I do believe it will be gumbo weather soon. We had some at our son’s house Monday. It was left over from one of his customers last weekend. He is always cooking something.

You are never sure what he will come up with when he starts to cook. I just know his gumbo is not what he was raised on. We both learned from Charlie’s mother, but I think he lost something in the translation. However good is good and we always manage to eat it and bring a doggie bag home with us.

All of the boys are good cooks. The girls can hold their own too; however, no need in them slaving over a hot stove if the boys are willing to do it. Their mothers didn’t raise any dummies.

I still make my gumbo the old fashioned way starting with a roux; however, I now use a store bought powdered roux. It also makes a good gravy. 

I like seafood gumbo or chicken and shrimp and that is what I have for you today.

You can also add okra in it if you want. In fact there is not much you can’t put in gumbo.

• 2 pounds fresh shrimp (I buy mine already cleaned)
• 2 cups okra, if you want
• 2 tablespoons oil
• 1 stick margarine
• 1 tablespoons flour
• 1 chopped onion
• 1 chopped bell pepper
• 2 stalks chopped celery
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
• 1 tablespoon scallions
• 1 chopped onion
• salt and pepper to taste.

Fry fresh okra in 2 tablespoons oil for 10 minutes stirring constantly, so as not to burn. I prefer to use an aluminum dutch oven because some times, food left over in iron pots rust. Remove okra and set aside. Add margarine and flour to make a roux. Add all of the chopped vegetables, including the okra. Cook about 5 minutes until wilted. Add 3 quarts of hot water and Worchester sauce, cooking about 2 hours. Add shrimp and cook another 30 minutes.

Serve over rice.

When I want to make chicken gumbo, I boil cut up chicken in plenty of water to have at least 3 quarts left over and use that in the gumbo. I remove chicken from water, allow to cook and remove chicken from the bone and put the meat back in the gumbo after everything has been added.
Gooder’n Syrup, Von