Tag: gumbo

Tasty Tuesday: Celebrating Mardi Gras!

It’s Fat Tuesday, y’all and we’re prepping for the Lenten season by “fattening up” on these delicious Creole and Cajun recipes from our amazing #ARWB foodies.

How are you gettin’ fat for Mardi Gras?

Ricci Alexis: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Now I know someone is probably wondering why in the world I am calling this a jambalaya and I have wondered before if I was calling it the correct name, and I always try and call my food by the correct name, so I looked up the definition for jambalaya and all the dictionary would tell me is that it is a cajun dish with rice, meat, and veggies. I would definitely say that this recipe qualifies so jambalaya it is!! READ MORE

 

Susanne Eagan: Shrimp Creole

This recipe Shrimp Creole is a great dinner idea  for any night of the week. This recipe can also be easily adapted for feeding  a crowd. My husband L-O-V-E-S Cajun food. So every once in a while I like to try to make one of his favorites at home. He gave this Shrimp Creole two thumbs up and that’s good enough for me.  READ MORE

 

Brittney Lee: Nolas

So when we were in New Orleans, we had a dessert at Johnny’s Po Boys.  I don’t remember what it was called, but it was something like “Sophia’s Special”  Very vague. But it looked good, so we got it.  And it tasted AMAZING.  But we couldn’t pinpoint the flavor.  So we asked on our way out “What was in that?”  READ MORE

Debbie Arnold: First You Make a Roux

For many years, making Seafood Gumbo was our New Year’s Day tradition. We would make up a HUGE pot of gumbo because we knew we’d have lots of visitors drop by for a bowl. We never really had to send out invitations. Friends and neighbors just knew to stop by and make themselves at home, including washing up their dishes when done. READ MORE

Keisha McKinney: Dragon Breath Fire Crackers

My dad and father-in-law love spicy snacks. And for 2 guys its sometimes hard to buy for, nothing seems better than showing up with a baggie or container full of a yummy little snack to say thank you for taking care of my dog or putting up with all of us over the weekend! Nothing goes better with gumbo! READ MORE

Tasty Tuesday: Celebrating National Soup Month with Gumbos and Such

#CelebrateNationalSoupMonth

Spicy Shrimp and Corn Chowder via Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor: Spicy Shrimp and Corn Chowder

26 degrees. That’s what the thermometer will register tomorrow tonight. I will be hiding under two layers of covers with a belly full of spicy shrimp and corn chowder. I love curry spice so much I decided to put it in this chowder along with some smoked paprika. If you are a chowder purist, you may be disturbed by this spice combination, but one taste will change your mind.  READ MORE

 

Instant Pot Gumbo via Nicky Omohundro

 

Nicky Omohundro: Instant Pot Easy Gumbo

Ready for some classic southern Louisiana food? This Gumbo recipe is cajun comfort food at it’s best. This stew (actually more of a soup) is full of spicy Andouille sausage and chicken served over rice. The best thing about this easy gumbo recipe is it’s made in a pressure cooker dramatically cutting cooking time. So now you can enjoy this classic cajun recipe is less time. READ MORE

 

 

 

Amy Gramlich: Creole Sausage and Shrimp Soup

Sometimes, you get a hankering for soup but don’t want the the typical chicken or beef. This creole sausage and shrimp soup brings the heartiness and warmth, but the spices and meat pairings bring a welcome change. READ MORE

 

 

Lacie Ring: Easy and Hearty Etoufee

If you like rice and you like Cajun food, this Easy and Hearty Etouffee will make your belly sing! If you like free happy mail then you must enter this giveaway!!! The free stuff you could win…oh my! Did I mention that this is the best Etouffee I’ve ever tried? You will never believe how easy it is to make and you will swoon over the taste. Pure Cajun Heaven! READ MORE

 

Keisha Pittman McKinney: Mama Sue’s Kitchen Cabinet Gumbo

Whether you are the Pioneer Woman, a contestant on the Worst Cooks in America, or just trying to get culinary in a small south Arkansas town, nothing makes dinner easier than a “cabinet creation.” Growing up, I always dreaded “clean out the fridge” buffet night. I would offer to help my mom get the meal ready because that left me first in line to pick out the remains of my favorite meal of the week. Thus leaving the mushy stuff that I didn’t like for the slow pokes who weren’t listening when the dinner bell rang!

On the contrary, I LOVED nights when my mom just winged it. She was (and still is) the queen of creativity in the kitchen. She taught me how to make incredible meals on a tight budget. She can always remake leftovers in to a new creation.She can take parts of two different meals and if you don’t pay attention, you think she has cooked a fresh dish 3 nights in the same week! It’s a not-so- secret talent and it’s been fun as we have added son-in- laws to the mix at our holiday table to watch their amazement at her dinner creations.

What she does best is always seek to be present with her people. Doing this takes lots of preparation. Mama will cook the week or weekend before we come and have meals ready in the fridge or freezer that we just have to bake and eat. (That leaves us more time for shopping, craft projects, window shopping, bargain hunting, cashing in coupons, and more shopping – all the essential things for time with your mama!)

She is also really great at her own “semi-homemade” treats. She will have the meat or cooked parts ready and just stir it all together at meal time. That’s exactly what happened with today’s dish. On their own, any of these ingredients are just fine. But, together, they are magic! And if a Cajun likes anything, it’s the magic that happens in a slow, stewed gumbo.

KEISHA MCKINNEY: Mama Sue's Kitchen Cabinet Gumbo

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken breasts (fresh or thawed)
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 14.5-ounce Margaret Holmes Okra, Tomatoes, and Corn
  • 1 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 27-ounce cans Margaret Holmes Red Beans and Rice
  • “soppin” bread – frozen garlic bread recommended

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in crockpot with 1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours. Remove chicken to cutting board and dice in to cubes. Return chicken to crockpot and add canned veggies, tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning.
  3. Cook for 2 more hours on LOW. A few minutes before serving, add shrimp (chopped to desired size or left whole) and canned red beans and rice.
  4. Stir together and serve hot with any sort of bread to sop up that goodness!

Notes

In case you are wondering, we are Texans, not Cajuns…therefore we let the people who know what to do, do it and we take full advantage of what comes our way!

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Keisha Pittman McKinney Big Pitt Stop #ARWB Keisha (Pittman) McKinney is settling in to her new married life in South AR after she #becamemrsmckinney.  A Digital Media Director by day for a church in Northwest Arkansas, Keisha is remembering what its like to plan ahead for shopping trips to “the city,” getting resourceful at her small town Walmart and creating online shopping personas everywhere.  She blogs @bigpittstop about daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats and the social justice cases on her heart.

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