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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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Celebrating National Rice Month with ARWB

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Arkansas Women Blogger members enjoy a special relationship with Riceland Foods. Not only is this Arkansas-based company headquartered here, it supports and features some of the best farmers and producers in our state. Riceland is unique because it is a cooperative of rice farmers, meaning it is owned by those farmers. Both Riceland and ARWB take tremendous pride in supporting our local farmers and producers.

Several of our members have recipes which have been featured on Riceland’s blog, including this one for Baked Chicken Marsala and Rice Casserole from Lyndi Fultz of nwafoodie which uses Riceland’s Extra Long Grain White Rice.

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And I can definitely recommend this Lemony Shrimp Scampi over Gold Perfected Rice, the rice preferred by the hospitality industry. 

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Are you a Tex-Mex fan? Then be sure to put this Poblano Rice and Beans with Shredded Fajita Chicken prepared by our spicy gal Heather Disarro from Heather’s Dish.

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Captain Mom, also known as Rhonda Franz our Girl Friday of everything The Women Bloggers, starts her family’s day off right with a Favorite Way to Eat Brown Rice for Breakfast. I certainly remember eating and loving steaming bowls of rice with sugar and cream especially on cold, winter mornings. 

If you struggle with the preparation of brown rice, follow my method for cooking brown rice and your troubles will be gone!   give Riceland’s new  boil-in-bag brown rice a try.

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And who doesn’t love a good dessert? Rice can be your go-to ingredient for sweet craving as well as for your savory. Julie Kohl of Eggs and Herbs, Content Creator for ARWB, recently shared her Jumble Cookie recipe — perfect for lunch box treats.

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I’m really looking forward to experimenting more with Riceland’s Jazmine (Jasmine) Rice in some of the Indian and Thai recipes I’m learning. (Thanks Swathi!)

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Have you checked out the Riceland blog? Here are a few other examples of some of the jewels you’ll find when you do!

Dad’s Best Barbecued Chicken

Dad’s Best Barbecued Chicken

You don’t have to have a big fancy grill or even a tiny disposable one to have delicious barbecued chicken. I used to think that barbecue was saved for big family picnics or get-togethers at a local park and you …Continue reading…

Kabobs Over Yellow Riceland Rice

Kabobs Over Yellow Riceland Rice

It seems like every restaurant that serves kabobs on the menu or every butcher shop that sells pre-cooked kabobs follow a set routine by only offering chicken or beef. I often wonder, why the discrimination over other kabob meats?Continue reading…
 
Baked Rice Apple Crisp

Baked Rice Apple Crisp

As the resurgence of Sunday Suppers, potlucks, and general embracing of comfort foods tease us weekly on our social media apps, I am on the constant lookout for family-style desserts that are easy, delicious, and will please all age groups. …Continue reading…

 
 
Rice & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Rice & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

When I think of black-eyed peas, I am instantly transported to a magical place of antebellum homes, magnolia trees, and mint juleps. In my minds-eye, I am sipping the mint juleps and fanning myself from the summer heat and persistent …Continue reading…
 
Brown Rice Chicken Skillet Dinner

Brown Rice Chicken Skillet Dinner

We all have those times when the day is super busy but there is still a desire to put a healthy, delicious meal on the table. This Brown Rice Chicken Skillet Dinner is quick, easy and sure to please even …Continue reading…
 
Turkey Tetrazzini with Rice

Turkey Tetrazzini with Rice

I keep leftover turkey and chicken in my freezer just about all of the time. It comes in handy for those evenings when I need a quick and easy dinner.During the holiday season when the prices are really good, I …Continue reading…
Riceland Rice Ole'

Riceland Rice Ole’

Just about everyone enjoys the spicy taste of Mexican food. From tacos to burritos to enchiladas, we just never seem to tire of all the combinations of meat, cheese, rice, beans, avocados and peppers. While we do enjoy those, one …Continue reading…
Riceland’s Vegetable Dip

Riceland’s Vegetable Dip

In late August and early fall in the South, all thoughts turn to football. And that, of course, means it’s time to tailgate! And while tailgate used to be just that —a picnic on the tailgate of your honey’s pickup …Continue reading…
Taramahoota Pollo Sopa con Arroz

Taramahoota Pollo Sopa con Arroz

Good friends are such a blessing. And they are especially so when they share delicious, original recipes with you and allow you to share those as you please. My good friend, Chef Liz Bray, created the original version of this …Continue reading…
 
Cherry Rice Salad

Cherry Rice Salad

Every Sunday, my in-law’s church hosts a dessert social following the evening sermon. Parishioners bring a variety of desserts to share while they mill around and enjoy each other’s company.  My mother-in-law is always looking for fun new recipes and …Continue reading…
 
Brown Rice Breakfast Tacos

Brown Rice Breakfast Tacos

If Taco Tuesday isn’t a thing in your house, it should be. And if you’re not eating breakfast for dinner on a regular basis, well you should be doing that too. We love Taco Tuesday and breakfast for dinner in …Continue reading…
 
Join me Tuesday, September 27 when I’ll be sharing some of our favorites from Riceland on THV11 This Morning — at 6:15 am (go ahead and set your DVR:)
 
Bon Appetít Y’all
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All recipes and photos courtesy of Riceland Foods.

Caty Mills: Bloody Maria Shrimp {Foodie Friday}

Summertime means that it is officially grilling season!  This week I grilled up some Bloody Maria Shrimp.  It’s a Mexican twist on the classic Bloody Mary flavors that uses tequila instead of vodka.  I also added some chili powder and paprika to spice up the flavor profile and complement the smoky flavor you get from grilling.  These shrimp are a little sweet, a little smoky, and the kick from the lemon and tequila adds a great brightness and freshness to the dish. Serve these up as an appetizer with some frozen margaritas and you’ve got the perfect summer treat. 

Now, a little bit about this particular method of grilling. One of my favorite ways to grill shrimp is to throw them in a foil packet with a little bit of marinade.  It’s so much easier than sticking them on kabobs and I find that the shrimp cooks more evenly.  They also soak up more flavor from the marinade on the grill so there’s no chance of them drying out or getting too charred.  It’s an easy method for first time grillers and master grillers alike.

 

bloody maria shrimp from caty mills

   

Bloody Maria Shrimp
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Marinade
  1. 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup tequila
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  6. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  7. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  8. 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  9. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  10. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  11. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  12. 1 teaspoon salt
  13. 1 teaspoon pepper
  14. 1 lemon, sliced thin as garnish
  15. 1/4 cup parsley, chopped as garnish
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill to medium heat.
  2. In the meantime, make the marinade. Add all of the ingredients for the marinade to a large bowl and whisk together to combine thoroughly.
  3. Add the shrimp to the bowl and marinate for 15 minutes.
  4. Make two foil packets using heavy duty foil. To do this, lay a large sheet of foil on a flat surface. Place half of the shrimp and a little bit of the marinade in the center of the foil. Then place a few slices of lemon on top. Bring the short ends of the foil together and fold twice to seal. Fold in the sides leaving some room for steam.
  5. Make another foil packet for the other half of the shrimp.
  6. Place the foil packets on the grill and grill over medium heat for 6-8 minutes.
  7. Remove the shrimp from the grill, open up the foil packets, and garnish the shrimp with a few fresh slices of lemon and the chopped parsley.
Notes
  1. Serves 4 as an appetizer.
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 Getting to Know Your ARWB Foodies

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What food reminds you of childhood?

Pinto beans, greens, and cornbread. My dad used to make it all the time from scratch. It was both of our favorite meals.

What is your favorite international cuisine?
 Ramen. It’s so fun to make at home and actual healthy!

 

What is always in your refrigerator at home?
Tons of fruit and lots of different kinds of cheese.

What is your most used cookbook?
The Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook

What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
My spiralizer. Awesome for curly fries!

Do you have a favorite food indulgence?  
Homemade biscuits with cream gravy

What is your go-to ingredient that you use time and time again?
Chicken broth. You need it for almost any casserole or soup.

What is your favorite food meal to cook at home?
Homemade mac and cheese

What is a cooking tip that you would like to share with beginning cooks?
Don’t stress about following recipes to a tee (except if baking). It’s fine to add your own flair and try new things!

When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite pastimes?
Playing volleyball

What else would you like us to know about you?
I am writing an e-book right now.