutes or until golden.
Serve with mango salsa !




1 fresh mango, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 medium sweet green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

Directions :

Mix together all ingredients in a bowl, cover, and let it sit for 4 – 5 hours.
Ready to serve.

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  1. Marissa / Dec 25 2015

    Hi Westfall Family. My name is Meghan Marner, and I am 15 years old. I have an 18 year old reining Quarter Horse named Magic, and I love him to pceies. I’ve been with Magic for about a year and a half now. But every time I take him to a reining show, even if its a small potluck at our home arena, he loses his cool. He tenses and bolts through the entire pattern, utterly anxious and upset. When we are riding at home, (me, Magic, and sometimes my trainer Abby), he is a very talented reiner, and an all around happy horse. He showed in his younger years, and did very well. Do you think he is just done with showing? I love him so much, and don’t want to move on to another horse, but I also don’t want to put him through something that makes him upset. Do you have any suggestions, or any ideas about how to help my horse to be happy and calm at shows? Thank you for your time, and please answer back!p.s. I started reining after seeing your bridless ride with Roxy! Thank you for the inspiration!

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