Jambalaya You Have NOT Defeated Me!

Jambalaya You Have NOT Defeated Me!

I’m a fan of Cajun/Creole food. I like the earthy spices combined with just enough heat to make the dish flavorful but not so hot it turns in to rectal regret the next day. One of my favorite dishes is Jambalaya. What I like about it most is its versatility.

Thai Cod Cakes With Cucumber Relish

Our circle of family and friends gather together several times a year for potluck dining and an evening of good company. Very often, our potlucks feature a specific cuisine, whether comfort food, Cuban dishes, Mexican night or anything else that strikes our fancy. Our most recent gathering was a Thai-themed potluck. Yay! My favorite!

Ode to the TV Dinner

Ode to the TV Dinner

Dinner time was quickly approaching and I just wasn’t in the mood to cook. I mean duh, I have better things to do like, uhhhhhhh, hmmmm errr, whatever.

That’s not the point.

I decided to have a T.V. dinner night! I thought if I acted like it was a theme party it would go over well!

Smoketoberfest 2010

For the ribs, I prefer back spare ribs. They are nice and meaty and have less fat on them than the St Louis cut ribs. The first thing to do is cut the membrane off the bone side of the ribs. This is a really thin skin-like substance connected to the bones themselves. I remove it because it allows the meat to become more easily permeated with the smoky flavor. To remove the membrane, use a sharp knife and separate a little from the narrow end of the ribs until you can simply pull it off. At this point you can cut the ribs into sections, if needed, to accommodate your smoker.

Spicy Black Beans and Rice

Spicy Black Beans and Rice

One thing I have learned living on an extreme budget is that beans are your friend. They are a cheap source of high protein, they come in many shapes and sizes, they go with pretty much anything else you put in them and hey… they aren’t meat! Also, they are awesome if you are a lazy cook. Soak the beans overnight, toss all of your ingredients in a pot and let it simmer all day. You are free of the kitchen until its time to dish it up, perfect food for a busy household.