Hey ~summer~, I just met you, and this is crazy, but STOP BEING FREEZING HERE.
It's just like the song, get it? Anyway. It is cold, what the hell. We were talking about it in yoga this morning, it's like the day school started back the earth took a massive exhale, almost as if it knew it didn't need to work so hard to be bright and cheerful and fun anymore. We've had 10-15 degree cooler days, wind, clouds, and the stores are teeming with cute boots that I definitely don't need but totally want.
And this is our segue in to fall. It's still technically summer. We are going to the beach this weekend! The local okra is nuts - delicious and vibrant and plentiful. But there's something about this dish that feels slightly cozy. Maybe it's the rich sausage or warm rice. Maybe it's the heat from the spices and hot sauce we add. The gumbo itself is meal enough, and with the crispy, juicy shrimp on top this meal ends up over the top without taking up a ton of time or effort.
Let's make it!