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Gumbo Day

Gumbo Day

Gumbo Day. Jeffrey W. / Flickr / 2014 / CC BY 2.0

12 October

Gumbo Day occurs around the start of the autumn in North America. In southern Louisiana, home of gumbo, it's considered a good food to keep you warm in cold weather.

Gumbo takes a few hours to make. The hardest part is the roux -- it's not a simple French roux. You have to cook the roux for a long time, stirring very frequently, to get the right colour for gumbo.

If you don't have the time today, maybe you can find a restaurant somewhere in your vicinity that serves it, or cheat and get a packaged gumbo mix. The mix may perhaps not be a bad idea if this is your first time out, to give you the hang of the general idea.

Gumbo is also traditional on Christmas Eve in Louisiana -- having Gumbo Day in October gives first timers the chance to do a dry-run well in advance.

See also:

All October food days

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Oulton, Randal. "Gumbo Day." CooksInfo.com. Published 12 March 2004; revised 24 May 2009. Web. Accessed 05/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/gumbo-day>.

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