Monday, April 11, 2011

AMH Cooks 2

So this week I decided to post one of my all time favorite recipes, Jambalaya. I don't make it often, but when I do it's always a HUGE hit. The original recipe came from a cookbook I received as a bridal shower gift years ago and over time I've tweaked and adjusted it to make it my own. Hopefully you'll like it too.



3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups sliced onions
2 Cups diced red and yellow bell pepper
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
4 Cups stock (chicken, beef, vegetable or shrimp)
2 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
1/2 Tsp cajun seasoning (or to taste) - There are a lot of great ones out there, however I personally use a combination of my two favorites, Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish Magic  and Old Bay .

2 Tsp fresh thyme sprigs (or 1 tsp dried)
2 Cups peeled, seeded and chopped fresh tomatoes (you can substitute canned {drained}but the flavor from fresh is noticeable)
2 Cups long grain rice (I use Jasmin because of the distinct flavor difference)
1 pound peeled cooked shrimp (I tend to use more because people usually prefer a lot of shrimp in it)
1 pound smoked kielbasa
Minced parsley or cilantro for garnish


*Note: I use a 7 quart non stick stock pot for mine.
Place the olive oil, onions, peppers, salt and pepper in pan and cook on med heat until onion softens and is slightly brown.
Stir in garlic, cajun seasoning and thyme and mix in completely. Add tomatoes and increase heat to med-high.Cook for 5 minutes (or until the tomatoes begin to break up), stirring constantly.
Stir in rice and stock. Bring to a boil the turn heat to medium. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and the liquid just about absorbed. Approx 20 to 30 minutes.
Add shrimp and kielbasa and stir. Cook until shrimp and kielbasa are warmed through, about 3 minutes.
Garnish and serve.
Enjoy! :)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

AMH Endorsed 5

Well this week I am going to do a little pre-emptive endorsement....LOL. My sweet husband, Ben, has just started a blog of his own today. He posted his first entry as I was starting this one and he already has thoughts for his next entry so please stop by often and give him feedback.
He will be sharing his passionate thoughts, insights, stories and photos from his time working with the homeless. He has a real heart for God, evangelism and those in need so it should be interesting. I'm excited for him!
So please visit
and say hello and consider clicking to follow his blog.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dawning of A New Day

LOL...that used to be me. I HATED Mondays. I hated giving up my few precious hours of personal free time just so I could go back to the hamster wheel. Of course, the company I worked for certainly didn't help things any either. It was such a toxic environment that even 5 minute bathroom breaks became precious mental vacations.When the time came and the door opened, the choice to leave that job was not a hard one. I practically skipped out to the car that last day. LOL. 
I still get tired, I still get frazzled and I still think weekends go by WAYYYYY too fast, however, now I LOVE Mondays!! They have truly become my favorite day of the week. No really...they REALLY are. There is just something about a fresh slate that has become more intoxicating to me than ever before. Somehow the sun feels warmer, the air fresher and the sky bluer (watch, tomorrow will be cloudy..LOL) on a Monday. It's the start of a whole new week and anything can happen. Yeah I have to go to work and yeah I'm going to be up early and to bed late...but there is still a freshness that I relish! The excitement of the unknown...what will the morning, the day or the week hold? It's the start of another seven day adventure! 
I think when we start to shift our thinking and instead of expecting the worst, we hope for the best...we will be amazed at what God brings our way. We must stop letting the tiny irritants define our course and instead appreciate every tiny blessing that crosses our path and let it be the wind in our sails! I love this quote,
"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "
~ Groucho Marx 

I pray you have a WONDERFUL week filled with so many little blessings that you lose count! Happy Monday morning my's going to be a great day and a wonderful week!  

Psalm 118:24 (New Living Translation)

 24 This is the day the Lord has made.
      We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Introducing: AMH Cooks !

I'm excited! The votes are in from the poll last month and the winner for the new regular feature here at AMH is for me to share a favorite weekly recipe! YEAH!! I think the hardest part is going to be deciding which one to share each week. LOL. For your convenience, I created another page tab that you can see below the blog title up above, called "AMH Cooks" and on that page I will keep a list of all the recipes shared here. Sort of a virtual cookbook.
I had a hard time deciding what recipe to share first and my OCD wanted to share an appetizer first so that my entries were in order. However, I finally decided on a cream sauce recipe for my brother in law Stephen who specifically requested it last weekend. It is very similar to the Ruth Chris Steakhouse recipe, or so I've been told. I've never personally tried their version so you will have to let me know.
Since Spring is finally here...or at least making an attempted appearance, this is really good to create a warm weather dessert.

(* Please note: I'm licensed in food prep safety so you'll occasionally see me take some steps that you may feel are not necessary for your home or personal use and that's totally ok. I'll make the text color for those steps red so you can feel free to skip them. If you are going to make something for a large group of people though, it might be wise to follow them to prevent the possibility of illness.)

Cream Sauce for Fruit

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar (divided)
10 egg yolks
1/3 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Place cream and 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan on the stove. Mix well and heat until it starts to boil. (Be careful not to boil over.)
In a stainless steel bowl, mix egg yolks (You will not need the egg whites for this recipe.), 1/2 cup of sugar and vanilla until well blended and sugar is completely dissolved. Whisk simmering cream into egg mixture.
Transfer mixture to top half of stainless steel double boiler. Cook for 8 - 12 minutes on low to medium heat, (Temperature should reach between 165 -175 degrees F, use a candy thermometer to check. ) until sauce thickens and coats the back of the spatula, stir constantly.
Use the spatula to pull the sauce away from the sides and fold it back into the center of the pan. Remove from heat. Filter through a chinoise ( to remove any small lumps) and into a Tupperware container. Place a Ziploc bag filled with ice cubes into the sauce, and put the container into an ice bath to quickly cool it. When completely cool, remove the container from the ice bath, remove the bag of ice from the container and place the covered container in the refrigerator until time to serve.

To Serve: Pour over a dish of fresh fruit. (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries or even Peaches are EXCELLENT with this!)  Add garnish (mint leaves are nice).

Variation: After the sauce has cooled, you can whip in (Be careful not to exceed ¼ cup) whiskey, brandy or rum to make a more interesting flavor.
Thanks for voting and let me know what you think! :)