In case anyone was wondering, Rod Stewart is really old.

If anyone was wondering, Face ID does not work when you are wearing a Mardi Gras mask

We’ve now reached the time in the evening when everyone wants to eat and no restaurant wants to seat 15 without reservations.

So now synchronized rocket landings are thing. ?

The 52 Things Project: #5 Cook some Gumbo

Every year to kick off Mardi Gras Season and get into the mood before heading to New Orleans we invite some folks over to share some Gumbo and King Cake. As usually happens we had a big crowd and a good time was had by all.

Big Pot of Gumbo

Gumbo (a really big batch)

Make some Roux

  • 2 cups Coconut Oil
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour

I used Alton Brown’s oven method. Mix together the oil and flour, bake for 1.5 hours in a 350F oven. Stir several times while baking

Make Shrimp Stock

Boil the shells from 1-2lb of shrimp in 4 cups water for 20-30 minutes. Strain the shells.


  • 1 head of Celery
  • 4 Green Bell Peppers
  • 3 Red Bell Peppers
  • 4 small Yellow Onions

When the roux is finished, transfer to the stove. Add Celery, Peppers, and Onion, sauté until softened.


  • 24 oz Andouille Sausage, sliced
  • 5lb Chicken Thighs, deboned and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp Cajun Spice

Season chicken with Cajun spice. In a frying pan, brown sausage and chicken in batches. Add to pot with roux and vegetables.


  • 4 cups Shrimp Stock
  • (2) 28oz cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 80oz Chicken stock
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 40 oz Chicken Broth

Add to pot and simmer for 1-2 hours

Cook shrimp

  • 4lb Shrimp (50-70)
  • 2 Tbsp Filè Powder

Add Shrimp and Filè powder, simmer until shrimp are cooked ~10 minutes.

Serve with rice.