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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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Strange Week Ahead

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I think the kiddos and I will hit up a farmer's market (or several) this week for some locally grown greens and fruit.

I think the kiddos and I will hit up a farmer’s market (or several) this week for some locally grown greens and fruit.

This will be an interesting week.   Family and friends are heading back to their homes so it will just be us for most of the week.  We ended up with a ton of leftovers from the weekend (woohoooooooo!) and I had already started to prep a meal for Sunday evening so we’ll have to have that in the beginning of the week.  Made for a very inexpensive grocery shopping trip.  As Heather of RHONY would say, “Holla!” 🙂

Monday: Leftovers.  Kiddos had Dewey’s pizza leftovers since they had Shish Wraps leftovers for lunch and hubs and I had Shish Wraps leftovers.  I am going to mourn the loss of Shish Wraps.  Maybe Simon will let us franchise a Shish Wraps in Germany.  A girl can dream, right?  Luckily I do have a great tabbouleh recipe…the quinoa tabbouleh on my Favorite Healthy Recipes Pinterest page is the perfect balance of veggies to grains to lemony goodness.

Dark and stormy will have to be added to the menu this week.  We need to use up our ginger beer.  Aww, shucks.

Dark and stormy will have to be added to the menu this week. We need to use up our ginger beer. Aww, shucks.

Tuesday: Asian Chicken and Cabbage Salad.  I already prepped the chicken and just need to prep the rest of the ingredients.  I think I’ll get this ready early in the day so I can have it for lunch and the rest of the fam can have it for dinner since Chloe and I are headed to P.F. Chang’s for a hot date with local dietitians. 

Wednesday: Leftovers.  I am praying we have enough leftovers otherwise we’ll have Ree Drummond’s pantry pasta.  I think she is my Woman Crush Wednesday this week.  What is not to love?  She is a city girl that is doin’ her thing in the middle of nowhere, making money, having a successful home and making delicious food. This is exactly what I aspire to do now that we are moving away from my dream job…maybe not quite the middle of nowhere.  Maybe more the middle of Miami or the outskirts of Washington, DC, but still.  Love and respect and admire her like woah.

Red beans and rice is one of my absolute favorite meals.  One of the many recipes hubs wooed me with.  Such a hunk!

Red beans and rice is one of my absolute favorite meals. One of the many recipes hubs wooed me with. Such a hunk!

Thursday:  Red beans and rice. Have I ever mentioned that I love beans and sausage and rice?  And that this is likely a meal we’ll have two times a week when Ryan is a teenager? That boy can EAT!  Luckily he would survive well in a developing nation due to his love of beans and rice.  He could subsist on rice, luckily.   I am skeptical of Paleo diets simply for their exclusion of beans.  Can you really have a healthy diet without beans?  I’m still trying to figure that out.  What do you think?  I just don’t know how to live without them!

Friday: Wingin’ it!  Chloe and I will be heading back from our road trip to drop the car off and send it on its way to Germany and hubs will have the kids to himself after our AMAZING friends watch them for the day.  He should totally bring dinner to them and some of his home brews, right? 

Saturday: Chorizo burgers with sweet corn guacamole.  Only Rachael Ray could come up with such a divine sounding burger.  This sounds like the perfect recipe for us to use up the rest of the chorizo in our freezer AND having some AMAZING Ohio sweet corn.  Ohio may not have great drivers (my Dad is still talking about the not yielding), but they sure do know how to grow some amazing vegetables.  The closer we get to CSA season the sadder I get.  I just keep reminding myself that I will be able to walk to a bakery from my future house.  Hope I can get some veggies straight from a farmer’s hands in Germany, too.

Gotta make another batch of these oatmeal bars this week to thank the kiddos teachers for being so wonderful.  Can't believe they are done with school!  This move is really happening!

Gotta make another batch of these oatmeal bars this week to thank the kiddos teachers for being so wonderful. Can’t believe they are done with school! This move is really happening!

What is your favorite Spring or Summer produce?  Strawberries? Rhubarb? Asparagus?  Peas?  Sweet corn?  I can’t decide!  Thanks for reading.  I hope you have a great week!

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