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Gumbo Latitudes

My friend, Robbo Davidson, and I were talking the other day about foods that we liked as kids but feel guilty about eating now. He and his wife, Linda, are famous for their annual “Fried Baloney Cookout” each year so we both agreed on plain ole baloney sandwiches. But other favorites were thrown out such as Vienna Sausages, Potted Meat, & Chef Boyardee canned spaghetti. I volunteered that on a cold wet winter night I still like a steaming bowl of Campbell’s Bean and Bacon Soup. Robbo smiled and said he still likes their Chicken Gumbo, which is more like spicy chicken and rice soup than gumbo. I’m sure you have some ole favorites, too and if I can get enough of you to respond I may can devote a whole column to these guilty pleasures.

I sure do remember that Chicken Gumbo from back in the day when we lived in Little Rock, Ark. In those days Cajun or Creole cooking was non-existent there. As new parents, we were just learning how to cook so had to depend on holiday trips in to Mansfield to get our fill of the kinda cooking we loved. It was quite a trip down being almost another whole Latitude difference in growing zones and in culture between Little Rock, Ark. and Mansfield, La. Of course the venerable ole Burge’s in Lewisville, Ark. was always, and still is, a good stop to break the trip about halfway. There we could make a “pit stop” and we could enjoy their famous smoked turkey sandwiches and fried peach pies. When we reached Plain Dealing, La. we felt that we were at the gateway to the Zone. It was always so nice to get home to the Gumbo Latitudes with no Razorback logos everywhere and no leisure suits but plenty of good Louisiana cooking and tasteful snarling tiger heads emblazoned around evoking LSU.



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