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KnowMersey & Chicken Gumbo

October 26, 2011


My #3 son & his good friend have started a blog post,, where they talk about their obsession: soccer: for #3 – Everton Football Club; Andrew – Liverpool Football Club.

James  Andrew

If you are a football fan, UK-style football, there will be some good info here & maybe a laugh or two. These two 3Ls (3rd year Law Students: Washington University in St. Louis & William & Mary) love the game & have fervent, team-specific opinions.

PoliSCi from Europe

A bit of history of their friendship – they were roomies traveling across Europe their Junior year at Furman University. They had ups & downs & great stories to tell on their return. Actually, Andrew had a fabulous story at #3’s rehearsal dinner about how they had shared a heart-shaped bed on the French border the night before they had to hitchhike to the Swiss border. I remember that night, though we had never been told about the shape of the bed. #3 called home so angry, so upset that he was so very close to Switzerland but not quite there & wondering how in the world he was going to get to Geneva & it was all Andrew’s fault that they had caught the wrong train, had to sit on the floor of the train, arrived early to the hotel which was on the side of an interstate highway, didn’t have money for food, hadn’t eaten since Italy, no ATM, in a town with no bank… on & on, whine, whine, whine. I first told him that he could walk, run or hitchhike to the border (DH had a fit when he heard me say “hitchhike!”) I then told my son that adventures are rarely comfortable, well-rested or well-fed, but that is what makes the story worth the telling.

Andrew  James
He & Andrew now laugh about their adventure & the memories they made.

Chicken Gumbo

My sons love this recipe – always on the stove when they arrive home for a visit.


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 stalks Celery, sliced
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 2 Carrots, sliced
  • 10 ounce package Frozen Cut Okra
  • Dash Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • Dash Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 quart 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 Rice


  1. Sauté vegetables in olive oil.
  2. Add remaining ingredients & bring to boil.
  3. Simmer over low heat 1 hour.
  4. Remove bay leaf.
  5. Serve over hot rice.
  1. October 26, 2011 10:56 am

    I love Chicken Gumbo…. ::copying recipe and can’t wait to make it::

    Love your blog and keeping up with you!


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