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 gumbo chef.

K is for 24 Karat

In The Little Gumbo Book, author Gwen McKee describes 24 Karat Gumbo as “Rich . . . in every sense of the word.” I’ll say. It’s got 24 ingredients. She says it’s a little more trouble and a little more expensive but worth it. Here’s the recipe as posted in Genie’s Southern Kitchen Forum.

2 pounds raw shrimp in shells
3 quarts water
3 lemon slices
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon K’s Cajun Seasoning (or salt and pepper)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup flour
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 (14-ounce) can tomatoes, chopped
3 (10-ounce) packages frozen cut okra
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons each: chopped parsley, Tabasco, Worcestershire
1 1/2 teaspoons each: salt, black pepper, dried basil
2 cups cooked chicken, torn into bite-size pieces
4 crabs with claws, cleaned and quartered (or 12 ounces picked crabmeat)
12 – 16 oysters with liquid
Chopped green onions
Boil shrimp in water with lemon, bay leaves, and seasoning.  Boil 1 minute, then remove shrimp to platter to cool.  Discard lemon and bay leaves; reserve stock.  Make roux by browning flour and oil.  Add roux to stockpot along with remaining ingredients except seafood, filé, and green onions; simmer 30 minutes. Peel shrimp and add to stock with other seafood.  Cook gently about 20 – 30 minutes.  Serve over rice and pass the filé and green onions..Serves 12 -15 impressively.

LL is for LuLu’s Gumbo

Lucy Buffett, sister to singing legend Jimmy Buffett, is famous in her own right as a chef and restaurateur of LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama . Her LA (Lower Alabama) Caviar made with black-eyed peas is listed as one of the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die. For me, it’s the gumbo recipe in her Crazy Sista cookbook that’s mouth-watering (and time consuming). Here’s the recipe for  Lucy Buffett’s Seafood Gumbo

During the 2010 BP Oil Spill, almost within eyesight of Lucy’s restaurant, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band “played for gumbo” before thousands with a benefit concert on the beach at Gulf Shores. Listen along.


Jimmy Buffett at the BP Oil Spill Benefit Concert, 2010. Cs Monitor photo.



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

  1. Scott says:

    I really appreciated Jimmy Buffet’s support for the people of the Gulf Coast–and that of a few other celebrities. But I remember wondering why there were not more celebrities offering their support. After all, so many celebrities had offered their support for the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (though sadly not for any devastated area outside of New Orleans). And so many celebrities had offered their support for the people of Haiti, after the earthquake there.

    And someone gave me a very disturbing answer. This person said it was because the BP oil spill was a “man-made” disaster. In other words, most celebrities–being total hypocrites regarding environmental issues–blamed all of us, the people of the Gulf Coast, for the BP oil spill, because of our dependence on fossil fuels. Yet these same celebrities depended on fossil fuels also.

    And just the other day it occurred to me–almost no celebrities had offered any support for the people of Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil spill either.

    As disturbing as this person’s answer was–as to why so few celebrities offered their support for the people of the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill–I think he was right.

    Not only are celebrities among the most hypocritical people in the world–they’re also among the most shallow.

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  2. I’d never thought about it either, but it seems those who came to help the most after Katrina — Harry Connick,Jr., Aaron Neville, John Besh, Jimmy Buffett, Brett Favre. Robin Roberts., Ellen DeGeneres had close personal ties with the area. Brad PItt and Angelina Jolie, Sean Pean, Julia Roberts were an exception, but then Pitt & Jolie they were fostering their “green idea.” Drew Brees, of course, had a new job with the Saints. Five years later all the “celebrities” were gone except the locals. As for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, no celebrities without personal connections even noticed. Thanks for reading and bringing this topic into discussion.


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