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Farmers Market & Chicken Gumbo

February 5, 2011

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Saturday morning is Farmers Market morning in our local town, even this time of year. Farmers, artisans & vendors of all sorts are there selling their wares & offering some of the best eating available – from hot cinnamon rolls to locally roasted & ground coffee. Live music is heard & everyone it seems has their dog with them on a leash; even Lucy gets to go on occasion. The local low-temp-pasturization dairy sells out early so DH gets in line there first for his chocolate milk. I visit with our summer vegetable CSA family. There is always news about the farm, their animals, the building projects they have in process.

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I am grateful for the hard work the farmers put in year around. Because of the sweat of their brow, I have vegetables canned & frozen, preserved in a variety of ways ready to serve my family. (There was some sweat on my brow last summer, too!) My homemade salsa supply is holding out so far, but with the Super Bowl tomorrow, a serious dent may be made. Jams & jellies were given in Christmas gift baskets along with my homemade sweet pickles.

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DH continues to enjoy the frozen strawberries, while visiting sons empty bag after bag of frozen blueberries & raspberries into their smoothies. I have used all the garlic & onions from Beaverdam Creek Farm so have to rely on the grocery store for that until late Spring. Our winter CSA is still providing fresh carrots so sweet you would swear they are candied right in the garden, along with kale & collard greens growing in hoop houses, sweet potatoes & winter squash they have stored in their root cellar.

There is always something cooking in my kitchen thanks to our local farmers. Support your local farmers by buying locally, joining a Community Supported Agriculture group & shopping at your farmers market. Veggies were meant to come out of a garden, not out of a can!

Chicken Gumbo

When almost-grown (law school) & grown sons return home, the house can feel a bit crowded. The “kids” aren’t kids anymore but actually men accustomed to their own spaces, their own schedules & their own lives. However, though they are quite independent, they still want Mom’s comfort foods when they come through the door. Assorted cakes & cookies are requested, but only after “real food.” The winter season begs for soups & Chicken Gumbo is the favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 stalks Celery, sliced
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 2 Carrots, sliced
  • 10 ounces frozen, cut Okra
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • dash Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper to taste
  • dash Cayenne Pepper
  • 32 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 14.5 ounce can Diced Tomatoes or tomato puree
  • 8 ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 – 4 Chicken Breasts, cooked & chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Hot Brown Rice

Instructions:

  1. Sauté vegetables in olive oil.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except rice; bring to boil.
  3. Simmer over low heat 1 hour.
  4. Remove bay leaf.
  5. Serve over hot rice.
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One Comment
  1. Sarie permalink
    February 6, 2011 10:07 pm

    This sounds yummy!! I’ll have to make some up!

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