I love a good gumbo,my basics are a medium dark roux with a fairly strong stock and the "trinity". There are many variations to the basic gumbo. I would have to say, seafood is my favorite. The rice is made as a side and added later. The rice can be made with stock as well. I like it on the "Hot" side so jalapeno peppers are added too and a good blend of cajun seasoning and my own blend of habanaro hot sauce. Cajun sausage can be add too, if you like.