This is my blog dedicated to New Orleans & Louisiana cooking! I'll give links to great Creole & Cajun recipes and sites, as well as some of my own recipes. I love talkin' New Orleans, food and otherwise! Incidentally, I'm from Detroit. Go Figure. Lets just say I figured out "what it means, to miss New Orleans" and this site helps ease the pain.
THIS LINK! File is a New Orleans Cuisine Staple, it is made from the ground, young and tender leaves of the Sassafras tree (Sassafras root is the original flavoring of root beer). The Choctaw Indians, native in Louisiana, introduced the use of File to thicken Gumbos and soups. One thing to remember about using a File in a Gumbo is never boil it. It becomes stringy and unpleasant. When I use File in a Gumbo, I always add it at the table. It has a wonderful flavor. I wish Sassafras trees were native in Michigan, I would love to make my own File.