HOMETOWN: West Monroe, Louisiana
OCCUPATION: Mother, Star of Duck Dynasty
WHAT’S ON HER PLATE: Taping the next season of Duck Dynasty; The release of her cookbook, Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen; and the Robertson family’s new Christmas album, Duck the Halls, with performances by Luke Bryan and George Strait
I had so many people ask me if I would write a cookbook. Fans from all over America. So when the book company said, “We want a Miss Kay cookbook,” I thought, “Oh, the fans will be so happy!” The hardest part was that [my husband] Phil would not measure his ingredients. He’d say “everybody should know this.” It just infuriates him to have to do something he doesn’t feel is necessary, and to get Phil to do anything he doesn’t want to do is a major undertaking. We had our hands full with that.
We had such a fun time recording Duck the Halls. The studio was all decorated for Christmas. And then [my son] Willie came in, and he had on Christmas pajamas. His hair looked like he just woke up and crawled out of bed; it was standing straight up. His wife, Korie, was embarrassed he looked so ragged, but somebody put a Christmas hat on him, and we laughed and laughed. The neatest song [on the album] is Willie singing “Hairy Christmas” with Luke Bryan. Oh, my goodness, I love that song.
Before Christmas dinner, we do appetizers, like duck breasts with jalapeños and cream cheese, wrapped in bacon on the grill. It’s not exactly health food, but it’s what the boys pick every year.
We love having family in the house, especially if it has anything to do with Christmas. About 15 years ago, my son Al and his wife, Lisa, and their girls, Alex and Anna, stayed with us on Christmas Eve. We had put Alex and Anna’s presents under the tree and all nestled down for a long winter’s nap. In the middle of the night, Phil smelled smoke. The frame of our brand-new fireplace had caught fire and was threatening to burn our house down. Phil hollered for everyone to get out, and we all scrambled to grab things that were irreplaceable. I grabbed my recipes; Al, Lisa, and Alex grabbed as many photos as they could. When we got to Anna, we found her arms were filled to overflowing with one thing: her Christmas presents. In the middle of the blazing fire, she had crawled under the Christmas tree and frantically sorted through all the presents to find the ones with her name on them. We still laugh about that.
A lot of my childhood memories are from my grandmother. I learned cooking and hospitality from her. That being pretty on the inside is better than being pretty on the outside. And—one of the best things she ever taught me—that people are more important than things.
I love frog legs. Sometimes the boys and Phil will frog hunt all night, and we’ll fry up frog legs for breakfast, have them with biscuits. That’s my frog legs brunch.
When we first started Duck Commander, we didn’t see the walls of our bedroom for 10 years. There were always duck calls stacked in there. We would come home every day after work and package duck calls.
I am a people person. You know how some people say they never meet someone they don’t like? Well, most times, I can tell you that I don’t just like people, I love them. I do. It’s easy for me to love people.
I try to teach my boys to count their blessings every day. Even though we’ve come to all this fame, they should never forget where they came from. We had humble beginnings, and I don’t want them to forget that—ever.