Substitute more or less or add others to create your own personal flavor:

1 part French
1 part German
1 part African
1 part Spanish
1 part Native American
1 part Chinese

Add the above ingredients to bayous, rivers, lakes, swamps, country roads and city streets.  Make a roux out of Louisiana, California, Chicago, Texas and other parts of the U.S., as needed for the base.  Incorporate Jazz and Zydeco; Fais Dodo and La La; big families and solid communities; pride and loyalty, strong faith and an abundance of LOVE.  Sprinkle liberally with filé and red pepper.  Mix well.  Simmer for 400 years or more. Serve over rice.

C’est bon, chere!

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