Although it was a hot, sunny day in Boston yesterday - I was in CT where it was a bit overcast and cloudy. There was just enough cool in the breeze for me to want to cook something special. I had been craving jambalaya for a while - so I decided that this would be a great opportunity to make a big pot of it, and split the leftovers between Rafe and I.
I used Rafe's mom's recipe. She grew up in New Orleans, and this is her recipe - so I can't give it out (family secret and all) but I can provide these pictures for a clue......and tell you that this recipe is close - if you add shrimp.
The dish came out awesome - and I'm very excited to eat some of my leftovers for lunch today. Jambalaya is definitely one of those dishes that gets better as leftovers (like chili) since it has so many different flavors. They tend to meld together best after some time in the fridge.
I think I did a good job....Rafe's mom came home just as it finished cooking and took a bite - I got very anxious - she knows her jambalaya. She said it tasted authentic, and I was relieved.