I know Fat Tuesday was nearly two weeks ago and Jambalaya is usually a dish served on that date, but I didn’t even know what it was earlier that day, UNTIL…
our wonderful friend and neighbor, Tracy, brought some over.
Yes, I am giving away the rating before I even give you the recipe once again, but seriously, folks, ADD this to your rotation of recipes!
My WHOLE family LOVED it, especially our starving college sophomore who came home for the weekend.
Ok, she’s not really starving, but she has come to find, shall we say, a new love for her mother’s cooking since she’s been away. 😉
If you are a young mother or one who hasn’t had any children yet or even if you have some teenagers, you’ll find that in the long run, they DO come to appreciate you.
They may not physically show it with affection, or even verbalize it, but they do and you’ll finally have validation that all of your literal blood, sweat and tears over these youngins’ wasn’t for naught.
It makes it ALL worth while.
As I was saying…
Two weeks ago when Tracy walked over with a good sized portion of this dish that she had made for dinner, I had heard of it, but wasn’t sure what the ingredients were and was thinking it was some kind of seafood dish.
Um, thanks, Tracy, but the rest of the family can try it. I’m not a seafood fan (even though I have a few of those recipes here on 365, I would much rather have chocolate for dinner).
“What, no seafood? Really?”
“It can have seafood, like shrimp” she said, “but I didn’t put any in.”
“Woo hoo! Tracy, I LOVE you!”
So for those of you who like the shrimp added to their Jambalaya, go for it. If you’re like me, you’ll love it without.
The best of both worlds in one main dish!
Place chopped sausage into the pot and brown.
Remove and set aside with the chicken.
Place flour in the bottom of the pot, stirring constantly until browned.
Add onion and pepper and sauté until soft.
Add garlic and tomatoes and cook.
Add broth, thyme, basil, parsley and Cajun spice.
Bring to a boil.
Add rice, chicken, and sausage and return to a boil.
Dot the top with butter, cover the pot and place in oven.
I rate everything on a scale of 1-4 and this Jambalaya earned 4 rolling pins!!
You need to make it, is all I can say.
It’s absolutely delicious and it feeds an army, or at least a small one!
I shared tonight’s dinner with Ava’s family because I knew there would be plenty.
For those of you who have been following Ava’s story, there is still no knowledge of her whereabouts with her biological father and his girlfriend/wife. She has been officially missing since 9am Wednesday 2/22 after she was not at the visitation drop-off point and no contact can be or has been made with her father.
Her mother and step-father are doing as well as can be expected. It was really great to see them again tonight to give them some hugs, encouraging words, and some home-cooked food to make sure they are eating through all of this.
Please send out positive thoughts and prayers that Ava is safe and she’ll be able so sleep in her own bed soon.
The 365 Facebook page is at 679!! Will we make it to 700 by next Thursday??!! If you haven’t already “Like”d us, please do so and make sure you tell your friends. This will be relevant for our giveaway on the 365th day because “Like’ing us will give you an extra entry! So, do it now!
Everyone enjoy your weekend!!
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!! I love you..