After many experiments with Gumbo, guidance 15 years ago from a friend's Cajun Father and bravery to get the roux dark enough, I can finally say I have conquered it to my family and friend's taste. It is a labor of love! When I made this for book club (where we eat as much as we read) it had rave reviews as the best gumbo they had ever had. I have to humbly admit, I felt the same way. Of course, this is best made a few days ahead and allowed to rest. I made this on a Sunday (It took all danged day!) and served on Wednesday. This makes a big batch. I used a a 7 1/4 quart Le Creuset dutch oven. I ordered the Tasso and Andouille Sausage directly from http://www.dartagnan.com/ since it is not readily available in my area (Also, they are salty and spicy enough for us, so I did not need to add any additional heat). I provided Louisiana Hot Sauce and Tabasco on the side. One may be tempted to add tomatoes, but they are not necessary and even a distraction for this dish.