Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Wednesday, Sep 19 2012 

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We had some cool weather this weekend so I decided to make gumbo! It’s the perfect food to warm you up, and it can feed a lot of people. I cook it for my husband, son and myself and we can eat on it about 3-4 times. It takes about 3-4 hours to cook, but it’s worth it!

Ingredients;
1/8-1/4 yellow onion finely chopped
Roux (I use Savoie’s, but you can make your own)
Water
Seasoning (I just use salt and pepper)
1 package sausage (sliced)
3 chicken breasts (cubed)
Cooked rice

-Sautée onion in large pot until clear
-Add roux (about 1/2 – 1 cup). Heat on medium/high until soft/melted. STIR
-Add hot water until pot is almost full.
-Bring to a boil and stir constantly until Roux is completely dissolved.
-Continue to boil for an hour. STIR. You don’t want it to stick to the pot. Continue to add water as it thickens. You want it to be “watery”- soup like.
-Add sliced sausage and boil for another hour. Continue to add water as it thickens.
-Season… I “just put.”
-Add chicken and cook for another 30-45 minutes. You can lower the temperature a little if you’d like. Continue to add water if needed.
-Taste and season to your liking.
-Serve over rice.

Enjoy!

(I forgot to take pictures in the process, but I will add them next time I cook this..)

Let me know if you have any questions.. I’ll be happy to help!

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You want to put WHAT in my what? Thursday, Sep 13 2012 

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Cinnamon in my coffee?!

I was helping my very best friend clean her entire house one Saturday… It was early. I needed coffee, and she wanted to put cinnamon it in!

I am completely addicted to coffee.. (I’m not the only one, right? Right?)

I don’t put flavors in my coffee.. (Well, a vanilla iced latte is my only exception to that.)

I was VERY skeptical. I don’t like cinnamon. I know, I’m probably the only crazy one. Anyway, her house, her coffee.. I agreed with the promise of “regular” coffee if I didn’t like it with cinnamon.

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY I DRINK MY COFFEE NOW. It is absolutely delicious. It doesn’t taste like cinnamon at all. It makes cheap coffee taste ten times better. (Yes, I buy cheap coffee.. I drink too much to buy the expensive ones that wouldn’t “need” cinnamon, but I’d probably put it in them anyway.)

I put the cinnamon in after the coffee grinds. I just sprinkle some on top. We don’t measure in the south. This is how Heidi (the best friend EVER) did it. I’m not sure if it would be the same if you put it in your cup.

But, you should definitely try it!

Have you ever heard of putting cinnamon in coffee before?!

Calzones Wednesday, Sep 12 2012 

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My husband has been casually mentioning calzones over the past few months.. So, I decided to try this recipe that I found on Pinterest. (I’m addicted, I know.)

Most of the time, recipes don’t work out perfectly for me… This one is no exception. Although, it was pretty delicious.

I used box pizza dough. (I’m such a cheater.) But, I think I am going to try to make my own next time…

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I prepared the dough according to the directions on the box, and let it sit on the counter for about 20 minutes..

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I split the dough in half between two baking sheets and flattened it out to make as big of a rectangle as I could without the dough being too thin. I layed aluminum foil on my baking sheets. (Mainly because they are extremely old and need to be replaced..)

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Then, I put the pizza sauce in the middle..

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Cheese, meat (pepperoni and sausage), and more cheese..

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I had a lovely helper…

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Then, I cut the dough that wasn’t covered by the pizza ingredients into strips and “braided” it over the filling.. It isn’t pretty, but it worked..

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I baked it at 350 for about 25 minutes. The original recipe says differently, but the oven in this rent house is temperamental and I always have to reduce cooking time.

I had a terrible time trying to get these off of the aluminum foil. I wish I would have taken a picture… just trust me- it was bad. I recommend spraying your pan or aluminum foil for an easier time removing these things.

Here is what they look like after I wrestled with them for 20 minutes..

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Don’t judge me. I’ll do better next time..

ENJOY!

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Red beans and rice. Sunday, Sep 9 2012 

My son, Landon, used to call this, “Ra Ra rice”. He actually still does even though he can pronounce it correctly now.

This is one of my favorite things to cook.. It’s so cheap and easy! It doesn’t take too much attention, but you do have to watch it.

I have never cooked for more than 4 people. I am sure my Granny and Mom use three to four times as much ingredients as I do. They like to cook for the whole town, but so do most Cajuns. This recipe makes enough for my family of three to eat it twice. Sometimes, I just add more beans on the day we have it for leftovers.

I open my three cans of red kidney beans (two dark, one light) with my non-electric can opener, Ahem, I could use an electric one., and empty them into my pot..

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Then, I cut up my sausage. I prefer Savoie’s mild pork, but they don’t sell that here in NC. So, I settle for whatever I can find. I have used turkey, but it gives it a little bit of a different flavor. I just use one package of sausage and slice it…

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And add the sausage to my pot… along with as much water as I can fit. Turn the burner on high. I also put my rice cooking at this point. I cook three cups of medium grain rice in a rice cooker.

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Don’t forget to cut up some sausage for the kitties.. (My Mom’s poodle, Fifi, starts crying for her sausage as soon as she pulls out her electric can opener. It’s pretty ridiculous.)

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Now for the seasoning. I just add salt and pepper. I don’t know how much. I “just put some”. This is how my Granny taught me to do it, and so that’s what I do. I haven’t ruined a meal yet!

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STIR, STIR, STIR. You don’t have to stir constantly, and I don’t.. I take a break and poor myself a glass of wine. (;

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Bring it to a boil…

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I let mine boil for about 20 minutes or so, OR until it starts to thicken. Then, I bring the temperature down to about medium. REMEMBER TO STIR… Or it will stick to the pot.. and that’s not fun. I cook it for about another 20 minutes or so adding water if I feel like it’s getting too thick too fast. Then, I bring the temperature down to almost low and let it thicken to my liking. It’s not “supposed” to be watery at all. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo or not..

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I leave it on low until my rice is done. And then we eat.. after moving a kitty from my chair.

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YUM!!

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Red beans and Rice
Ingredients;
3 cans of kidney beans
1 package of sausage
Salt
Pepper
Rice

Add beans, sliced sausage, and water to a pot. Season with salt and pepper. Boil for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bring heat down to medium and cook for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bring heat down to low and allow to thicken. Serve over rice.

Any questions? Leave a comment and I can help.

I’d love to hear your favorite, easy, “go-to” dish. I’m always looking for new recipes to try!

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