The Scrumptious Chef Master Stock Is Four Years Old

On December 21st, 2015 we embarked on our journey towards master stock. Since that day, at least once a week, we broke the stock out of the fridge, put freshly roasted or smoked bones in the stock pot, along with a few quarts of fresh cold water, and breathed life back into the old master on our gas range.

We’ve done this over 200 times.

Master stocks in China are handed down through familial generations like treasured heirlooms. Some are over 100 years old.

We have a long ways to go.

Scrumptious Chef 10th Anniversary Cajun Gumbo Pop Up at Tamale House East

And it’s free. As a bit of lagniappe for our early arriving guests we’ll have smoked crawfish boudin on a fried chicken skin cracklin’ with a fat dollop of homemade remoulade.

Here’s the rest of the menu:

$14 Gumbo, smoked chicken and andouille from Best Stop in Lafayette Parish

$14 Fried catfish with white beans and rice

$15 Kentucky country ham charcuterie plate from Penn’s Country Hams. Est. 1957. One of this company’s hams just sold for a million dollars this past summer.

$10 Shrimp Fondeaux bisque with French bread crostini (Cajun queso)

$5 Bananas Foster w/vanilla ice cream

$5 tickets

Live music from Gypsy jazz band Scrapelli

Party starts at 6pm

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Has it really been 95 years since Bessie Smith strode into Columbia Record’s New York recording studio with a 24 year old Louis Armstrong to throw down five classics?

Time indeed flies.

In 1925 Smith was being billed as “The Greatest and Highest Salaried Race Star in the World,” but young Louis had not had a single recording issued under his name. Bessie had 50.

That would soon change.

Dial up “St Louis Blues” today and take a look back at one the great race records of its era.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Hearts are heavy at the Scrumptious house as we reckon with the death of 5th Ward Weebie. Sometimes the best way to grieve is to sit back and blast the music of the artist you’re mourning. Weebie had dozens of local, and national hits but there was never a better one than “What’cha Working It Fa”

Pop in that old battered cassette that’s been rattling around in the glove box of your ’74 Cutlass and think about what might of been.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Slim Harpo was born on this day in 1924. Harpo, born James Moore in Lobdell, La. died Jan. 31, 1970. If you’ve ever taken the Ronald Reagan Hwy out of Baton Rouge headed west you drove through Lobdell, and had no idea you were traveling through sacred grounds.

It’s not discernible.

In Harpo’s short 46 years on this earth he left a monolithic footprint. Simply put, Slim Harpo was the man.

When the Stones dropped their first LP back in 1964 a cover of Harpo’s ‘King Bee’ was on it. Let’s hope he got a fat paycheck.

We’re listening to “Tee-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu” this afternoon to honor the birth of the man.