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Best Ever: Mardi Gras Faves

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We love Fat Tuesday and all of the Cajun and creole flavors that go along with it.  We usually try to make a week long event of it so that we can fit in all of our favorite recipes.  Here is a list of our favorite recipes to help you celebrate Mardi Gras.  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for the best last-minute Fat Tuesday recipes.  Laissez le bon temps rouler!

Crawfish Etouffee: Swoon!  If you have never had etouffee you MUST try this recipe.  One word: bacon.  Convinced yet?  It is not difficult to make but has huge flavors.  We have made this one with crawfish and have used frozen parcooked shrimp when we can’t find the crawfish.  This is the recipe that makes me a little jelly that I am not from Louisiana.

Crawfish etouffee will make someone fall in love with you. I promise.

Crawfish etouffee will make someone fall in love with you. I promise.

Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo: This is one of our favorite recipes even though it is not as traditional.  There is no roux in site for this one, but it does contain the “holy trinity” of onions, peppers and garlic.  We always sub the green pepper for an orange or yellow one since we like the flavors better that way.  We like to use jasmine rice with this since it has a mild flavor.  This is a more tomato-ey gumbo and with some hot sauce it is divine.

Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-Ya: If you are looking for a traditional chicken and sausage gumbo this is the recipe you are looking for.  It takes about two hours or so to make so if you can wait that long then definitely give it a try.  The prep is really easy, but there is some hands-on time when you make the roux.  And you have to make the roux as patiently as it calls for or the flavors and colors will not be quite right.  It is worth every ounce of patience you can muster.  And trust me, you can stir the roux if you have to {very carefully} hold a baby in the other arm.

We like the Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo heavy on the rice.  Yum!

We like the Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo heavy on the rice. Yum!

Pan-Seared Shrimp Po’ Boys: Because the shrimp are pan-seared it is a little lighter than a traditional po’ boy.  The sauce is what really makes this one special.  We have tried lots of po’ boy recipes and keep coming back to this one.  It has tons of five-star reviews, ’nuff said.  This is the first one that is great for a last-minute Fat Tuesday party.

Chicken-and-Sausage Jambalaya: When the recipe calls for a rotisserie chicken you know that it is going to make your life easier.  This is one that we have made with some frozen parcooked shrimp instead of the chicken (just add the shrimp right before serving instead of when you add the rice) and it turns out just as good.

This dirty rice is one of our fave one-pot meals.

This dirty rice is one of our fave one-pot meals.

Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausage: This is one that you can grab the ingredients on your way home today and impress everyone with your Fat Tuesday prowess.  It is quick and easy and since there are so many veggies it can be a one-pot meal.

I hope you have a great Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday!  If you are looking for more recipes like this check out John Besh’s latest cookbook.  Thanks for reading!  Have a great week!

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Best Ever Weeknight Chicken Recipes

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Welcome to 2016, Radishes Are Pink style!  :)I was just reflecting a little bit {don’t we all at this time of year?!} and was thinking about my goals for this here blog this year. I started the blog at the very end of 2014/beginning of 2015 when I was 7 months pregnant. Pregnant brains are weird and some days I think my lactating brain is even weirder! Needless to say it was not easy to keep up with the blog in 2015 and I am committed to doing better at it this year. Right after our sweet Chloe was born we learned we were moving to Germany and then the steamroller of an overseas move took hold of our life for most of the year. We found an awesome house but were without internet and television for five months! That seems insane thinking about it now. I guess my lack of sleep made it seem like it wasn’t quite so long.

My littlest sous chef has grown so much this year!

My littlest sous chef has grown so much this year!

Now that I am back to blogging I figured the best way to kick of the blogs in 2016 is with our favorite chicken recipes. Everyone {okay, maybe not everyone, but LOTS of people} love chicken. I think it is fair to say it is a weekly staple in most households. We are always trying out new recipes and I promise to give you my real take on them so you know which to try and which are just not worth your time. Here is a list (with links to the recipes) of five of the best weeknight chicken recipes we have ever tried. Cheers to puttin’ a little pizzazz in your chicken game in 2016!

Arroz Con Pollo: This is a Food and Wine recipe and is one of our favorites. It is from their Best From Scratch Chicken Cook Book. We love this one because you can really use whatever chicken you have on hand to make it and it comes together really quickly. This recipe is almost a formula for a chicken and rice and not just a recipe. You can riff with whatever peppers you have on hand and can add extra veggies (we usually do). The best part is that as long as you are willing to wait 45 minutes for dinner to be ready you can prep for twenty minutes then sit back and relax for the 25 minutes while it simmers…soaking in all of the delicious aromas.

Chicken Tikka Pizzas: It may sound a little odd at first, but trust me, this one just works! The chicken quickly broils in a yogurt mixture while you make an Indian-spiced tomato sauce. You mix this all together then spread on a pita with some onion and cheese and you are left with one of the best fusion recipes of all time. All in under thirty minutes!

Korean-Style Chicken Wraps: Every Asian chain seems to have a version of lettuce wraps and I had never found one to make at home to do them justice until we made these. These are sweet and salty (but not too salty) and with a squeeze of lime and some cool cucumber they are the perfect homemade lettuce wrap. I love the ones with some grated daikon which would be super good in these, but the daikons at our store are always enormous so the cucumber is a nice substitute. This is probably the best “take out, fake out” you’ll ever make. Trust me.

Our move to Germany moved us far away from some family and much closer to others! We are so happy to be able to see Auntie Anouk and Auntie Nienke more often!

Our move to Germany moved us far away from some family and much closer to others! We are so happy to be able to see Auntie Anouk and Auntie Nienke more often!

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts with Thyme Gremolata: This one sounds fancy but don’t let that fool you. This recipe has six ingredients. Six! It takes a wee bit over thirty minutes, but that is because you marinate it for thirty minutes which is the perfect amount of time to settle in after work. The lemon juice makes the chicken tender and juicy. We usually serve this with some microwaveable rice and a tossed salad. This is definitely worth standing on your patio in a parka to grill in the Winter.

My sweet Hannah is always such a great helper and eater. She loves any kind of chicken!

My sweet Hannah is always such a great helper and eater. She loves any kind of chicken!

Cumin-Rubbed Chicken with Guacamole Sauce: We love Chipotle. A lot. The closest Chipotle to where we now live is almost two hours away. The horrors! The guacamole sauce is really what makes this recipe. It is creamy and tangy and takes only a few minutes to make it. Especially if you are lazy like me and roughly chop {ahem, okay so maybe I dared my blender to blend the halved tomatillos and giant chunks of avocado} the ingredients.

Stay tuned for more of our favorite ever recipes and weekly meal plans! Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so you never miss our take on a recipe we’ve tried. Happy New Year!

Life with this kiddo is always an adventure. A little Nutella on your face, Ry?

Life with this kiddo is always an adventure. A little Nutella on your face, Ry?

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