My grandmother used to make a wonderful gumbo - but over the years the recipe has been lost. After a lot of emails to family members, and research on-line and in cookbooks, I came up with this version. My grandmother always started with a whole chicken and made the stock herself. If you are pressed for time, you can use prepared chicken broth - but I promise you - it won't be as good. Gumbo tastes best if it is made at least one day in advance and then chilled. This allows the flavors to meld. This is a fiddly recipe, and it takes a lot of time. But the results are more than worth the trouble, I promise.