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Andouille and Shrimp Jamabalaya – Quick & Easy

A quick and easy and delicious Shrimp Jambalaya with spicy andouille. #jambalaya #andouille @mjskitchen


Looking for another comfort food?  Try jambalaya.  It is so easy to make, hot and spicy, packed with lots of flavor, everything you’re looking for in comfort food.  Plus it takes less than 45 minutes from start to finish.  Today I’m sharing my Andouille and Shrimp Jambalaya, a dish we make about once a month, because it is so good and a meal we just never get tired of eating.

As with gumbos and etouffées, you use the holy trinity (onion, celery and bell pepper) for jambalaya, but you skip the roux. The remaining ingredients are added quickly after the trinity is sauteed, and in the amount of time it takes to cook white rice, your meal is done.  Ready in less than 45 minutes!

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Brown Rice Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

This brown rice salad is a healthy salad with brown rice, a mix of peppers (sweet & spicy), nuts and herbs, tossed with a Lime Dressing. #grains #brownrice #salad #recipe @mjskitchen

This weekend we had a wonderful meatless meals that was totally unexpected. I had made this Brown Rice Salad with a Lime Vinaigrette and was planning on serving it with chicken.  Then Bobby walked in with a bunch of green tomatoes from our garden so I couldn’t I resist making a batch of fried green tomatoes. To heck with the chicken. What a great meal that this salad with the fried green tomatoes made!

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Red Beans and Rice with Tasso

A hearty bowl of Red Beans and Rice with Tasso, a spicy Cajun pork | mjskitchen.com

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A few weeks ago when we were in Louisiana, we dropped by Bergeron Boudin & Cajun Meats on our way out of Shreveport and picked up some cajun meats to bring back home.  We filled our ice chest with boudin, andouille and tasso, some of which we shared with our New Mexico family and friends. We’ve been using the rest to make some of our favorite Louisiana dishes.  Last weekend Bobby planned to make a pot of red beans and rice with some of the tasso and andouille; however, once he cooked down the beans with the tasso he found that no andouille was needed.  The tasso added both the spicy and the meaty components to the beans while delivering a different, but just as delicious flavor as we get when he uses andouille.  The recipe below is Bobby’s Red Beans and Rice with Tasso.  It is pretty much the same recipe he uses for his regular red beans and rice, so I’ve indicated the differences in my Kitchen Notes. And yes, red beans and rice is Bobby’s dish because he makes it SO GOOD!

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Braised Orange Ginger Chicken

Chicken braised in orange juice with ginger and other spices | mjskitchen.com


How many ways can one cook chicken?  Well, just out of curiosity I Googled “chicken recipes” and got 12,400,000 results! That’s a lot of chicken goodness!  In my personal recipe book, I have over 100 chicken recipes that I’ve created, adapted or revised over the years.  This Braised Orange Ginger Chicken is one of those recipes and one of our favorites. It’s easy to make, full of flavor and has an awesome sauce!  To make sure all of that awesome sauce gets fully appreciated, serve this dish with a side of rice, polenta, couscous or other grain.  A side of bourbon carrots makes a complementary side as well.

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Butternut Squash Risotto With Andouille Sausage

Risotto with roasted butternut squash and andouille sausage


In preparation of a new raised garden bed for next year, Bobby dug up an area of the yard last spring and started piling leaves and compost in it.  Low and behold, we soon had a couple of squash plants growing. We decided to just let them grow at the chance of getting something. We’ve never had much luck with volunteers before, but we thought “maybe this year”.  The two plants grew throughout the summer and, even though they were beautiful plants with a lot of leaves and blooms, we didn’t get very much. One produced two butternut squashes and the other, one cute little pumpkin.  Not very prolific, but at least we got something. I picked the first butternut squash around the middle of August and it sat on the countertop for a couple weeks, just waiting for the right inspiration to turn it in a meal. That inspiration came the day I brought home a pound of freshly smoked andouille from the Alpine Sausage Kitchen, a small German sausage smoke house in my neighborhood.  I love sausage with butternut squash so I decided to make this Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto With Andouille.

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Coconut Rice with Pickled Peppers

Coconut Rice with vegetables and pickled peppers


Some of the leftovers from Thanksgiving were a few pickled cherry bomb peppers. I had intended to put them on a relish tray with olives and marinated feta but totally forgot about the relish tray. A minor holiday mishap. The other night when I was making coconut rice, I decided to throw a couple of the peppers into the rice at the last minute. WOW! Coconut rice just got taken to a whole new level!

My coconut rice recipe has always been a few diced vegetables and rice cooked up in coconut milk and finished off with lime juice and cilantro.  For this recipe, I replaced the lime juice with minced pickled peppers.  Bobby and I both agreed this was the best coconut rice I had ever made.  It’s a very easy rice dish to make because everything gets thrown into the pan and cooked. In 20 minutes, you have a delicious little rice and vegetable dish and a very festive looking dish at that.
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Sausage with Vegetables Cooked en Papillote (in Parchment)

Sausage with vegetables are wrapped in parchment and grilled for a quick & easy, 1 pot meal. #recipe @MJsKitchen


June was extremely hot here.  In fact, it went on record as being the second hottest June ever for my fair city.  In an effort to keep the heat out of the kitchen, we’ve been grilling and making lots of salads. Like every summer, we try something new on the grill to expand our grilling repertoire. This summer it was Cooking en Papillote (pah-pee-YOHT) or cooking in parchment.  Our first dish was this Italian Sausage with Vegetables.


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Preserved Lemon Rice

Preserved lemon rice is a tasty rice made with preserved lemons and artichoke hearts. @MJsKitchen mjskitchen.com

If you read my Preserved Lemon post from last summer you know that preserved lemons are one of my most favorite condiments and that I always have a jar in the fridge.  One of my favorite uses of preserved lemons is in this rice recipe. Preserved lemon rice takes only 30 minutes to make and it’s packed with flavor, vegetables and a little protein. It could be a meal or a side for fish or chicken.  No matter how you serve it – it’s SO good!

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