Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Notch Monday!!!

Monday was a perfect, prefect fall day, weather-wise. It was sunny, but cool and came with a nice, light breeze. So, both my walks were outside and delightful.

I had to go to Laurel Park Place Mall, so I stopped into the Big Boy and got the veal parmesan for lunch.

After work, I treated Caley, changed clothes (long pants this time) and started warming the red beans and rice. Then I started assembling the trash for tomorrow.

I hauled out the wood from the garage shelf I’d demoed. I cleaned out the fridge and threw away anything out of date or suspicious looking. I even went through my magazine rack! It took almost 2 hours.

All the while, I occasionally stirred my dinner. Now, one of the instructions was to use a wooden spoon to mash about half of the mixture against the side of the pot. I tried that, but the sausage and ham made it difficult. Likewise, the sausage and ham prevented me from using the stick blender. So, I got out the old potato masher and got ‘er done!

I started a pot of white rice at 7:00. The red bean mixture was creamy and the beans were soft and it was soupy but not watery (as instructed). So, when the rice was ready, I plated my dish.

Damn! Should have wiped the edge of that bowl and could have garnished it with fresh herbs or maybe thin-sliced scallions, but I was hungry!!!

That was my first experience with new Orleans-Style Red Bean and Rice and, though I had taste-tested the broth repeatedly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But wow!

All the flavors blended together to make a truly excellent dish. Thank you, Emeril! I figured if anyone would be spot-on with New Orleans dishes it would be him.

After I ate about 3/4 of the bowl, I sprinkled some Frank’s Red Hot sauce on top and kicked it up another notch!

I let the Dutch oven sit and cool and wandered in to check the TV. I opted for reading instead. Finally stuck the Dutch oven in the fridge. I’ll put the rest (and there is lots left) in freezer containers tomorrow. Then I went to bed.


  1. Red beans and rice look fantastic!

  2. @ Jake & Carla:You know I normally only report my opinions on the food I make. I usually don't recommend things because everyone's palate is different. But, I swear you should try this (even if its at a restaurant). It's a bit of a pain the butt to make (the overnight soak of the dried beans and the 4 hour simmer time) and definitely not a weeknight meal. But it tastes fantastic!

    And you hit it with some hot sauce (Texas Pete, right?) and you're talking food orgasm!!!

  3. No wonder the Cajuns say "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

  4. @Jake: Wish I could find that up here. But Franks Red Hot sauce is my go-to.