Jambalaya Recipe

So it's been a crazy week, but I'm back today to share the jambalaya recipe Cindy and I made two weeks ago!  We basically used this recipe, but if you know me at all, you know that I never ever follow directions and don't usually measure things.  Also relevant knowledge, this dish has A LOT of meat in it, and I'm a vegetarian.  This means that I didn't taste it at all, which is how I usually cook.  So I was really surprised when people actually liked it!

Just letting the meat cook first
We made a half batch, but used the full amount of onion and 1.5x the garlic.  I really like garlic and onion, the smell of it sautéing in butter is one of the best.  Another change was that we used italian cured ham instead of pickled pork.  Trader Joe's didn't have a can of crushed tomatoes, so we crushed them ourselves, although that doesn't really make much of a difference.  I also did not feel like buying bay leaves without knowing if I would ever use them again in the next three years.  I put a little bit more rice in than necessary and used almost twice the amount of shrimp that I should.  Oh and I added Tabasco, probably about an eighth to a fourth of a cup, that I may or may not have stolen from the dining hall...

After adding the chicken broth
The response was great people really loved it, although Cindy found it a little too spicy, but that is totally like her.  I've never made jambalaya before but it was fun!  It took a while, but it felt good to really cook something that I could influence.  Cooking is an art that I miss practicing.

The finished product!
Again, the recipe can be found here.


  1. I wish you could do this more often :P (By this I mean the food)


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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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