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Old 01-29-2006, 06:41 PM   #11
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dh doesn't like seafood
What would you suggest I could make for cajun this weekend?
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Old 01-29-2006, 07:08 PM   #12
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Would he like chicken and sausage jambalaya? Red beans and rice is yummy and you can add chunks of sausage or ham. I'll add some more non seafood ideas as I think of them.

edited to add a couple more:
We make alligator sauce piquante but you could substitute chicken.
We also make etoufees - always shrimp or crawfish - but you could substitute chicken and sausage there, too.
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Old 01-29-2006, 07:18 PM   #13
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now you got me thinking! Dirty rice is good. We like to make ours with lots of chicken livers but if you don't like that, you can use ground beef.
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:02 PM   #14
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dh doesn't like seafood
What would you suggest I could make for cajun this weekend?
Canjun food can be as simple as red beans and rice, or more exotic like jambalaya (something like paella) or gumbo (which can range from a soup to a thick stew). It can have seafood, or not, and can have okra, or not. It's basically down-home back-woods Louisiana cooking using what you have on hand - no shrimp for a shrimp and okra gumbo, use chicken. Generally nothing fancy (fancy would be moving into the realm of city Creole cookery) but it will fill your belly and gladden your heart.

I'm not big on a lot of "packaged" stuff - but you might check your grocery store for packaged dry mixes from Zatarain's - or check their website for some ideas ... expecially ideas for Jambalaya. You can also search some sites a Google search came up with. While jambalaya recipes without seafood are more plentiful than gumbo recipes, you can check out some more recipes and get some ideas. You might also get some more ideas from looking over the recipes at Chef Paul Prudhomme's website.

Hope this gives you some ideas.

I'll probably be making shrimp and okra gumbo based on the recipe from the "The Prudhomme Family Cookbook". It's about as close as I have ever been able to come to the way my Aunt Margaret used to make it.
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:05 PM   #15
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Hey Callie,
Do you have a dirty rice recipe? My cousin in New Orleans has an awsome recipe if you need it. The way she described it last time sounds really tasty. I'll ask her to email me the recipe and I'll post it soon.
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Would he like chicken and sausage jambalaya?
I would! That sounds like a plan for me.




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We make alligator sauce piquante
I wonder where I could get some alligator meat?
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:18 PM   #17
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Thanks, Dina. Hubby makes awesome dirty rice...but like his seafood gumbo the recipe is in his head not on paper. If anyone wants his version, I'll have to "extract" it from him.
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Old 01-29-2006, 10:55 PM   #18
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dh doesn't like seafood
What would you suggest I could make for cajun this weekend?
Here is a basic jambalaya recipe that I use. You can add what ever type of meat you and your family likes. I mainly use sausage or ham in mine. I tried it once with chicken, but I prefer the sausage.

Jambalaya

I have been craving this lately, so jambalaya is what I am going to make. I just made red beans and rice recently, so it is too soon to have that meal again.
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Old 01-30-2006, 11:11 AM   #19
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Hey mudbug, sorry I missed this split, MJ got it done for us. Thanks MJ! (I had to work last night) Can you post your shrimp creole recipe for me? I am going to go with either that or a Jambalaya. And I will just say right here that I know that my kids will go "Ewwwww!" but I am in anyway. I LOVE Cajun food. I live with spice wimps though.
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Jambalaya it is! Count me in.
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