Gumbo is one of dishes that helped make the Creole-Cajun cuisine of Louisiana so famous. We live across the border in Texas and can't get enough of this traditional Cajun version featuring okra, shrimp, spicy seasonings and the holy trinity of onions, green peppers and celery. This recipe calls for seafood, but you could also use chicken, duck or sausage. —Ruth Aubey, San Antonio, Texas
Keep Sybil Brown's zippy jambalaya mix on hand and a full-flavored meal is never far away. The Highland, California cook add shrimp, smoked sausage and a few other easy ingredients to the nicely seasoned rice mix to create a speedy skillet sensation.
With her shrimp already thawed, Norma Reynolds realized she had no spices and created this simply impressive, healthy recipe on the spot one night! “Now a family favorite,” she laughs from Overland Park, Kansas, “friends will furnish the shrimp just to have me cook it this way.”