Ya…the irony of me cooking red beans…I’m a transplanted Yankee living in the south, vegetarian, Jewish woman cooking this meal. Our guests are soon to arrive from Georgia and this is dinner for tonight. One of them is actually originally from New Orleans and over the summer I made red beans and rice and he raved about them. So, of course, I need to have a pot ready for his arrival this evening. I was taught to make these by my friend Dora (rest in peace). I am cooking challenged to begin with, then throw in local cuisine and that is completely out of my element and I’m lost. My husband loves them as well and says the trick is good meat. I headed to the local cajun meat market and picked up some sausage and tasso to add to them. The crock pot is on for the day and though I will eat them, I am happy to make them!!!
It’s all good and I have to admit…the house will smell delicious in a few hours!
2 sausage links
1 bag Camellia red beans
water to cover
sprinkle Tony’s on top
Cook all day in the crock pot!
***Lagniappe – added a little of my friends new product, available in Rouse’s “Bacon Grease”
Not sure what makes it more real, ordering the official Senior year pictures today or seeing him off on the bus for his last Cross Country meet as a senior. Either way, my first born, Drew, is on his way to leaving the nest. This time next year, he will be away at Ole Miss and I’ll be getting ready for his arrival for Thanksgiving break, by likely kicking my other son out of his room. We have so much on our plate for the rest of 2013, that I do not anticipate us doing anything but spending lots of family time together at home. Shhhh don’t tell anyone… but I’m looking forward to that even more than a vacation (minus the housework).
I am truly blessed to have such a great young man, who is meeting his full potential in high school and taking advantage of all it has to offer. I can’t wait to see what he does with his life and can pretty much bet money that he will be high profile (in a good way) someday. Putting this in writing so I have proof that I always believed he would be successful. Now to kick his butt through the rest of the year and make him get those scholarship applications in!
To tell you the truth, I’m not really liking all these “lasts” for him. I Know I have two more kids to go with this through and I’m sure it does not get easier. *sniff sniff* For the record, I hardly cry, so I better get a grip on this now!
Pictures taken by River Oaks Photography.