Thicken gravy and soup using a roux, which is a mixture of fat and flour. In a traditional gumbo, flour is added to the fat and heated until it reaches a reddish-brown color. It is important to stir while the mixture is browning.
Life on a farm can get hectic—along with my husband's four brothers, we custom-feed 5,000 head of cattle and grow 5,000 acres of crops. So I often freeze this soup and thaw it for a fast easy meal. Since It's hearty, all I need to add are rolls or bread and a salad.
We're expecting an addition to the family spring, who'll join our 19-year-old, 4-year-old and 2-year-old.