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On the search for the perfect gumbo!

Green Gumbo Recipes: 100 and Counting

When a friend refused to believe there could actually be 300 recipes for gumbo, he mimicked the Bubba Gump routine “fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, baked shrimp, shrimp with rice, shrimp etoufee.”  His remarks made me pause to wonder if my … Continue reading

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Where You From?

I started to eavesdrop when I heard the word “gumbo.”  Behind the beauty shop privacy screen, two strangers, each getting a pedicure, were discussing a new Cajun restaurant on the beach. As my stylist shampooed my hair, I listened carefully, … Continue reading

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Recipes from the shelves of a bibliophile

Shopping at an estate sale of a bibliophile is better than any trip to a library or bookstore, especially when the book lover likes the same topics I do.  The setting of last week’s sale — a rambling 3500 square-foot … Continue reading

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Hot off the Press! Get Your Gumbo Recipes Here!

Like any student of journalism in the Deep South, I know exactly what a “picayune” is.  I learned the term in Journalism I at University of Southern Mississippi and have grown to appreciate the newspaper lore that accompanies the word.   … Continue reading

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Cookbooks for a Cause: Ursulines make history in New Orleans

I turned to the church for my latest cache of gumbo recipes to celebrate New Orleans’ 300th birthday. To be precise, I turned to the nuns at Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. They’ve been mixing the right ingredients since they … Continue reading

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In Case of Hurricane, Open Here

My trivia team scored big with the correct answer to a multiple choice question involving inventions.  Somehow all eight of us knew for a fact the can-opener was invented thirty years after the can. We didn’t win the big prize, … Continue reading

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Every Cookbook Collector’s Dream: A Photo Finish

Southern writer Pat Conroy collected recipes and cookbooks. So did Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Anne Porter. I hope, when they died, they didn’t have as many cookbooks as food journalist Russ Parsons.  He claims, at one time, to have owned … Continue reading

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