Shrimp Jambalaya

Shrimp Jambalaya

One of the most fitting ways to celebrate Mardi Gras is with this hearty, bold-flavored specialty of New Orléans featuring shrimp and spicy sausage. A gradual layering of flavors starts with pan-fried bacon and chorizo sausage followed by the holy trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery. Sautéed in the same pan, they pick up… 

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Italian Meat Sauce and Pasta

Meat Sauce for Pasta

Meat sauce takes me right back to the days of my youth when this would grace our table all the time. It was one of my favorite meals. Then we stopped having it. For whatever reason, a once or twice a month occasion turned into a once a year event. I can’t tell you how… 

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Andouille Sausage and Chicken Gumbo with Fried Okra

Andouille Sausage & Chicken Gumbo with Fried Okra

  Everything I know about gumbo I learned from John Besh in his book, My New Orleans. I hesitate to call it a cookbook even though it’s packed with recipes. It reads like an autobiography with pages upon pages recounting the cultural traditions he was born and bred on and to this day gives the… 

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Pasta Puttanesca with Hot Sausage and Bocconcini

Pasta-Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca has a dark and murky past! It’s said to have origins with Italian “ladies of the night” who used the pungent aroma to lure men into their lair. The story goes on to say they were too busy to shop for fresh ingredients or spend a lot time cooking. The result was a… 

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Sweet Potato and Sausage Stuffing

Sausage and Sweet Potato Stuffing

My Mom’s sausage stuffing is renowned. It used to be a once a year happening (Thanksgiving) that I would start dreaming about the moment the last scrap of leftovers were eaten. Once a year wasn’t nearly often enough to satisfy me. Only lately Momma Spice has been making stuffing more often. And experimenting. A lot.