Gumbo

2 T. bacon drippings (from 3 slices bacon, cooked)
1 green pepper, minced
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 minced white onion
2 T. flour
1 large can tomatoes, crushed or puréed
frozen bag of okra
1 1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2 c. shrimp, cooked (can be the frozen, pre-cooked kind, thawed)
8 T. gumbo file’
2 c. Minute Rice (cooked according to package)

Warm bacon drippings in a large stock pot. Sauté green peppers, onion, garlic and celery over low heat for five minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute more. Add okra, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer on medium high heat. Add shrimp and continue to simmer for ten minutes. Remove from heat and add gumbo file’. Serve over fluffy rice and top with bits of bacon.

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Holly loves her job as wife to Chris and mom to Noah, Kylie, Tabor and Sydney. God has gifted Holly with a love of all things creative ~ from painting and wall papering to scrapbooking and design work. In addition to co-founding and managing A Martha Heart, she designs web pages (www.crownlaiddowndesigns.com) and marketing pieces. She also authored a devotional blog, now closed, called Crown Laid Down. Holly and her family make their home within site of year 'round snow-capped mountains in Colorado. She can be reached by emailing Holly (AT) a martha heart (DOT) com or connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollyGorinSmith

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