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Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

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Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Hola mis amigos -

It has been a while since I have shared a recipe with you! It is not for the lack of cooking but rather for the lack of time to talk about my cooking (& remembering what I actually did!). I rarely follow a recipe exactly because I always add my own flare based on Ben & I's preferences, or rather mostly MY preferences! haha Ben is the least picky eater I have ever met in my life. He only hates olives - which makes no sense to me?  Anyways - This recipe is an adaption of my sweet friend Christi's recipe! She recently made this for us on the Baldock GC Mountain Retreat Weekend {you will see more about this soon on a future post!) and it was a huge hit with everyone!! Ben and I just added a few vegetables that we really love & as Christi says, this recipe is totally adaptable. Feel free to add what you love to it or take anything away that you are not crazy about. The world is your oyster!

Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Prep Time: 15-20 min

Cook Time: 30-40 min

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 package of sausage (We used turkey Polska Kielbasa sausage!)
  • 1 package of basmati rice (We are obsessed with basmati!!! We absolutely love it, the flavors are amazing.)
  • 3-4 yellow squash
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • Tony's Creole Seasoning

Directions:

  • Start by cooking the basmati rice according to the package instructions in a LARGE pot (This can be the pot you use later on to mix everything together.). Note: Most basmati rice requires that you rinse it until the water runs clear, this takes a few minutes so I recommend starting with this step first. Usually it takes about 15-20 minutes to cook the rice. Our package recommended adding butter, so of course we did! It was delicious so I highly recommend it.
  • While the rice is cooking, chop all of your vegetables into bite sized pieces. Saute the vegetables in a skillet over medium heat in olive oil until tender.
  • While the rice & vegetables are cooking, cut up the sausage and put into a skillet over medium heat in olive oil until lightly browned & crispy.
  • While the rice, vegetables, & sausage are cooking, pick off all of the rotisserie chicken off the bones and put into a bowl. Save the chicken broth for future use.
  • When the rice, vegetables, & sausage are done and all the chicken is picked off - put all ingredients into the LARGE pot with the rice and stir together. Add the chicken broth from the rotisserie chicken, as well as, chicken broth from the can as needed until it is a smooth texture. This all just depends on your mixture of how much you will need.
  • Add Tony's creole seasoning to your liking and it is ready to serve!

This is seriously one of the easiest & most delicious semi-homemade meals I have had in a long time. We are hooked. Ben said he was going to eat it every single night this week while I am out of town for work! 

 
Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
 

Happy cookin' y'all -

Chelsea
 

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Pecan Lodge

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Pecan Lodge

This week I am back in Dallas for work and Tareen, one of my coworkers, is a fellow foodie and is always taking me on a tour of the latest and greatest in Deep Ellum. Deep Ellum is the hub of trendiness in Dallas featuring great venues for music, the coolest new restaurants, and quirky, fun art galleries. She has told me many times about Pecan Lodge, a Dallas-famous barbecue spot that was notorious for long lines at the Dallas Farmers Market. One of our other coworkers enticed us with pictures of their food last week so we put it on the slate to try. In our client's auditorium they just so happened to be serving barbecue today, so after being hit with the enticing smells and hearing our stomach growls we knew exactly where we were going to go.

Upon arrival, we were giddy with excitement about this place's potential after seeing the Texan and rustic outside patio area with twinkle lights and picnic tables. I am a total sucker for twinkle lights, there is just something about them that completely sets a specific type of ambiance for me. See twinkly perfection below:

 
Pecan Lodge Patio
 

We were caught off guard when we entered the restaurant at 12:45 pm and noticed the 40-50 person long line to order! The bartender then walked up to us and asked if we wanted to sit at the bar and order food from up there. Score - he just earned himself a big tip for that one! 

Upon reading the menu - I decided on The Hot Mess and a side of mac & cheese. I won't waste my breath trying to describe this for you, I will just let you see for yourself:

The Hot Mess
The Hot Mess & Mac and Cheese

This place was definitely delicious and lived up to the hype. The atmosphere was great, everyone was so nice, the food was unique and fresh, and after hearing their story I love it even more! If you are curious about the inspiring story behind the couple that quit their day jobs and risked everything to pursue their passion of mesquite grilling, read this article by D magazine. They hit it big time when they were seen all over the Texas lists of best barbecue and were even featured on the popular show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. When they were faced with the closure of Shed 2, part of the Dallas Farmers Market, they were in tears over what their future held for them, but in true fashion they had no idea what lay ahead for them. D Magazine always does a fabulous job capturing the true essence behind the story and shares very real and even emotional sides that most people don't know. It is also so wonderful to see two people share their hearts and struggles so publicly.  You will fall in love with Justin & Diane's story just like I did!

If you want to visit the Pecan Lodge yourself, here is their website.

Hope you dream of Deep Ellum and The Hot Mess tonight -

Chelsea
 

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