We’re having our winter a little early this year.
After a frosty Thanksgiving down in the 30s, we just don’t know how to act. I mean, usually holiday wear around these parts consists of short pants, short sleeves, and sandals.
To illustrate the point, this is a what things look like during a typical Louisiana summer:
And this is what it looks like during winter:
Yes, sha, it’s that tropical in the Sportsman’s Paradise.
Except not this year.
Cold weather means it’s time for Chicken & Sausage Gumbo.
And do you do that, you might ask? Well, as the old joke goes,
“First, you start with a roux…”
But I always start with this:
Handed down to me by my mother, this gumbo bible has dozens of authentic recipes to sate the wintry appetite. I modified a recipe to ‘ahem’, bring out the healthier aspects of the gumbo…
I’ve put the next steps in the most logical order possible to convey this complex formula:
Then it’s time to sit down and eat!
But before I go, I want to continue an old tradition I learned from watching Justin Wilson, a native Louisianan from Tangipahoa Parish, who never conducted his cooking shows without telling a joke or two. The man was a state treasure!
Since I can’t hold a candle to ol’ Justin, I’ll let him do it. Here’s an oldie but a goodie:
Let the good times roll!