Thursday, June 26, 2014

National Beautician's Day, Jambalaya, In the News, and Enjoy

National Beautician's Day - Today is National Beautician's Day!

Celebrated each year on June 26, it is National Beautician’s Day. Today we honor and thank all of the amazing beauticians across the United States that work diligently at their jobs and make us look and feel more beautiful (and handsome).

Beauticians are more commonly referred to as cosmetologist. Cosmetology is described as the study and application of beauty treatment. The branches of cosmetology include hair styling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures, pedicures , and electrology.

Many close relationships have been developed between clients and their beauticians.

For all of you who work in any part of the cosmetology field, THANK YOU for all that you do, and have a wonderful day!

Jambalaya - Yesterday was my birthday. Fourteen years ago, I chose June 25th as the wedding date for my marriage to Laura.

For our anniversary, I wished to provide a special meal for Laura. It seemed too impersonal to simply go somewhere nice for dinner—although we shall do that Friday evening.

I decided the best way to show Laura I was thinking of her on this special day would be by producing a special dinner for her. I decided it should be something exciting and difficult to make—something in which she would delight. Jambalaya was my choice! Laura once told me she had not enjoyed truly good jambalaya since dining at Chez Paul in New Orleans many years ago.

Knowing the jambalaya there to be known world-wide as the best jambalaya extant, I set to work with diligence and determination!

I shall not disclose all the ingredients—most particularly the spices and herbs—that I used, since I maintain my recipe in my head and keep it a closely guarded secret!

I cleaned and de-veined three dozen medium prawns.

I removed the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken and shredded it roughly.

I sliced two andouille sausages into quarter-inch sections.

I set all these aside.
I diced six Roma tomatoes. I roughly chopped 12 large cloves of garlic. I julienned two large Serrano peppers and two large Anaheim peppers. I chopped two bunches of green onions. I chopped a handful of fresh parsley.

I covered the bottom of a large pan with extra-virgin olive oil and set the burner to medium. When the oil was hot, I added the tomatoes, garlic, peppers, and green onions. I stirred and cocked the lid.

I simmered this for 10 minutes. I added 2 cups of Cal Rose rice, a cup of chicken stock, and a bottle of Hot and Spicy V-8 juice.

I added the parsley and my secret mix of Cajun spices. This simmered for 20 minutes. Laura arrived, shook her head, and said, "Great cook that you are, it's almost impossible to make good jambalaya, and I've had the best!"

I smiled.

After 20 minutes of simmering, Laura began testing the rice. She said, "WOW! I've got to say, the flavor is amazing!

I smiled.

After several testings, Laura declared the rice to be done. I asked her to add the prawns, chicken, and sausage and turn the burner to medium-low.

In 10 minutes, the jambalaya was ready to eat.

Laura declared with glee, "This is amazing! You are amazing! I've never had anything this good anywhere. It's even better than Chez Paul's jambalaya! How did you do it? How can you make the rice so perfect and all the ingredients perfect and all come together like that? And what in the world is in the seasoning/thickener mixture?

I was happy to see that I had pleased Laura!

In the News - They walk among us!

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  • New Hyundai Sedan Outsmarts Speed Cameras
  • Drone Carrying Drugs Crashes in Prison Yard
  • Couple Can't Get Fired Live-In Nanny to Leave Their Home

    Enjoy - Relax and enjoy these images and videos!