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Jambalaya Recipe

I have the jambalaya recipe that serves 35 people and is prepared in a big cast iron pot over a flame. Your literal blood, sweat and beers go into making it.  This is not that recipe. Easy Jambalaya:  1 lb. sausage 2 lb. shrimp or 1 lb. raw chicken 2 c. rice, raw 1/4 c. bell pepper, chopped 1/4 c. green onions 1 Tblsp parsley flakes (2) 10 3/4 oz cans beef broth (2) 10 3/4 oz cans french onion soup 1 tsp. Tony's  1 stick butter Garlic powder  Pour rice in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Top with soup, broth, butter, dry and raw seasonings. Stir. Top with meat and garlic powder to taste. Cover and bake...

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Best Summer Recipes: Broiled Shrimp

Men in south Louisiana are often great cooks. My dad isn't one of them, but fortunately, mom's friends husband's are. This is a recipe from Mr. Jess Waguespack.  I've made this as long as I've been married. Gulf shrimp feels like a treat to most; the peel and eat way feels casual. For a more elegant approach, I peel these after they are broiled and serve over angel hair pasta.  Broiled Shrimp 6 dozen large shrimp 2 sticks butter, melted 2 cloves garlic 3 limes pulp of one lime 1/3 cup vermouth 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 8 dashes Tabasco pepper sauce 1/2 cup olive oil Arrange shrimp in one layer in a shallow pan. Mix all sauce ingredients...

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Chocolate Meringue Dessert

As I analyze my own behavior, I've come to realize that I go through my days, unconsciously, enjoying sophistication but by taking the path of least resistance. One could say it's a form of art. Now before you get all impressed, you must realize that I'm gussying up what it means to be lazy whilst having Dom Pérignon taste on a Busch budget.   I think I could write a book called "A Lazy Woman's Budget-Conscious Guide to having La Joie de Vivre."  Even writing "La Joie de Vivre" makes this phantom book nobler that it should.  Since many of you resonated with my distaste for Sanda Lee's personality in her show, "Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee", I think there is...

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(Easy) Homemade King Cake

With baking, my motto is: "I'm not doing it if it's not easy." So rest assured, this is easy. And this is good.  I've been making this Holly Clegg King Cake recipe for years. When my December baby wanted to be strapped to me for the entire spring of 2015, I remember getting a few droplets of purple, green, and gold icing on his bald head as I completed the final step of this homemade King Cake.  I can report that he is 6 now, and he still loves this King Cake. Bon Apetit!    Makes 16 servings 2 (8-ounce) cans crescent rolls 4 ounces cream cheese 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup light brown...

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Marinated Mushrooms

Momma always served marinated mushrooms in a dark green, smooth crystal bowl on Christmas Eve at our home in south Louisiana. Every year. No exceptions. It's become a staple for my parties now in Auburn, mainly because it's an easy, ahead of time recipe, and it's a impressive-looking appetizer...especially when you present it in a crystal dish like momma does.  I don't know where she got the recipe, but Mom says in our Family Favorites Cookbook, "I've been making these for years---since Dad was in residency. Everybody looks for them on Christmas Eve."    Marinated Mushrooms: 3 - 8oz. cans button mushrooms 1 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 packages Good Seasonings Italian Dressing Mix 4 green onions...

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