Posts Tagged ‘rice’

Red Beans and Rice

January 7, 2010

We had blackened fish and red beans and rice the other night for dinner.  I think I have a southern thing going on here, but thats about the only thing new I have been cooking.  My Honey requested red beans and rice after enjoying KBR’s.  Lots of southern boys work in the sand, so guess they had to learn how to make em and serve them.  Nice to hear that mine were better.  I had never had red and rice before…let alone made them….so I adapted a recipe from the Neeley’s.  I was short on time, but next time I will make them from “scratch”.

RED BEANS AND RICE

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves

All the veggies and garlic in a dutch oven with the oil and saute.  Add sausage and spices then beans and stock along with the bay leaves.  Let simmer about 2 hours or less if you are in a hurry.  Make your rice and serve over rice.

Oh yummy!!!!  And here is what was left.  As you can tell everybody enjoyed them.  The kids, MIL and FIL and us.

I have started a couple of new hobbies, so sorry I haven’t kept up.  I shall show you what I have been doing later.

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2010

Hope everyone had a safe and sane New Years.  I know we did.  In bed and snoring about 9 PM.  Of course when you have to get up at 4:30 AM, ya gotta do that.  Everybody on radio and TV talks about what a lousy decade it was.  Good things happened along with the really bad, so I guess it really wasn’t any worse than any other.  And it sure could have been alot worse.

Anyway…..jambalaya for dinner last nite.  Southerners eat black eyed peas on New Years for good luck….and I’m from southern Idaho.  That ought to work.  I adapted this from my favorite southerner, Paula Deen.  Some stuff I had and some I didn’t.

JAMBALAYA

1 cup long-grain rice

1/2 of a red onion, chopped

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 bay leaf

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 qt canned tomatoes

1 8 oz can of tomato sauce

3  smoked hot link sausages

1 lbs shrimp…I left the tails on

Throw everything, but the shrimp, in a big pot and simmer until rice is cooked and sauce is thick.  Add shrimp and cook until barely pink.

Now how easy was that.  And oh my….sooooo yummy….as you can tell by the almost empty pot.

Now for those New Years resolutions:

Eat healthier…yeah right.  Gonna make BrazenBites caramel cake today and cookies for lunch fixings.

Get more exercise….ahahahaha.  About all I exercise is my mouth and fingers.  That ain’t gonna happen.

I know….I know.  Remember to wind the cuckoo clock.  I do forget that some times…like yesterday.  It’s an 8 day clock, but it isn’t hung up far enough on the wall for the weights and chains to hang straight, so its about a 5 3/4 day clock.

Well, here’s to another New Year.  Hope y’all can stand my babbling for another one.