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Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

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Ingredients

1 package (16 ounces) okra, frozen, sliced
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 pound Italian link sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
4-5 celery ribs, chopped (include leaves)
5-6 parsley stems, minced
2 cans (15 ounces) tomato sauce
2-3 bay leaves
2-3 dried cayenne pepper pods
2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
1 tablespoon each salt and pepper
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce

Instructions

To prepare okra, spread frozen okra in 9x12-inch pan and sprinkle with vinegar; stir so all is coated. Put in 250 degree oven for 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes; do not crush okra. After 30 minutes the gluey sap should be gone. If not, continue in oven for 10 to 15 more minutes. Set aside. Brown the Italian sausage in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. When browned, cut sausage into one-inch pieces. Remove from pot and set aside. In same pot add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery and parsley to the grease that came from the sausage. Cook over low heat 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are soft. To same pot, add 2 cans of tomato sauce, the bay leaves, the cayenne pepper, Creole seasoning and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the Italian sausage and the okra; continue to simmer for another 30 minutes. Add the shrimp; cook until the shrimp turns pink. Add water if gumbo is too thick. Correct the seasoning; add hot pepper sauce. Continue cooking for another half hour on a low burner to allow flavors to blend. Serve over white rice with French bread slices. Makes 8 servings.

Jean Greer
Moline



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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