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baron samedi · loa of the dead 

He is the head of the Guédé family of Loa, or an aspect of them, or possibly their spiritual father. “Samedi” means “Saturday” in French. His wife is the Loa Maman Brigitte. He is usually depicted with a top hat, black tuxedo (dinner-jacket), dark glasses, and cotton plugs in the nostrils, as if to resemble a corpse dressed and prepared for burial in the Haitian style. He has a white, frequently skull-like face (or actually has a skull for a face), and speaks in a nasal voice. He is noted for disruption, obscenity, debauchery, and having a particular fondness for tobacco and rum. Additionally, he is the Loa of resurrection, and in the latter capacity he is often called upon for healing by those near or approaching death, as it is only Baron who can accept an individual into the realm of the dead. 

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It has come to my attention that the art of Gumbo-making is an imperative skill down in Louisiana. Being a westerner, this was not common knowledge until the not-at-all-grumpy grumpy-salad held my attention for several hours explaining the difference between Cajun and Creole eats and their respective ingredients. It’s a good thing I asked before I made this, else a sort of Cajun/New Orleans hybrid would have been born, which just wouldn’t have done. I had no idea that New Orleans had red gumbo with a tomato and okra base, while Cajun is a brown gumbo with a roux base. I, who have never been to Louisiana, was not going to fly blind and make something that would be an insult of an homage to Tiana’s marvelous and mesmerizing cooking skills.

grumpy-salad also told me that gumbo is a leftovers meal. Take this recipe and run with it. There’s no one outline, hence all the *notes. You take what delicious items you have in your fridge and chuck em’ in. This recipe makes a whole lot of gumbo, be prepared to share with friends and neighbors. The recipe is under the cut.

- MJ & K

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