One Year of Gratitude—Day 182

Happy New Year. I’m sorry Daily Gratitude, but Gumbo was my number one priority for today. I finally put my new cast iron skillet to use for my roux. It’s the darkest roux I’ve ever made. After sautéing the onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic, the kitchen smells dynamite! Adding the andouille and smoked sausage, along with additional seasonings made it smell even better. Honestly, I’m distracted right now by the aroma. I plan to eat way too much, at least two or three times today.

I learned to cook gumbo by watching my parents and my grandmother (my mom’s mom). My grandma was the kitchen master, so my approach to cooking Cajun food more closely resembles her’s. She was the quintessential Cajun Grandma in the kitchen. She’d have the pots and pans clanging at 5:00 in the morning. You could always smell lunch cooking before you sat down to breakfast. Etouffee? Her’s was the best. Crawfish bisque? No one could compete! Chodin? If you don’t know, don’t ask. And her roast was… well, words could never do it justice.

I learned a lot of cooking stuff from my folks and grandparents. I am thankful for the recipes they’ve passed on to me. Because of them, I have a delicious, chicken and sausage gumbo, sitting on the stove, simmering to perfection. I think it’s time for a taste! Ca c’est bon, cher!

And that is your gratitude for today.

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