bring on the gumbo!
→Bet you didn’t know that Oct. 12th is National Gumbo Day, because we sure didn’t. However, this is exciting news: Not only is it a great excuse to pull out the slow cooker, it’s also the perfect meal to welcome the cold weather, and to break in the soup-making season. (And duh, to indulge in homemade cornbread stuffed with jalapeño peppers, sharp cheddar and sweet, crisp corn kernels.) We like ours spicy, smoky and loaded with melt-in-your-mouth onions, just-a-touch-over-al dente okra, char-grilled chunks of hot sausage, sweet crab meat and plump-with-a-snap shrimp.
Our new discovery had us surfing the web for recipes, tips and tricks, but nothing got our hearts palpitating quite like this recipe, which even without trying, led us to push our tried-and-true favorites aside. As enticing, is the well-written reflection from Lolis Eric Elie, Best. Gumbo. Ever. detailing the history of, and his passion for, good old-fashioned, true-to-its-roots Louisiana gumbo. (Even if you hate gumbo, you’ll enjoy Elie’s writing.)
All bets are on that there are a few chefs in town who’d claim theirs is the best—amateurs included. We’d love to hear all about it, so send your recipes over via firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post your recipes on Facebook, with photos if you send ’em. And, if we get around to making your version, and get a round of applause from friends and family, WE will send YOU a gift certificate (if you’re in Philly) or one of our favorite cookbooks (if you’re from out of town) as a reward. Yes, we mean it. Now get out that recipe…