Saturday, January 10, 2009

Roe vs Roux..... our dear friends, Chunk & Van, headed back to Baton Rouge this morning after spending a whole week with us!! We had a wonderful time. Yesterday we went up to "Caesar's Head State Park" and enjoyed the awesome views:Here I am, climbing out of the "Devil's Kitchen", which is a small space between a huge rock that split in 1/2. It's a little creepy, but fun, none-the-less.

So after a full day of site seeing & hiking, Chuck decided that he was going to make a Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. And everybody knows that the key to any gumbo is the "Roux". So Chuck & I head out to the grocery store to get the things we needed for the gumbo. Well, in Louisiana you can actually purchase "Roux" already made in a jar. All you have to do is heat it up and "voila" ~ instant "Roux". Okay, so we just automatically figure all of the stores here will at least carry one variety of the pre-made stuff ~ right! ~ wrong ~ One of the store clerks {whom was the manager in fact, and should know EVERYTHING about food} actually asked us what the difference was between "caviar" and "roux" ~ hee hee ~ he thought we were talking about "Roe". Yuck!!!! Wouldn't that totally screw up a gumbo! So, off to the next store and the manager there thought we were talking about some type of hair color! Needless to say, Chuck ended up making a "Roux" totally from scratch and it was awesome!!!! We invited some friends over and had a little "Louisiana" Gumbo party, which also included, of course, some awesome potato salad, bread, rice & plenty of wine. But Chuck & Van decided that the deficiencies & lack of ingredients needed to maintain a cajun kitchen were worth the sacrifice to live here. So, as soon as they can get all of their business settled in Louisiana, they'll be moving up here for good!!! Yay!!!!!
And Lita, I think, is the happiest of all! She and Van really bonded:she's been searching all over for him all morning. And I miss them already, too.

Well, I'm off to do some cleaning & other things I need to get done around here than have been neglected for the last week. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!

♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"Be warm, inside & out" ~ unknown


  1. roux in a jar? well, i never?! :)
    what a great picture of you kat!

  2. Hee hee ~ yep, "Roux" in a jar! And Chuck swears by it. Thanks Katie :)

  3. Awww. Give Lita a big hug for me. Stomp your foot a few times for me too!!


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