Poulet et Saucisse gumbo
Chicken & Sausage gumbo

I made this recipe for 50 people, sample size servings

la recette du gumbo de mon grand-père, Matthieu Simien avec Terrance Simien
Recipe for my grandfather (Matthew Simien’s) gumbo, with Terrance Simien 😉


Kitchen needs:
– One large stock pot
– Rice cooker
– Ladle, good knife, cutting board, etc.

Seasoning: Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder & Tony Chacere’s Seasoning Blend
– Olive Oil
– 2 onions
– 2 lbs. of smoked sausage (Andouille is preferable)
– 8-10 Organic Chicken Thighs with skin and bone in and skin on (This is just a preference for flavor… but people need to warned that there are bones in the dish… if you don’t wanna mess with that liability then they don’t have to be bone in)
– 1/2 carton of Chicken broth (optional, for additional flavor, but the natural juices of chicken and sausage can be enough too)
– 8-10 cups of water
– 2 bundles of Green Onions
– 2 bundles of Parsley
– 3/4 jar of Dry Roux
-1 – 2 bags of rice


– Take Chicken thighs out
– put Chicken in the pot first
– put enough seasoning to cover all the chicken – liberally
– mix it all together
– put a little Olive Oil
– Begin to Brown the chicken
– Let it begin to cook
– put a lid on the pot
– Chop your onions up fine, diced
– uncover lid
– Add onions to the pot of chicken – Add a little bit of water
– Stir it so chicken doesn’t stick to bottom of the pot
– It begins to make it’s own gravy/broth first

Cover the lid again
– cut up the sausage
– add all the sausage at the same time
– mix it with the chicken
– all the juices mix together
– let it cook for a while
– let chicken cook for about a half hour
– leave the pot uncovered
– and then begin adding water…

Once the chicken is well – cooked, you begin building your broth
– let it come to a boil
– stir as you go
– Add 8-10 cups of water
– Let it come to a boil

– Then add the roux at the very end
-Clean your herbs: parsley and green onions
-Chop your green onions
-These are used to garnish at the very end

– Wash your rice
– 4 cups of rice to 4 cups of water for cooking in a rice cooker.
– COOK SOME RICE – the gumbo is poured over a scoop of rice- in each serving.
But the gumbo can be served without rice as well. Some people just like the gumbo by itself and that works too. (Brown rice is heart healthy and we dig that, so I’d go with Brown Rice if I had to choose. But white rice works as well).

Download the PDF: Grand-père Matthew Simien’s Gumbo

Olga & Anne Harris Grits Recipe: Creamy Grits

My parents, me, and my daughter.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4


2 cups milk (can substitute preferred non-dairy milk for vegan alternative)
2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup coarse ground cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter (or Earth Balance for vegan alternative)
*4 oz shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


– Bring milk, water, and salt to boil in heavy bottom pot
– Gradually add cornmeal while stirring constantly
– Lower heat to simmer and cover with lid, stirring every 3-5 minutes to keep from sticking to the pot.
Cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until grits are creamy
Remove from heat and stir in butter and pepper
If adding cheese, whisk in and serve immediately.

Download the PDF: Olga and Anne Harris’ Creamy Grits


Grandpa Marshall Edward Wallace

My grandpa’s name was Ed Wallace. He was my mom’s dad. Back in the 1930s, after being fired from a job, he took the name of his dead brother, Marshall Wallace, who had just been killed by the mob after not throwing a prize fight. He came back and replaced himself on the job he had just been fired from. He might not have been a law breaker, but he ran with a crowd that bent it pretty far.

He would tell my sisters and me stories about his Pullman runs, and how the kitchen crew had to keep things moving. They’d have to come up with meals sometimes in a hurry, so they would look in the refrigerator and scout around for stuff. Whatever food was left over, trimmed, picked off, cut off, pulled out, boiled down, burned, or otherwise not quite right for a dish, the crew would say, ‘Put it in the gravy.’ And that, with a little bit of Gravy Master, is what my grandfather did.

The fact is, gravy is probably one of the simplest things he made for dinner. But oh you could taste the love in it, bits and all! The stories he told are what made it great. There was no easy telling exactly what was in it. Sometimes the gravy was thin and easy flowing. Sometimes it was so thick with onions, and corn, and giblets and scrapings that you could hide a hacksaw blade in it, which would you be a good thing if Grandpa ever got locked up and needed a way out.

Every brown gravy recipe is basically a version of a simple pan gravy. The one big difference is, and folks will argue this, when making a brown gravy it is cooked in the pan that the meat was cooked in. The best gravy comes when you gather the beef fat and drippings, it’s the beginning. Yes, you can make it with just about any form of fat and a good, canned beef stock, but it just won’t be as tasty.

After you cook your roast or other beef, pour all the drippings and fat into a measuring cup or bowl. Be sure to scrape as many browned bits left in the pan as possible with the mix. We’re looking for 4 Tablespoons of fat AND 2 cups of juices here. Don’t worry if you don’t get that much, it’s the ideal. You can still get a hearty flavor from as little as a tablespoon of fat and an 1/8 cup of the juices.

Measure out 4 Tablespoons of beef fat. If you don’t have that much, add enough vegetable oil or canola oil to make 4 tablespoons.

  • Pour that into a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until it shimmers.
  • Add four Tablespoons of flour and stir. The flour will soak up the oil quickly and turn into a paste. This is a good thing.
  • Keep stirring until the flour smells nutty and has turned a nice rich brown color.
  • Now comes the good part. Grab a whisk and start stirring. Pour in about 1/2 cup of the reserved juices and whisk until smooth. Then pour in the rest and stir to combine.
  • Bring your gravy to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper in small amounts until it’s seasoned enough for you.
    As a final and optional touch, add a Tablespoon of butter just before serving. This gives the gravy a little glow and makes it just a little silkier.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Servings: 81/2 cup servings


Bisquit Gravy

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups milk
    Directions :
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Gradually stir in milk so that no lumps form, and continue cooking and stirring until thickened.
    If the gravy becomes too thick, you may thin it with a little more milk.

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
6 servings

Download the PDF: Grandpa’s Hacksaw Gravy