When you love food

Published 9:40 pm Friday, October 20, 2017

By Mary Ekene

Mmmmmmmm I just love the smell of baked banana bread coming straight from the oven. The taste of the bread is so soft, so moist, so fluffy.   I get hungry every time I taste a piece coming from Tutts Hands of Blessings with Sweets and Eats.

I recall eating lunch with a co-worker by the name of Desiree Lister and she was thinking and salivating over the idea of eating some banana pudding one of her friends had made the night before.

I said, “Desiree, are you ok? You seem like you are in a daze.”

She slowly stopped and turned her head to me and said, “Girl, you do not know what you are missing, my girlfriend can throw down.”

Then she started talking about this pecan pie cobbler her friend makes. When she started describing how she makes it and how it tastes I started salivating at the mouth as well.

Then one afternoon, I finally got to meet the infamous friend who makes all these delicious meals and desserts. She was a joy to meet. She shared with me how long she had been cooking and what her favorite recipes were.

Then one afternoon, she brought a piece of pecan pie to me. I had one taste and I wanted to smack someone. The pecan pie was so good I literally wanted to cry (You can tell I love food).

I turned to her and said, “I am happy.”

She looked at me and laughed. She said “I am glad you enjoyed it.”

Leneta Mouton is from Vinton, LA but was raised right here in Orange. She has been cooking and baking all of her life.

The name of her business is Tutts Hands of Blessings with Sweets and Eats. She does it all, meatloaf, chicken, pastas, gumbo, cakes, pies, cobblers, banana nut bread, salads, chilis etc. She is truly a beast in the kitchen.

One of the things about Ms. Mouton that makes her stand out like so few is that everything she cooks is from scratch.

“I love to make my meals from scratch, nothing artificial,” she says.

Mouton is a mother of two, a son, 21, son and a daughter, 16, and she simply enjoys a good time with friends and family. She loves to entertain a crowd and is so joyous.

She loves her business and continues to strive yearly.

“You have to love what you do in this life, and I simply love to cook and bake,” she states.

She is a positive, outgoing, vivacious young woman who main goal is to see people happy. Tutts Hands of Blessings will be around for a while not only because of her delicious meals but because of the love in her heart she puts into her cooking.

Leneta Mouton we support you and keep up the excellent work!


Mary Ekene/ The Institution of Performance Arts in Orange, Texas