Making Jambalaya

It’s no secrete that I LOVE Christmas and I LOVE to cook. So imagine my joy-filled heart when my dear friend, Megs, asked me to come over to her house and teach her how to make my jambalaya!

I left my house this morning at about 8:15 and drove up north to Scottsdale where Megs lives. Bonus, her beautiful sister, Sandy, is visiting from Michigan, so I got to meet and spend a few hours chatting with her too!!

I had a little surprise for Megs when I arrived. I gave her an apron I bought as a graduation gift from our first cooking class together. How cute does she look?

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Megs had everything all ready to start chopping and dropping it into the cooking pot. She was so excited to learn how to make this jambalaya, she even cried while she was chopping the onion… she is such an emotional gal.. šŸ™‚

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Megs chopped all the veggies while I cut up the meats.Ā Ham, kielbasa, and chicken. Then we started the step-by-step process of browning each meat separately in the same pot to help get the pot all nicely seasoned with the little bits of meat that is always left on the bottom of the pan. Then we cooked up the veggies, added the meats back into the pan and began adding the liquids that make the sauce.. lots of steps, but well worth the labor of love to achieve the end result!

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Next we began the taste, adjust, taste, adjust, processĀ to ensure the seasoningsĀ were just right… Then we turned it down to a low simmer, and when Megs and her family are ready to eat it tonight, all she has to do is add in the shrimp that is seasoned and ready in the refrigerator, and the scallops about 10 minutes before serving over steamed rice. Of course you must also serve crusty bread to mop up all the delicious broth!!

I also showed Megs how to prepare shrimp, and garlic sauce,Ā for garlic shrimp tacos… I can tell you they are ready for a feast!

I told Megs I have every confidence she can put the finishing touches on the meal (i.e. add the shrimp and scallops, crusty bread…) She said she was sure she could. I said well, if you screw anything up after I leave, it’s all on you… šŸ™‚

Megs laughed and gave me one of her best heart-felt bear hugs that I so love to get from her. She hugs you like she means it, and I so love her for that…

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ThankĀ  you Megs for inviting me into your home to cook with you. Nothing makes my Christmas more special than to spend quality time with family and friends and cooking special meals. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Stay Tuned!!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Dec 18, 2014 @ 21:24:40

    Just beautiful!!!!! love you both to pieces!

    Reply

  2. katsbynp
    Dec 21, 2014 @ 02:33:51

    That certainly looked like such an enjoyable day. Thanks for sharing.
    XoXo

    Reply

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