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How To Make Gumbo Roux From Scratch

My Cajun friend, Adelaide, makes the absolute best Seafood Gumbo west of Sabine Pass. While I know other Cajun folks who “cheat” and get their roux from a jar, Adelaide says there is no substitute for homemade roux and delicious seafood gumbo. I spent the afternoon with Adelaide and got her to teach me how to make gumbo roux from scratch like her mother taught her. Here are the ingredients for your list on Path Me Food.

Homemade Gumbo Roux

Gumbo Roux from Scratch

– Flour, 1 cup
– Oil, 1 cup
– 1 Onion, chopped
– Cold Water, 5 cups
– ½ Bell Pepper, chopped
– 1 Celery Stalk, chopped
– Chives, chopped
– Salt
– Pepper
– Cayenne Pepper
– Garlic Salt
– 1 ½ lb. Shrimp, shelled and de-veined
– Crab Meat, 2 cups

Heat the oil in a heavy pot on medium heat. Slowly add the flour in a bit at a time, STIRRING the mixture CONSTANTLY.  Add more flour as it dissolves.  This is the key to the roux! (You cannot quit stirring this mixture!  Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pot so the mixture does not stick to the bottom.  Also, be sure to have your onion chopped already!)  Once all the flour has been added, keep stirring until the roux becomes a pretty chocolate color. (This will take about 15 minutes).

Add the onions and continue to stir until the onions become translucent.

Chef’s Note:  At this point in the video, Adelaide removes about 1/2 of the homemade roux to freeze and saves it for another batch of gumbo.  If you are feeding a lot of people, you can leave in all the roux and double the rest of the ingredients!

Add in the cold water.  While it is heating up, chop the bell pepper and celery.  Add bell pepper, celery to the roux and season to taste.  Let slow boil for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  (This is your chance to shell and de-vein the fresh shrimp. Add some spice to your shrimp with cayenne pepper and salt.)

When the vegetables are about cooked, add the shrimp and crab meat for about 10 more minutes.  Add in the chives and stir it all.

By this time you should have made some white rice.  Put it in the bottom of a bowl, add your seafood gumbo and enjoy!  It will taste that much better since you made your Cajun roux from scratch!  Thanks for sharing, Adelaide!  Can’t wait for the next Cajun cooking lesson!

Chef’s Note:  If you or your guests are allergic to seafood or shellfish, be sure to make the chicken and sausage version and be sure to cook the sausage and chicken separately, draining off any grease before adding it to the gumbo. The delicious roux from scratch steps stay the same.

Optional Ingredients: Fresh oysters, okra, chicken or sausage

Don’t forget to make your grocery list at Path Me Food!

Watch the VIDEO for making this delicious Seafood Gumbo from Scratch and Subscribe to our cooking channel.

Christmas To Do List

Christmas To Do List using Path Me Food

Christmas To Do List using Path Me Food

It’s December already, again!  The Holidays!  You have soooo much to do!  You have to get the house ready, plan the special meals, get extra food for your Aunt Mildred staying with you, make the rum balls and fruit cake, church choir practice, cut the lawn one more time, hang the outside lights, put Rudolph on the roof, buy the kids’ gifts, put the Santa gifts together, get a hair cut, and on and on and on.

You’re probably going to need a “few” lists like a super duper To Do List for the whole month of December.  Then you’re going to need some individual lists like a gift list, store list, decorating the house list, Christmas eve dinner list, Christmas breakfast list, and so on.  You can create all these lists and more at PathMeFood .  You can save your lists, name your lists and even share your lists with family members.  But don’t forget about making your Wish List of all the goodies you want too!  You can list all your Christmas wants and share it with your friends and family!

So don’t freak out yet!  Today is only December 9th.  The first step is to get organized and make your lists.  If you haven’t started on all your “lists” yet, it’s not too late!  Take a few deep breaths, go to PathMeFood and start getting organized.  Happy Holidays!

Healthy Homemade Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Healthy Homemade Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe

This is not your basic homemade chicken soup recipe.  This is an easy healthy recipe.  What’s the difference you ask?  After doing some research online and watching various videos, I decided I had to blog about my chicken soup recipe since some of the other recipes were crazy!  There was one for boiling the chicken one day, refridgerating it overnight and finishing the soup the next day!  Who has time for that?  Then there was the recipe using a whole fatty chicken.  No way do I want that kind of added fat!

So this is my recipe.  It is healthy, easy and delicious chicken soup and it is also easily modified to add your favorite vegetables.

See the VIDEO for making this homemade chicken vegetable soup now!

Ingredients for your grocery list on Path Me Food:

 

  • Chicken Breast, 1 package, cut into bite sizes
  • 52 oz of Rotel or Herdez Red Sauce (you pick the spice amount)
  • 52 oz of water
  • 1/2 celery bunch, chopped
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • cilantro, 1 handfull, chopped
  • okra, 1 package frozen

In a large stock pot and over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic and a bit of water so they don’t stick.  Add in the chicken and brown until all the pink color in the chicken is gone.  Add in all the rotel or herdez cans of sauce.  Add in all your chopped vegetables.  Add in the water.  Stir all the ingredients to mix well.  Cover the pot and let it simmer until the vegetables are done.  You will know when they are ready because they will become translucent in color.  Serve with avocado slices, corn chips, tortillas or crackers and enjoy!!  Let us know what you like to put in your chicken soup below in the comments.

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Optional Ingredients:  any kind of maccaroni, quinoa, carrots, corn on the cob or kernels, potatoes, yellow squash, green beans, any kind of bean……you get the idea.  You can’t mess this one up!!!  Don’t forget to use Path Me Food to make all your grocery lists and look for coupons, too!

Healthy Ground Turkey Vegetable Recipe

Delicious Quick Meal

Chef No Tell

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I like to call this ground turkey vegetable recipe my “Chef No Tell”  recipe too.  It is one of my favorite meals to make and eat.  When I can’t make up my mind about what meal I want to prepare, I usually turn to this meal.  I often make it on Sunday for my lunches for the week.

First of all, why do I call this meal “Chef No Tell”?  Well, there is no telling what will end up in it!  It’s a great healthy meal to prepare when you need to use up some veggies you’ve got left over from the week.  It is also very versatile in that you can eat it with tortilla chips, use it as taco filling or put it in between your buns (I mean two buns.  Martha Stewart  would never do that!).

 

 

Ingredients for Healthy Ground Turkey Vegetable Recipe and your grocery list on Path Me Food:
1 lb of ground turkey or beef
1 can of Black Beans (I don’t drain the beans because the juice becomes a nice tasty gravy for the dish)
1 can of Rotel (drained)
1 can of Corn (drained)
1 Yellow Squash chopped into bit size
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Directions:  Over medium heat, cook your ground turkey or beef until all grease has evaporated or you have drained it.  Stir in all the other ingredients into the skillet, mixing up all the ingredients evenly.  Put a lid on the skillet and lower the heat between simmer and medium heat.  I like to stir it every 10 or 15 minutes.  It is done when the squash (or any other vegetables you have added) is steamed.
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This is the “No Tell” part……you can add just about anything you like into this meal.  In the past I have added stuff like:

  • 1 zucchini (adds nice color)
  • jalapenos  and juice from the jar (adds some heat)
  • quinoa (added protein)
  • cabbage (just because it was in the fridge)
  • onion (adds more flavor)
  • garlic (adds more flavor)

You get the idea.  You can’t mess this one up!!  Enjoy this delicious turkey recipe and don’t feel guilty about eating it because it is quite healthy!



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This would be an excellent holiday gift to help you out with my delicious Chef No Tell!

Impromptu Avocado & Mango Dip for Party Guests

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Path Me Food Recipe

Only 3 Simple Ingredients:  Avocado, Mango and Hot Sauce

How many times have you been hanging around on a weekend and a few friends call you that they are just around the corner?  Or you get that call about getting together at somebody’s house for a movie or football game.  You are totally unprepared but don’t want to show up empty handed!   This is my really simple and quick party dip that only takes about 5 minutes to prepare.

Remember folks, I’m not Martha Stewart, but I can make an awesome dip.

Step 1:  Cube the avocado into bite sizes.  Put into your serving bowl.

Step 2:  Peel and cut the mango into bite sizes.  (This is a bit more difficult, but not too bad once you get the hang of it.)  Put into your serving bowl.

Step 3:  Open jar of hot sauce and pour until your like the consistency (more liquidy verses more chunky).

Step 4:  Open a bag of chips and enjoy!

You don’t have to salt or pepper this dip since the hot sauce already has enough taste to it.  My favorite hot sauce is Herdez red sauce – Medium.  (The green sauce is also great for other fun recipes like Green Chicken Casserole….another recipe for another day.)  I also love the mix of salt and spicy with the sweet flavor from the mango.

Options:  You could spice this recipe up with more flavors like onions or cilantro, but remember, we were caught off guard so we just kept it simple!!

Don’t forget to add these ingredients to your grocery list on Path Me Food so you won’t be caught off guard!  Follow us on Facebook and check out the Vine we made making this dip!

Enjoy!

About Path Me Food

Horseradish!  That’s how PathMeFood got started.  I was trying a new recipe and needed some horseradish.  Up until now, I would not call myself a fantastic or adventurous cook.  But I have recently begun to try some new recipes.  Off to the store I went, hand written grocery list in hand, in pursuit of horseradish and other items for a beet salad recipe.  Mind you, I have never bought horseradish before.  You know what happened next.  I’m sure it’s happened to some of you before.  I went round and round the store looking for it.  Maybe it’s here!  Maybe it’s here!  The more I looked, the more frustrated I got.  Off went the light bulb.  Wouldn’t it be great to have an app to guide me in the store for my grocery items?

This initial idea has evolved and continues to evolve into PathMeFood where you can create a list, save the list, share the list and edit the list.  You can even build and save your own Master List to make creating your weekly list easier.  That part of the site works pretty well.  The tricky part came when somebody said “You have to add pricing and price comparisons!”  This is phase 2 in which we are starting small and integrating a few stores at a time.  Sorry if we are moving too slow for you and your area, but we are trying!

Phase 2 will also include integrating digital coupons into the site and your lists.  Please be sure to set your user preference on the site to let us know that you do want digital coupon offers.  (We really don’t want to irritate any of our users!)

I’m really looking forward to phase 3 which will be actually getting “Pathed” to find the items on your shopping list in your favorite store!

We hope you come along with us as we continue to add features to PathMeFood to make grocery shopping fun and enjoyable for all our users.