Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bayou Teche Jambalaya + Downtown Alive

Here's another fabulous Cajun favorite that will have you going back for more, cher! A dear friend from New Iberia, who lives on the Bayou Teche, (Tesh), gave me this recipe, many moons ago.The smoky flavor of the Andouille sausage and ham combines nicely with the Cajun "trinity" and blackeye peas, for a real spicy flavor treat that you will not soon forget! Oh, cest bon! Enjoy!

Bayou Teche Jambalaya

1 pound andouille (or other smoked sausage),
sliced thin, then cut in half
1 cup cubed ham
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs.'s Creole or Cajun seasoning
2 cups chicken stock or broth
1 cup, uncooked rice
1 cup cooked blackeye peas
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1/4 cup green onion
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Few shakes Tabasco

Brown the sausage and the ham in large Dutch oven, over medium heat. Drain excess oil, leaving a small amount. Add "the trinity" and Creole seasoning, and cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft. (about 10 minutes) Add the chicken stock, rice, black-eye peas, mustard, and Tabasco, and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower heat, stir and cover, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until liquid is absorbed. I love to serve this fabulous dish with a big salad and a hot crusty loaf of French bread. And maybe a nice glass of wine, too! Bon Appetit!

T.G.I.F- Time for Downtown Alive!

We had an absolute blast, last night, at the kick off for the 27th annual, Fall Downtown Alive, concert series. For those of you who are new to my blog, Downtown Alive is a giant T.G.I.F. Block Party, held every Friday evening, at Parc International, in downtown Lafayette, during the Fall and Spring seasons. It's a wonderful way a way to unwind, after a stressful work week, and a great way to visit with family and friends and enjoy great live music, dancing, and of course, great food!

This week's band was the fabulous "Feu Foullet", a traditional Cajun group, with an emphasis on modern trends. The crowd was more than ready to dance, after the long hot summer, and with such a fantastic line up, this fall's DTA promises to be the best, yet! When our weather cools down, here in Cajun country, our music heats up! And yes, we do this every Friday evening!

The mood was exuberant and it was great to see friends that I hadn't seen all summer.
You see just about everyone that you ever knew. Let the good times roll, cher!

This was a dancin' crowd and as usual, a whole lotta, nitty-gritty dancin' going on!
So much fun, and great exercise, too! I took several other videos and will post them soon.

But since I'm posting from the public library, due to my internet connection being down, I chose the shortest one. This song was a fast two step, more like a polka! Really gets the blood pumping and very aerobic!

Hope that ya'll are having a fantastic, fun weekend, too! Merci beaucoup for coming by!
I will be around to visit ya'll, just as soon as I get my internet connection back! Cheers!


January Asia said...

Jambalaya! I love Jambalaya! The concert looks so fun. Your internet connection was down, so you went to a public library to post this post. Want to know what that meant to me? It meant you are a devoted blogger.

Once again I mentioned you, your blog, and (another) one of your recipes. See for yourself:

Pam said...

The jambalya looks great and I make it many times. And thankfully our local butcher has andouille sausage most of the time. Downtown Alive sounds like a blast. Looking forward to more videos. Love that Cajun stuff!

Kittie Howard said...

Ahhh, Marguerite, your post brought smiles and a tappin' foot and another great recipe. (We just ate some of your wraps, cooked shrimp inside, delish! Burp!) You're a dedicated Cajun angel!

That LSU game aged me 10 jame!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

C'est bon indeed! My internet connection was down for half a day and all night. I felt sick inside. Truly I have an addiction. Oh well, it's back for now and I'm blog hopping like a maniac!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, such fun!!! I wish I could join the dancing!!! And the jambalya looks so fabulous!!! I love it!!! Yum! Yum! Should never stop by here at dinner time!!! ROFL...Love you, girlfriend! Janine XO

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now I could make that recipe!

Unknown said...

That Jambalaya looks fabulous.


Rosaria Williams said...

Oh Yum! I will have to try this soon, so good and enticing. Now, how can I get that music?

Pat Tillett said...

It looks like a lot of fun and even more good eatin'

kitchen flavours said...

A perfect delicious complete meal! Wow, everyone sure is having a gala good time!

California Girl said...

Made your chicken enchiladas last night along with a dish I created using roasted poblanos with black beans, fresh chopped tomato, shredded cheese topped with a killer sauce made from oilive oil sauteed garlic, flour added to create a roux, then heavy cream, sour cream and seasonings. The two dishes were an explosion of flavors and everyone really enjoyed their meal. Thank you!

cookingwithgas said...

this is where I come to drool- gosh that looks great!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I'd love a bowl of this. It looks delicious and it looks like you had a great time. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

John said...

That's another recipe for the 'bayou cookbook'; one day I'll surprise my wife by cooking one of them.

Malu Silverman said...

Will definitely try this. I've always considered adding adding some kind of beans to my jambalaya, and it's nice to see I could use black peas.

I love the dancing crowd :)

Marguerite said...

January- Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for the mention! The silver lining was that I discovered that the library's connection speed was super fast and that I could upload videos there, in a fraction of the time!

Pam- Thanks, I'm glad that you can get andouille, it's the best! DTA is so much fun and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Lots more to come!

Kittie- So happy that you liked it, cher! Thanks, it always means so much to me, when people try my recipes and tell me they enjoyed them! I know, it was a good game!

Karen- Thanks, I know what you mean, it's like having withdrawals! lol Mine was out for 3 days, so I have a lot of catching up to do! Thanks for stopping by!

Janine- Merci for your lovely comment, cher! I wish that you could, too. It's probably a good idea to eat a little something first! lol And this recipe is very good without the meat, too!

Alex- Thanks and I hope you do! The great thing about jambalaya is that you can add or subtract any ingredients that you want. Enjoy!

Clarissa- Thanks so much, glad you like it and hope that you try it! It's one of my faves! Thanks for coming by!


oh, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Another mouth watering creation by our delightful recipe queen. And I was foot tapping and swaying as I heard the music.

It's awful when the internet is down - we are so used to having our computers working all the time, when they are down its a little like losong an arm for a while.
Just love your blog and visiting ~ Eddie

Arlee Bird said...

No internet connection! Ooooh Noooooo! I hate it when that happens.

Looks like a rollickin' good time. That's one big dance floor.

And that Jambalaya looks really good. Here I am shortly before bedtime looking at this food and getting hungry. Now I'll be dreaming about food.

Tossing It Out

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh my! That Jambalaya looks gooooood! Thanks for the recipe.
Cheers, jj

Talli Roland said...

You've made me so hungry and it's not even 10 am here! Looks like you had a great time.

nanny said...

Those flavors are just jumping off the screen.......yum, yum....big bowl and piece of hot cornbread for me!

Carolina Mountains said...

We have a similar outing on Fridays during our summer season in Asheville - music, food and fun. Ours are called Downtown After Five.

Talei said...

Bonjour! OMG your blog is dangerous! When I see all that lovely food, my mouth waters! Now who's going to cook me some Jambalaya tonight? Yum!

Marguerite said...

lakeviewer- Thanks, so glad you like it and want to try it! You can also substitute seafood for the meat or make it without either, and use veggie broth, for a tasty vegetarian dish. Just go to and type in Cajun music, they have it all!

Pat- It's always a lot of fun and our Fall festival season is just beginning, so lots more fun ahead! Thanks, always great food, too!

kf- Thanks, and it's very easy to make, too! Yes they were! We believe in having fun, every chance we get! It's the Cajun way!

Cal. Girl- Thanks so much for trying the Chicken Enchilada recipe! So glad you enjoyed it! And the other dish you made sounds fab! Your guests were so lucky to have such a feast! You're very welcome, cher!

cwg- Thanks so much for the nice compliment! Glad you enjoy it! You're welcome to come by and drool, anytime! :)

Mary- Thanks very much for your lovely comment! It's very easy to make and I hope that you try it! Hope that you're having a wonderful day, too!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Okay, this is a new one on me -- the beans IN the jambalaya. I usually see them as a creamy white bean side dish, but this looks great!

Hugs to you, sha. :)

Marguerite said...

John- Thanks, so glad you like it! You really should try at least one! This one is very easy to make and is great, with or without the black eye peas! Just add more hot sauce if you can't get the Cajun seasoning! :)

MS- Hey, Ma-lou, it's great to hear from you! I'm so happy that you want to give it a try! Any kind of beans would work! Glad that you enjoyed the dancin', too! Thanks so much for coming by!

Gypsy- Oh you are so right, my dear Louisiana lady! Thanks for the great comment and for stopping by! Love your new pic, cher!

Eddie- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! So glad you enjoyed it and hope it got you up and dancin'! lol Yeah, it's always a drag, more like losing the mind! lol Thanks, I love your blog, too!

Lee- Me too! It's never a good time, for the connection to go out, for sure! lol It is a beautiful concert facility, right in the middle of downtown! Always fun and every Friday! Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it! Sweet dreams! :)

Joanna- So good to hear from you! Thanks, it's really divine and I hope that you will try it! You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

Marta Benicá said...

Oi, gostei do jambalaya, me vi nessas fotos, parecia real, adoro cozinhar.Beijos.Venha me visitar também.