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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


The weather is acting crazy here in Phoenix .... one minute it's bright and sunny ... and the next, rain clouds or dust storms are moving in. They don't seem to last long and then it's right back to being bright and sunny. I think it's so cool that you can actually see the storms roll in here. I've never seen anything like it. 

Needless to say, we've gotten some rain here in Phoenix the last few days .... some much needed rain I might add. Where I'm from, you could almost set a clock to the time it would rain. It would be so darned hot and the humidity would get so high - that the rain would be a welcome relief .... until the humidity started to rise again! :) 


I'm learning that things are different here in the desert .... rain is a big deal. I mean, they cancel school if it rains! (No joke, my oldest son who attends a public school was sent home 2 times in the past 2 weeks for rain .... nothing more than rain). I know some of y'all have to be just as shocked as I was. Things like that don't happen in other parts of the country to my knowledge. If it rains, life still goes on. Kids stay at school. Apparently here, they have huge issues with flooding and I'm guessing that is really the reason school is dismissed early? I'm not really sure. I found out the other day that Phoenix has what they call The Stupid Motorist Law .... I can't even make that up - it's a real law here!

I'm not sure what it is about rainy weather, but it kinda makes me want to eat spicy food. Spicy food that I can have cornbread with. Two particular meals come to mind for me - Chili .... or Jambalaya. MmmmMmmm. This time, Jambalaya won! :) Enjoy, y'all!

Yield: 6 servings

2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 lb. smoked sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. cubes
1 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (16 oz.) crushed tomatoes
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
½ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. Tabasco sauce
1¼ cups uncooked white rice
2½ cups chicken broth

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning over the sausage and chicken. Cook the sausage until browned. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the chicken to the same pan and cook until slightly browned on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the onion, bell pepper and celery to the same pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper flakes, pepper and Tabasco sauce. Add the sausage, chicken and the rice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

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  1. I absolutely adore jambalaya! We will gladly take some of that rain, too :-)

  2. Okay, I am making this as soon as possible. It looks fantastic. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. This jambalaya looks amazing - going to have to try it.
    I've never lived out west but that's pretty crazy they shut down schools for rain!!!
    Stopping by from Thriving on Thursdays!

  4. Love Jambalaya! It's my kind of comfort food since I'm #1 Fan of rice and smoked sausage together! Thanks for sharing it at Fluster Buster party Jamie! Have a fantastic week! Lizy

  5. Jamie, this looks SO GOOD!!! I'm pinning and can't wait to try! I'm from Mesa, AZ and my parents still live there (I moved to CA a few years back). This time of year is so crazy with the monsoons and stuff. Glad you got some much needed rain!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  6. Yum! Sounds so good now that we're having cooler weather. Something to warm me up. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/09/fridays-five-features-no-8.html

  7. Ok I have a confession...I have never had Jambalaya! Why? I'm not sure haha But this looks great!!! I'll have to pin it and give it a try. I'd also love if you'd stop by and link up at my link party Feed Me Friday

  8. We just love Jambalaya and your recipe looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  9. I just love this dish... one of my favorites. Nice recipe.

  10. OH Jambalaya is so good! Rain does seem an odd reason to send kids home, at least in Arizona. I grew up in the north east and rain in the winter was a good cause because it would freeze and turn to ice. I'm guessing that doesn't happen down there, lol.

  11. Of course I love jambalaya. If I remember correctly, and I often don't, your pastalaya is how I was introduced to your blog. Maybe? Anyway I know I made it and we liked it!

    Thank you for linking this week, Jamie! Enjoy your rain but don't be a stupid motorist ;)

  12. Wow, they think up the craziest laws don't they!! Rain?? Seriously?? It never rains in California, and we never got out of school when it did! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board, and we hope to see you again on Friday.


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