Authentic Fried Rice (just like take-out . . .if that’s authentic)

The second best thing about 1st grade is very often you lose a tooth.The first best thing about 1st grade is that losing a tooth is just as important to all your classmates, as it is to you.  _  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -It’s 3:35pm. The front door opens, abruptly slams, and one very angry first grader walks through the door.She walks to the kitchen, leans her back onto the pantry door, and pops a grape into her mouth.  “My tooth is never EVER coming Read more […]

Creole Jambalaya (and my hair which have some surprising similarities)

I’m a low maintenance chic.No, really. I am, and it shows. Generally speaking, my clothes are too tight (not in a good way) or too big. I only buy make-up from the drug store, and not very often, and I can’t remember the last time I went to the beauty parlor to get my hair cut. But since we’re speaking generally, I’m pretty sure another president was in office.Enough is enough. As I looked into the mirror with my scraggly head of hair, I wanted to shoot myself to relieve any onlookers of Read more […]

Lemon-Basil Cod Cakes

I have 7 new members of my family to introduce. No name #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.A few days ago, we went to the pet store to buy fish. Yay. Yippee.There was never really any choice in the matter. When our pet rat died I would have promised Shelbi the world to get her to stop crying and smile. It took some time, but she moved on, and at 9:34 am Sunday morning, she decided that she must have new fish NOW. Meaning, she wanted us to immediately run to the store and get her fish before A.) they Read more […]

Shrimp Boil the Easy Way

It just ain’t right, on a weeknight.Unbutton yo’ pants, cuz yo’ belly gonna do a happy dance.We ain’t died, but our happiness done multiplied.  Ah Eazee Shrimp Boil that gun make you wanna slap yo’ mamaand not spicy or hot so yo’ babies can lick them finga’s!Ingredients:2 lbs large shrimp deveined, but not peeled1 lb small potatoes8 corn cobettesOne sachet of Louisianna brand Crab, Crawfish, Shrimp Boil (I promise it’s not hot or spicy)1-2 lemons, halved (optional)2 TB saltHot SauceCocktail SauceDirections:1.  Read more […]