I started my project management class (Contract and Procurement Management) for this semester about six weeks ago. Even though it's an online class, it requires more essay writing and online participation than my previous class so I haven't had much computer time for fun. I'm taking a hiatus from blogging until about mid-May when my class ends and my garden starts showing some signs of life.
My parting recipe for you is "red beans and rice." I made this a few weeks ago for a Mardi Gras party. Red beans and rice is traditionally served on Mondays in New Orleans because that's when women did their washing. The beans could be started in the morning before tending to the wash and would be ready for dinner.
|Mardi Gras Party|
Crock Pot Red Beans and Rice
16 oz dried kidney beans
2 lbs smoked sausage – cut in rounds
1 ½ onions chopped
3 celery stalks finely chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
½ tsp sage
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
3 to 4 cloves of garlic finely minced
Salt to taste
baking soda for soaking beans
Soak beans in water with some baking soda for a few hours and rinse.
Sauté smoked sausage for a few minutes until brown and drain fat. You can substitute turkey sausage, but I've told it's not as good when I do that. Add all ingredients except for rice to crock pot (slow cooker) and add water about 1 ½ inches above all the ingredients and cook on high for 10 to 12 hours until beans thicken. Serve over rice. Serves 8.
There was also yummy gumbo, bread pudding, and king cake served at the party, but my camera phone wasn't cooperating with me and the photos were blurry.
I'll try to pop by everyone's blog when I have time. See you in a couple of months. Cheers!