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Happy Mardi Gras, friends!  It may be just a rainy Tuesday here in California, but we’re lettin’ the good times roll in this house, we LOVE us some Mardi Gras!  We pulled out the beads and masks will soon be dancing around to some sweet Dixie Jazz.

Madri Gras at our house is a blur of shiny beads and giggles!

Madri Gras at our house is a blur of shiny beads and giggles!

I always make a big deal at Mardi Gras, because it IS one of my favorite holidays (and is usually near my birthday!).  This year, however, I’m looking for the fast and easy recipes.  We just came home from Los Angeles and there simply isn’t time (or energy) to bust out my famous chicken and sausage gumbo, New Orleans BBQ shrimp, cheesy cornbread muffins, authentic king cake, and a vat of fruity Hurricanes.  Southern Living has a list of some great recipes if you’re feeling up to it.  As I browsed the recipes yesterday, I was tempted to start cooking up a storm… but I’m just too tired.  How about next year I show you what’ve I’ve got, deal?

Authentic king cake from a while back, sweet yeast dough filled with pecans and brown sugar.

Authentic king cake from a while back, sweet yeast dough filled with pecans and brown sugar.  I was my birthday cake that year!

Today I am going to make a Cajun Jambalaya with chicken and sausage (I can’t get shrimp last minute on the mountain).  It’s been a long time since I’ve made it, so I’m going to follow Emeril’s recipe on the food network.  It should be done in under and hour, so why not give it a try?  I’m also baking a crown-shaped bunt for my king cake, I’ll post a picture as soon as it is done!

Mardi Gras is all about letting off a little mid-winter steam and just having a great time.  Pour a little rum in your juice, turn on some Mardi Gras Mambo and make some fun with your family tonight!  Let the Good Times Roll!

 

Jessica
Jessica
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