As a transplant from the south, I must say, I really did enjoy the gumbo cook-off. It was a fun event, no doubt. I fully understand that it was for a good cause, too.
However, I must vent. Having lived in the south my entire life, I have never seen yellow gumbo. Nor have I seen or heard of gumbo containing corn, potatoes, tomatoes or beef.
True Cajun gumbo begins with a good roux (flour and oil); it may be dark or light, and contains any combination of the following: Sausage, chicken, turkey, shrimp, oysters, crab (any seafood), rabbit, squirrel, quail and okra if desired. In essence, just about any critter the Cajuns can harvest from their swampland home.
I would like to suggest that the people who are in charge of the cook-off for next year find some judges that know what gumbo is supposed to look like and taste like. I hear there are quite a few of us southern transplants living here in Dickinson. Let’s find them to judge the cook-off next year.
(Southern Belle) Jewel Lee, Dickinson