New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

Mardi Gras is almost upon up, and Mardi Gras always makes me think of New Orleans and New Orleans always makes me think of Jambalaya. See how my mind works? It’s all about the food, lol! And while my fave Jambalaya Recipe is already on my site, one made with a roux (that’s said to be the Cajun-style) I really wanted to up my game this year and perfect a Creole-style Jambalaya, the tomato-y kind. Yeah, I’ had to get out of my (very delish) Cajun rut and make this New Orleans Creole Jambalaya for Mardi Gras this year.

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

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Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"

Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

It’s easy to always think about St. Paul & Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, as a Swedish/Norwegian city and we do have a large population. Maybe our weather made them feel at home. But it’s just as easy to forget that our earliest settlements were French and/or French Canadian. So in honor of our French, here’s a “Bean Pot” or if ya want to be fancier, I’ll just call this a Minnesota Cassoulet Bean Pot.

Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"

Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

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Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

Want a simple one-pan skillet dinner? Make paella. Seriously. If there’s ever been a simple dish so wrapped in mystique with so many rules, I don’t know what it is. If you want a “world class” Paella, follow them all. If you want a fabulous supper, keep reading. Yeah, we’re gonna break a few rules and get you a fantastic Paella. Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

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Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot

This Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot has saved me over and over in the last few months. When the hunger-crazed octogenarians (my folks) begin circling around 5:00 p.m. like sharks and the day’s been too hectic for anything else, I think Honey Sesame Chicken. I swear it has saved my life, or at the very least, the loss of a limb or two…

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

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Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich Bon Appetit BA Best

Spicy Chicken Sandwich, BA’s Best

Yanno, I’m always trying new recipes and this Chicken Sandwich from Bon Appetit’s March issue caught my eye. See, I was just down in Georgia and had an opportunity to eat at Chick Fil A for the second time, ever. I think it’s the best fast food – and I don’t usually quite lower myself to eat fast food! I know, I know, I’m a snob about some things…life is just too short for mediocre food.

Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich

Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich

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Chicken & Ricotta Meatballs

Chicken (or Turkey) Ricotta Meatballs

A ground turkey or chicken meatball with a great texture, moist yet firm, slightly yielding and tender, juicy with a great flavor? How about all of the above and great baked, sautéed or served in a sauce or in a soup? Impossible? Not anymore, and not with these Turkey or Chicken Ricotta Meatballs.

Turkey or Chicken Ricotta Meatballs in Italian Wedding Soup

Chicken & Ricotta Meatballs in Italian Wedding Soup

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Cajun Jambalaya Recipe - Classic Roux Based Jambalaya

Jambalaya Recipe

Jambalaya truly reflects a cultural heritage carried into the New World, nurtured and melded into its own special blend – hundreds of years ago, displaced French Canadians settled into the Louisiana area and adapted this dish to their new surroundings. A lovely melange of vegetables, earthy sausage and chicken are in this Cajun Jambalaya Recipe and it has just the right amount of spice to be interesting. Then Y’all can pass the hot sauce at the table! Happy dance!

Jambalaya - perfectly cooked rice, make either roux or tomato based jambalaya

Do get a good color on sausage and chicken – the chicken should not be cooked through at this point

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