A pair of Canada Geese have been hanging tight at the front pond. They’ve been visitors every day at the backyard corn pile this past week, too. I hope they don’t try to nest.

It’s been too long since we’ve had gumbo. I made some today to fix that. Here I have a nice roux with fresh trinity just added, and chicken stock working on the next burner.

Tossed some shrimp in with the chicken and made basmati rice to go with it. No Louisiana hot sauce so I made to with Cholula. Last week when I was organizing my spices I found two jars, one with Cajun spice on the label, the other said Creole. I may be destined for a storm of culinary disapproval but I mixed them together and that is what I used in the gumbo today.

Rose-breasted grosbeaks have been moving through.

Here’s a pair of them at the picnic table feeder.

Sammich pr0n – smoked pork with sauce and sides.

Muffuletta Dogs!