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Project by Don Broussard posted 696 days ago 1610 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These roux (pronounced “roo”) spoons are for stirring roux. FYI, roux is a Cajun/Creole base for gumbo and other local dishes. It is made from equal parts of cooking oil and flour, put on a low fire and stirred constantly until it is the color of peanut butter or slightly darker.

These are made out of cedar salvaged from our former house (see profile for more information). They are approximately 7/16” thick and 13” long. My wife and I cut them out of 1” thick stock on the bandsaw then sawed them in half on a table saw. Final sanding was done with an RO sander with 80 grit. The plan is to leave them unfinished.

The ones that were “imperfect” have become push sticks.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!





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ShopTinker

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#1 posted 696 days ago

Nice group of spoons you have there Don. It look s like you have enough for the whole family.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 696 days ago

All those nice spoons can produce a lot of roux…Gumbo for dinner tonight…!

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 696 days ago

@ShopTinker—Thanks for the feedback. We do have a large family, and we do make a lot of gumbo.

@Greg—It’s still a little early for gumbo—we don’t have “gumbo weather” yet. However, I can eat gumbo in any weather! LOML made an awesome shrimp and okra gumbo last week. Yum, yum, yum!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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crashn

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#4 posted 696 days ago

Nice, my wifes maiden name is Roux (so we knew how to pronounce it!). She was intrigued that there a specialized spoons just for this purpose!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#5 posted 696 days ago

Nice work

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ptofimpact

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#6 posted 695 days ago

Very nice work, and a gaggle of them..just started playing with spoons, using old staves from retired Wine barrel

-- Pete in NC

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 695 days ago

Étouffée for me tonight! Love that Louisiana cooking and learning to speak Cajun. Nice job on the spoons.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 695 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments.

Jim—Somehow you always find time to comment on projects—very encouraging to relative newbies like me. Thanks for that.

@ptofimpact—If 28 makes a gaggle, then a gaggle it is.

@Hillbilly—At the risk of being accused of being a KitchenJock, I like to cook too. Étouffée is one of my favorites to cook and eat! I am impressed that you are learning to speak Cajun French. If you spent any time in south Louisiana, you will recognize after just a short time that there aren’t too many skinny people here!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Dave

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#9 posted 528 days ago

If you need this many spoons, you must be one hell of a cook.
Nice project.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 528 days ago

Thanks, Dave. Those roux spoons were made as give-aways for a drinking water professional conference we planned in Lafayette this past October. The wood came from salvaged material from our family home, which was destroyed in Hurricane Gustav in 2008.

Cooking (and therefore, eating) is part of our Cajun culture. Men and women share cooking duties and do it well. I always tell people that anything I eat in a restaurant is always second best to my wife’s cooking! She can cook with the best!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Dave

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#11 posted 528 days ago

Don my grandmother was from New Orleans. I miss the food. If I don’t cook it I don’t get it. I married a good Mississippi woman but all she knows is salt and pepper.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Don Broussard

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#12 posted 528 days ago

@Dave—I can understand you missing the food. Too many people think Cajun food is just regular people food, only hotter. It’s the blend of spices that make the taste as well as the slow cooking.

Jackson, MS is not THAT far from Cajun country, you know . . . Oh, and any time is gumbo time for me. Most of the natives here consider “gumbo season” any time the overnight low temperature dips below 50F.

Send me a PM letting me know when you and your friends are heading this way—I’ll have the gumbo cooked just in time for your arrival!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Dave

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#13 posted 528 days ago

Nice. You know we bring food as well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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