Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo~My Catholic Kitchen

I am super duper thrilled to be introducing y'all to our next guest blogger.

Yes, you heard me. I said super duper.

And next, I'll be challenging everyone to a triple dog dare.

Seriously though, this next blogger comes from my hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. Oddly enough, we didn't meet each other in Norfolk. 
We meet in the wide, wide world of food blogging.
Out of all the people in the world, Veronica and I found each other. We must've known we were native Norfolkians because we connected right away.
Veronica writes for her blog, My Catholic Kitchen.
She makes homecooking look easy and effortless. She shares recipes for everyday meals, entertaining guests, potluck dishes and any kind of dessert you can imagine.
Veronica has even won several cooking contests with her recipes!
Living near the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean means
 having access to some of the best seafood around.
Sadly, I never took a liking to seafood. I know, I know - it's pathetic. So I'm happy that Veronica is bringing a seafood dish to my blog. It was sorely needed!
So if y'all haven't been introduced yet, please say hello to Veronica!

Hey Y’all, Veronica Gantley here from My Catholic Kitchen. When Brandie contacted me and asked me to be a guest blogger, I was tickled pink! Gosh, I have never guest blogged, and to be honest, I was honored.

You probably don’t know it, but Brandie and I are from the same hometown, Norfolk Va. She moved to southwest Virginia and I still live here.

 Brandie and I started blogging about the same time. I knew from the moment we friended each other on Foodbuzz we would be fast friends. She is a great cheerleader and positive thinker. I love the wonderful camaraderie of my fellow foodie bloggers. I am very blessed to have all of y'all in my life. I have learned throughout the years that life is short and we should enjoy every minute of it.

Why not with food?

It seems like y'all have seen me at my very worst and my very best. Every time I hit that post button, I allow my fellow foodies to see more and more of  who I really am. So enough of this, or soon I will be crying like a big fat baby. Thanks Brandie for everything, for allowing me this wonderful opportunity to share more food recipes with my dear friends.
Peace be with you,

 So for my first guest blog I decided to do a Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo.

Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup all purpose flour

4 celery stalks, chopped

2 medium onions, chopped

2 green bell peppers, chopped

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons dried oregano,

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

8 oz vegetable broth

1  can plum tomatoes, drained, chopped

1 pound kielbasa sausage, roughly chopped

2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined

Freshly cooked long-grain rice

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add flour and stir until dark red-brown, about 8 minutes. Add celery, onions and bell peppers. Cook 5 minutes, stirring and scraping bottom of pan often. Mix in bay leaves, salt, oregano and cayenne. Add vegetable broth, canned tomatoes and sausage. Boil 15 minutes.
Add shrimp to gumbo and simmer until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. 
Serve over mound rice in soup bowls.


Look at that last extreme closeup photo. Hello little shrimp!
Thank you SO much to Veronica for sharing such a gorgeous recipe.
To see some more of Veronica's amazing recipes, please visit her BLOG.
Also, you can catch her on facebook as well! Click HERE to follow.



  1. That gumbo sounds wonderful. Heading over to My Catholic Kitchen now, thanks!

  2. Great first guest post, Veronica! I'll check out your blog. I think this is a wonderful story and I can see the beginnings of a new friendship. Your gumbo is reminding me of my trip to New Orleans a few years ago and the wonderful shrimp gumbo I had. Oh, I wish I could taste yours right through my laptop screen!

  3. Well you did a great job on your first ever guest post Veronica! Your gumbo looks AH-mazing! Very very yummy!

  4. Lovely! And happy to know My catholic kitchen! gloria

  5. Awesome post, and great recipe! Thanks for another great Guest post Brandie! And Veronica it is great to meet you!

  6. Thank you Brandi for allowing me to guest blog on The Country Cook. It has been a blast!
    P.S. I am not nervous anymore!

  7. Veronica,
    You did a great job with your first guest blog. I love the gumbo recipe, cause I love shrimp in anything. Thanks for sharing.

    this was another great guest blogger, who grew up in your hometown.

  8. I'm a fan of Veronica's blog, too! Such a great guest post, Veronica. It's been eons since I've made gumbo, and it was chicken. I'm dying to make this recipe...I could eat all the shrimp and let the rest of the family have the sausage. Win-win! Thanks to you both!

  9. I have also become very good friend with Veronica - All her recipes are from the heart good! Great job Veronica - you rock!

  10. Great job guest posting. The recipe looks fantastic. Nice pictures.

  11. Brandie, I love that you have these meet new blogger days! It's so fun to find new blogs and it's even more fun to get to know the author like you to have! I actually lived in Virginia Beach 3 years ago for 6 months and absolutely LOVED it! My husband worked in Norfolk quite a bit! Virginia is such a pretty place!

  12. What a lovely guest post with a great recipe.
    :-) Mandy

  13. Thanks, Brandie, for introducing me to another VA gal. The gumbo looks great- I'm heading over to My Catholic Kitchen now. :)


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