By now you've probably seen or heard about the "healthy gumbo" recipe that the Disney Twitter feed
tried to foist off as, well, actual gumbo — the secret ingredients being those Creole favorites, quiñoa and kale:
As one Twitter user wrote, "This is just morally wrong. All of Louisiana collectively gagged when you posted this #gumbostrong
Even more appallingly, the recipe was credited to "Princess Tiana," the main character in Disney's animated The Princess and the Frog — who was based on chef Leah Chase, who probably knows how to cook gumbo better than anyone in the city.
In second place would be New Orleans native, food historian and cookbook writer Poppy Tooker, who was surprised/ambushed by celebrity TV chef Bobby Flay
a few years back and challenged to a gumbo duel of sorts for his show Throwdown With Bobby Flay
. (It was ... uncomfortable TV. Flay used honey and cilantro in his gumbo. Tooker won, of course.)
Today Tooker appeared on the last hour of the Today
show with host and local icon Hoda Kotb to demonstrate the right way to make gumbo, using the recipe from Tooker's own Tujague's Cookbook
"This is the only cookbook you'll find with a picture of a cross-dressing ghost," she informed Kotb and co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.
The gumbo — quiñoaless, kale-free
— looked good.