Monthly Archives: December 2015

Over There Makes Over Here Safer

Before I knew a real gumbo tree (gumbo-limbo to be exact) existed, I wrote a Christmas post about making a miniature Gumbo Tree. I finally made the tiny Christmas tree this year, with the help of my cousin Becky. It’s … Continue reading

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Y to Z, Ya Ya to Z’Herbes, Gumbo, of course

Colorful words like roux, boudin, filé, cuchon, ya ya and z’herbes add intrigue and  flavor to gumbo. But usually Gumbo Ya Ya doesn’t apply to a recipe for gumbo. In New Orleans culture, it means everyone talks at the same … Continue reading

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W is Wild Game Gumbo, X is for a pot of XTRA Culture

When our church group hosted a Wild Game Dinner, hunters came out in full force carrying crock pots, casseroles and platters of mysterious meats emitting wonderful, woodsy aromas. Despite  bad jokes about armadillo and rattlesnake dishes, the evening featured fantastic … Continue reading

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U is for Eula Mae’s Gumbo, V is Vegetarian

Eula Mae Dore gained fame as a Cajun cook on Avery Island, Louisiana, home of the McIlhenny Family and Tabasco sauce. A self-taught cook, she managed the Tabasco commissary with her husband, and cooked for the island’s residents, visitors, owners … Continue reading

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S is for Sausage & Dove Gumbo, T is for Town Point Crab

As I  watch the           Mourning Doves strutting around under the bird feeder in the backyard, it’s hard to imagine using them in gumbo. For me, doves are easier to love than cook. But, for all you dove hunters out there, … Continue reading

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Q is for Quick Half Hour Gumbo, R for Real Estate Gumbo

Two years ago when my son cooked Chicken and Dumplings using a rotisserie chicken and canned biscuits, a whole new world opened for me. Cooking got simpler. It’s hard to remember grocery stores without rotisserie chickens sitting in their little … Continue reading

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O is for Okra & Seven-Steak, P is for Pulled Pork Gumbo

I once worked in a warehouse office in Harahan, Louisiana, with a gal from just down the road in Destrehan. When we had pot luck at work, she’d bring in gourmet dishes made from the toughest pieces of meat – … Continue reading

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M is for Marion, N is Betty Crocker’s New Orleans Gumbo

I missed the gumbo-by-the-quart sale at the Grand Bay Methodist Church and I missed the gumbo lunch at Pensacola’s First Methodist Church, but I didn’t miss the gumbo deal at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal. It just didn’t involve eating gumbo. I … Continue reading

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K is 24 Karat, and L is for LuLu’s Crazy Sista Gumbo

Today’s seafood gumbo recipes take time, probably more than anyone has 10 days before Christmas. So, perhaps just ponder the ingredients and cook another day. Me? I’m listening to the gumbo sounds of Jimmy Buffett, brother of the Crazy Sista … Continue reading

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Celebrity Gumbo: I is Incredible Emeril, J is John Besh

When it comes to celebrity chefs who make gumbo, Emeril Lagasse and John Besh top my list. I’ve seen both in person. In Los Angeles in 2001, I went to the filming of an episode of Emeril, a short-lived NBC … Continue reading

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