When we lived in Mobile, a decades-long Bodishbaugh tradition was to have gumbo on Christmas Eve, inviting anyone from the church who didn't have family in town to join us after the church service. We never knew how many or who would show up and it was always an adventure. We'd have a HUGE pot on the stove and everyone would serve themselves, informally, with lots of laughter and joy. Sometimes people would already be in my kitchen before I'd get home from church!
One of my most treasured compliments was from our church secretary, Priscilla, who was born and raised in Louisiana. "It's one of the best gumbos I've ever had!" Her comment was a treasure to me because Priscilla knows her gumbo!
Since Christmas happenings are very simplified this year due to my knee replacement, we had thought we would forego the typical Christmas Gumbo. However, in a burst of energy last night, I said, "Jesus, with Your help, Conlee and I can make gumbo happen!" Conlee has agreed to help shell shrimp, stir the roux, and chop veggies. We're going to do it!
An old funny Mobile expression when something tastes delicious is to say, "You put your foot in that!" Well, this year, I'm hoping to "put my knee in it!" Will let you know....
[Recipe and evaluation posted on Facebook - Signa Bodishbaugh]