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Welcome to my site!
I'm Cindy, and I love to cook! And, I love to eat... hence the size of my rear end! I come from a long line of cooks. My great great Grandmother was a cook in the original Harvey Houses. My grandmother Julia was an awesome cook, and my mom was incredible. I owe my skills to these great women. Especially my Mom who said this to me about making gravy... "Cindy Lynn, wallpaper paste is wallpaper paste & gravy is gravy. Never the two shall meet!" Shall we say my first experience at making gravy left a little bit to be desired! Thank the high heavens my cooking skills have improved since then! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nawlin's Gumbo

They say that everyone makes Gumbo differently. No two cooks gumbo will taste the same. Here's my recipe for Chicken and Sausage gumbo. It will make you want to dance a Fais-do-do!


Roux -
5 Tbls butter
5 Tbls flour

Vegetable Mixture -
1 large white onion, chopped
2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 heads celery hearts, chopped (or one head of celery)
1Tbls olive oil
2 tsp Spike seasoning
1 tsp seasoning salt
4 cloves garlic, minced

Soup Mix -
6 chicken thighs, skin removed
6 mild Italian sausage, cut into chunks
2 Qts. Chicken broth
2 tsp Spike seasoning
1 tsp seasoning salt
2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet liquid seasoning

Cooked White Rice


Make a roux by melting butter in large soup pot; add flour and cook, stirring frequently, until roux turns the shade of peanut butter. Be careful to not let roux burn.

While roux is cooking, put olive oil in skillet, add onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic, Spike seasoning and seasoning salt. Cook until onion is translucent.

When roux is finished cooking, alternately add chicken broth to pot and whisk in between adding broth until all broth is combined into roux. Bring to a boil.

Add vegetable mixture, sausage, Spike, seasoning salt, and Kitchen Bouquet to liquid mixture. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Add chicken thighs to soup. Cover and cook for another hour.

Serve gumbo over a small serving of rice.

Oo, Mon Cher - Laisser les bons temps rouler! (Let the Good Times Roll!)


Columbo said...

The gumbo was sooooooooo good! You always make good gumbo. You are getting me in the 'Nawlin's' mood. I can hardly wait til' our October trip.

The Christian Family said...

I'm going to make this!

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