Tragedies Can Bring Out the Worst in Reporters and Politicians

Hmmmm. Pork stock. Sauce Picante.

Put in 4 chicken leg quarters and about three pounds of cajun sausage (more if you like), sliced. Chop up one large sweet onion, one large bell pepper and toss that in. Season generously with garlic and drop in one beef bouillon cube (this is all the salt you will need). Put in enough water to raise the volume to about 4 quarts. Start on a slow boil.

In a skillet put in one 6oz can of tomato paste and put over medium heat. Mash it around in the skillet constantly until it begins to darken, the equivalent of stirring. When it gets almost the color of milk chocolate scrape it into your boiling pot.

Clean out the skillet and put in three tablespoons of vegetable oil and three tablespoons of white flour. Stir constantly over medium-high heat. When it turns dark tan, leather like color quickly remove from heat and put in the boiling pot. If you can find roux for sale, buy it. It is easier and is identical to what you will make.

All of this takes about 30 minutes.

Stir the pot well and then let slow boil for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Serve over rice and sprinkle with filet (ground sassafras leaves). Look out the window at the cold shitty weather while you eat it.