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Rice with shrimp gumbo. The photographer's mes...

Rice with shrimp gumbo. The photographer’s message: Shrimp Gumbo – 1999-12-24 Rice with shrimp gumbo. I have the recipe in my cooking section. Camera: Sony FD-88, Not recorded, Lens: Not recorded, Not recorded, Not recorded, ISO Not recorded Keywords: cooking food dinner shrimp gumbo rice 2222 License: This image is public domain. You may use this image for any purpose, including commercial. If you do use it, please let me know. I enjoy seeing what others have created with these photos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Learn more about National Gumbo Day, celebrated on October 12…

October 12, 2012 is National Gumbo Day

It’s National Gumbo Day! Gumbo is a tasty stew-like dish that originated in Louisiana. The name comes from an African word for okra, which is the key ingredient used for thickening.

Similar to Louisiana itself, gumbo is an amalgamation of many cultures. Elements of the recipe can be linked to West African, Choctaw, and French cuisine. As a result, there are many variations of gumbo and to this day chefs argue over the true recipe. The first historical reference to gumbo appears in an 1803 document, which describes the menu at a gubernatorial reception in New Orleans.

Enjoy Louisiana’s most famous dish served over brown or white rice, and celebrate National Gumbo Day!

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New Orleans: "The Gumbo Shop" Restau...

New Orleans: “The Gumbo Shop” Restaurant building, St. Peter Street in the French Quarter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)