What's the difference between etouffee and gumbo?

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A mixture of searches on "etouffee," "gumbo," and related terms, coupled with a quick dip into Yahoo!'s Cajun category, tempted us with delectable hints about these dishes. From all this mouth-watering research, we concluded the difference between the two may be as subtle and varied as the many spices in Cajun cooking itself. "Etouffee" comes from the French word for smother, stew, or braise. Seafood is smothered in a tangy tomato-based sauce. "Gumbo" is a corruption of the African name for okra, one of the vegetables used as a thickening ingredient in gumbo. The fundamental diff more
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