I'm a Michigan native, and don't do a lot of creole cooking, but I enjoy french creole food quite a bit. I developed this vegan version of the classic New Orleans recipe for my fiancee. It is a healthier version of the original that nobody will object to. You can add ham or sausage for a more traditional take. Traditionally this dish was made for Monday supper with the left over ham bone from Sunday. It could simmer away on the back of the stove while folks were buisy with the Monday laundry.