Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Easy Jambalaya

This is a rather simple recipe for Jambalaya. This is a dish that we've both tired to make, without much success, but I was surprised at how well this came out.

1 lb sausage (andouille if you are able to find it - you probably can't if you don't live in Louisiana)
-this is not breakfast sausage-
1/2 lb. shrimp (uncooked)
1 large white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
4 teas. minced garlic
2 C. chicken broth
1 can original Rotel
a pinch of saffron threads
1/4 teas. salt
1/2 teas. pepper
1/2 teas. cayenne pepper
1 C. uncooked rice

Heat approx. 1 Tbs. olive oil in large sauce pan. Slice sausage and brown. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and saute. When the vegetables are soft, add chicken broth, Rotel, saffron, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Bring to a simmer and add rice and shrimp. Place lid on pot and reduce heat, let simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The City Museum

Last night, we went to the City Museum in St. Louis. We had a lot of fun, although it was a hassle getting there. I'm not really interested in going into the city on a Friday night again until I-64 is reopened. We will go on Saturdays when the traffic is not bad.

This is an albino turtle that they had in the aquarium.

A two story slide that you can go down. We both went.

There was a fish tank where you could get a "manicure" from a doctor fish. It felt strange. And I felt like I smelled like fish the rest of the night. James was a better sport about it than I was. It didn't hurt at all, but it was a little creepy.

A chambered nautilus. It was floating at the surface of the water, so the top half is just a reflection. This was the first time I had seen a live one.