Listen up newb. Here's my quote:
I prefer file on the side and I don't use it in chicken gumbo. Use it in turkey on occasion and in seafood gumbo.
No bay leaves in my gumbo. It ain't an eyetalian dish. Thyme in seafood gumbo, only, and not usually. If you have a good stock, trinity, a good roux and good sausage or andouille, you don't need all manner of herbs and seasonings to make it taste good. A little parsley and green onions at the end is enough. Always skim the fat.
If you like okra, use it but not too much. If you like tomatoes for a Creole version, don't serve it to me.
The point was that I don't put a lot of herbs and other flavors in gumbo. It stands on it's on with the roux and good stock. I have put thyme in seafood gumbo before. That's probably been 15 years ago. Big damn deal.
Here's a quote from you.
When gumbo comes to a boil add raw chicken. Let it come back to low boil. Gumbo will look nasty with oil and white foam from chicken.
WTH! I don't even know what to say about this. It's so damn bizarre. Why in the heck would you want to infiltrate good gumbo with foamy garbage intentionally and unnecessarily?
If you didn't do the above and made a damn stock, strained it and used that for the gumbo, you wouldn't have to do that or this:
Now add your seasoning and chicken base
i posted recipe on second page go look it up. also i asked gris gris if her pic of gumbo was from don's, which it was. i don't understand if you make such great gumbo why not post you're own pic.
OMG! You've uncovered a secret! Sheesh. This is another one of your dumbarse statements and I don't expect it will be your last. Just because I can make gumbo doesn't mean I don't like anyone else's. I love Don's in Downtown Laffy's gumbo. I lived in Laffy when I was very young. It brings back memories. I've said that a bunch of times, but you being a newb wouldn't know that. It's sort of joke on the board so hence the pic of Don's shrimp gumbo. Now, go drink another 24 beers and take a break from the F&DB.
P.S. Otis, I think that okra soaks up all of your oil. Touche', though.