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Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off 

When: Sat., March 5, 10:45 a.m. 2011
Price: $1 for two tastings
www.manitousprings.org

Though one Google result insists that the key to a good gumbo is good okra, the rest of the Internet is fairly sure that the secret lies in the roux. And what makes a good roux? (No, silly Internet, not porn.) Don't overcook it; don't overheat it; and don't under-stir it. So with that in mind, hit this morning's Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off in Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org). The festivities kick off shortly after 10:45 (followed by the Carnivale Parade at 1 p.m. (lineup begins at 12:30), and tastings of gumbo from about 20 amateur and professional cooks are available two for a buck. — Bryce Crawford

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