Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jambalaya ya ya



Assemble all the ingredients ahead of time,
 and you have an easy meal ready in 25 minutes!



1 lb. Good Cajun sausage, sliced and browned in skillet

1 to 2 lbs. Raw, cleaned, de-veined shrimp
 2 c. cooked chicken diced
2 c. uncooked rice
4 c. chicken stock (have it hot and set aside)
3 T oil
½ onion,
2 stalks celery,
 ½ green pepper,
 3 cloves garlic…all chopped up
1/2  Roma tomato, chopped is optional
2 bay leaves, salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.


Use very large skillet, with a good fitting cover. Into the skillet pour oil and rice,
 (you see I am using Tony C's Yellow Rice, I like the yellow color of the finished dish!  Reminds me of Paella)
stir constantly over medium heat until the rice turns golden.

Immediately add the chopped onion, celery, garlic, green pepper, bay leaves, seasonings, omit salt if you use a pre-seasoned rice. Pour the hot chicken stock over all.

Immediatly pour the stock over all and stir.

Add the raw peeled, deveined, rinsed shrimp,
stir again and cover the pan.

Turn down heat to low, allow to steam cook with cover in place for  20 minutes. 
No peeking under the lid!!!

 Here is the finished Jambalaya, nicely plumped rice, all stock absorbed.  It's ready to serve!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Buttermilk Drop Donuts, like McKenzies Bakery~ Recipe & Review

I know there is a risk when trying an Internet recipe.   
I don't need to waste precious ingredients, so it's a good practice to find reader reviews before I try any recipes out in my kitchen.

  Here is my reader review and revision for the  improvised McKenzie Buttermilk Drop donuts recipe.

 I am visiting my daughter in Washington and wanted to make fresh buttermilk donut drops for breakfast, so I located a recipe for McKenzies Bakery Buttermilk Drops on the net. 

 McKenzies Bakery was a New Orleans favorite and the Buttermilk Drops were unbelievably delish!  The bakery is now closed, so if I want  Drops, I have to make them! 

 I adapted a recipe I found online a bit and found it to be satisfactory.
 I recommend you use a  cooking thermometer to keep the oil temp. at 350 degrees

They are really good!

If you want lattes or iced coffee, Torani's White Chocolate Flavor is a real good flavor addition

Buttermilk Drop Donuts

1 cup flour
4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Whisk these dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Add the following to the dry ingredients and stir until moistened throughout batter.
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk

Drop by spoonfull into 350 oil.  Cook until golden.  Remove and drain on papertowels.  Glaze with powder sugar glaze or dust with cinnamon sugar.  I enjoy these just plain, too!