Thanks for all the great compliments! I did use Okra (frozen bag from the grocery store). Personally I like okra, but Rock wasn't too sure about it, so I told him I'd omit it next time. This was some good stuff though and he ate 2 huge bowls that night for dinner. We had it again last night when we got back from antelope hunting and 2 bowls on the menu again for him.
Thanks for providing the info on the Filé. It caught my eye at Safeway one day while shopping so I picked it up.
So sorry to hear about the freezers and the loss of contents Eman...that really stinks.
Foamheart - I always have my English Toffee Cappuccino with some Coffee Brandy around!!