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Cooking: Chicken Gumbo!

First of all, I am certain that at least some of you will not know what Gumbo is.  Admittedly, I was not certain but once I had tried Colonel Tom’s Gumbo at the Shebeen Festival, I had to find out!

I’ve pulled this straight from Wikipedia to show just how much research that I have done 🙂

“Gumbo is a dish that originated in southern Louisiana from the Louisiana Creole people during the 18th century. It typically consists primarily of a strongly flavored stock, okra, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and seasoning vegetables, which can include celery, bell peppers and onions. Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used: the African vegetable okra, the Choctaw spice filé powder (dried and groundsassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat. The dish likely derived its name from either the Bantu word for okra (ki ngombo) or the Choctaw word for filé (kombo). Continue reading Cooking: Chicken Gumbo!