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Hurricane Gumbo: Music, Poetry, Legend or Recipe?

  Why Margaret Mang named her gumbo “Hurricane Gumbo” I’ll never know for sure.  But I have a good guess. Her 1982 recipe appears in A Cookbook  from The Woman’s Club of Pensacola that I picked up at an estate … Continue reading

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Small towns focus on food celebrations for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras dinner at a local Catholic church proved the perfect way to start Mardi Gras Week. I toted my petite Blue Crab Boil purse and wore my beads. The gumbo was so good, I’d like to order a gallon. … Continue reading

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Sancocho: Gumbo, Colombian Style

Today, guest author and friend Jeannie Zokan of Gulf Breeze, Florida, brings an international touch to The Gumbo Diaries. Her memories of a native dish hint at the flavor of her first novel, The Existence of Pity. The book is … Continue reading

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Braving Pokemon in the Kansas heat —

I wish my writing sabbatical to visit grandkids had been as peaceful as this picture. No such luck.  On the first day of my Kansas visit my grandson’s dog trapped me in the basement. I was just trying to take … Continue reading

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115 Year-Old Recipe & the Gumbo Tastes Great

I’d forgotten how much I loved the British reality series The 1900 House until I tried my hand at making gumbo using the 1901 recipe from my last post. About 30 minutes into cooking I wondered how big a 1901 … Continue reading

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Turning the Tables: Judging a Gumbo Cookoff

A great a panel of gumbo cookoff  judges is like a pot of gumbo – diverse in ingredients and rich in flavor.  Of course, I didn’t know this until I met the other judges in the 11th Annual Gulf Breeze … Continue reading

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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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