"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Louisiana (Dirty Rice)

This week in our study of South Central states is Louisiana. The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge. Did you know that in 1803 the French sold the entire Louisiana Territory to the U.S. for fifteen million dollars? It was called the "Louisiana Purchase". Early in Louisiana there was a blending of foods from Spanish, English, and French foods. We know them today as the Cajun (creole) cuisine. Here's a recipe we tried:


Louisiana Dirty Rice
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 cups white rice, cooked
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onion tops, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:

Sauté celery, onion and green pepper in large frying pan. Add ground beef and brown lightly. Add the cooked rice, parsley, green onion tops, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and serve. I also added some paprika to bring the color to the dirty rice.
I would have had a picture of this to show you but I didn't remember it until we had eaten it up. Sorry...It's been a busy week and I've had lots of things keeping me busy. If you are from Louisiana feel free to share a recipe with us to try. I'll be back next week to tell you about the next state in our study of the South Central States.

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