“Almost Gumbo”

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Serves 4 to 6.

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This one is from grandpa’s recipe box, but I can’t figure out why it’s called “Almost” Gumbo; it sure sounds like full-on gumbo to me!


  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/2 inch slices
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen cut okra, thawed and drained.
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long- or whole-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce


  1. In a 6-quart soup pot, combine the sausage, water, tomatoes, okra, thyme, and garlic powder.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.

Note: If you’d like to make this even more authentic-tasting, add about a pound of peeled, cooked shrimp 5 minutes before serving.



“Baked” Chicken Stew, Crockpot Dinner

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1 package chicken breast (4 breast, sometimes 5)

4 big carrots *OR* 5 medium ones *OR* 7 small ones

5 potatoes *OR* 1 cup rice

1 onion

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp parsley

1/2 tsp basil

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp sage

3 cups water

1 can cream of celery soup

Cut chicken and carrots into bite sized pieces, chop onion, quarter potatoes. Add to crock pot.

Add condensed soup and stir with sturdy wooden spoon to coat.

Add spices to water, stir. Pour spice water over everything.

Set crockpot to Low.

8 hours later…