Jambalaya in the Nesco

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In the midst of the last move, I forgot to close out the old gas bill. When I called to turn on the gas in the new place, no one mentioned it, and I still didn’t think about it. Then, I get this nasty letter from the gas company saying that they are going to turn off my gas in the new place if I don’t immediately pay the old bill, and that I have to call a certain phone number when I make the payment. To make sure that the payment is properly recorded, I went to the local gas company on July 2, 2013 and paid the bill in person. Then I called the special number at about 3:30pm and got a recorded message that the gas company was open from 8:00am to 5:15pm. I figured all the lines were busy, so I waited a few minutes and called again, and still got the same recording. I figured that in the information age, the payment would be recorded and all would be well.

I was wrong. When I got home yesterday, Monday, July 8, 2013, Spane and I were hungry, so I started dinner early, at 4:30. I chopped the vegetables, cut the meat, put butter in the pan, turned the knob – and ……. nothing. No gas. I called the gas company, the special number and again was told that the office was open from 8:00am to 5:15pm, a full 45 minutes before the office was supposed to close. When calling the regular number, I got a nice woman who I kept on apologizing to because I was so mad, and she said the gas would be turned back on tomorrow, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 between 8:00am and 5:00pm, and to make sure that all pets were secure and gates open. I chuckled and said, “Humph, you didn’t seem to have any problems turning it off, did you?”

That meant that today, I don’t have gas. I have been on the phone with them, and have asked for a supervisor. I’m still waiting for a call back, but I’m not waiting anymore to make dinner. I have a small Nesco, and I’m going to make my Jambalaya in it. This is one of the reasons I have this wonderful roaster oven, so I can cook no matter what.

My recipe for Jambalaya follows, I have more recipes for foods perfect for the Nesco.

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Cinco De Mayo – Pork Loin Tacos and Microwave Mexican Rice

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So, a few weeks ago I was at the market and there was a package of Uncle Ben’s Taco rice in the Manager’s Special section. I thought, hey, why not? It might be good. I prepared it according to package directions on Tuesday. When Spane tasted it, he made a face. I tasted it, and I made a face, too. I even put Tapatio on it, and sour cream, and it still tasted like dirty, old socks. Mind you, I’ve never tasted dirty, old socks, but I imagine they probably taste like that rice – horrible. Moral of the story, don’t by Uncle Ben’s flavored rice.

After that debacle, I was determined to make good Mexican rice, but my stove, Bertha, is on the fritz. I had to find another way to make it.

I also had a pork loin roast, and I wanted to marinate it, but, it too, could not be roasted in Bertha. I had to find another way for that as well.

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Blue Ribbon for Pork Roast with Balsamic Rub

I received a Blue Ribbon for Roast Pork with Balsamic Mustard Rub!

Spane and I with the Blue Ribbon for Pork Roast with Balsamic Mustard Rub

Spane and I with the Blue Ribbon for Pork Roast with Balsamic Mustard Rub

Well, what to you know about that! Spane got the mail today, and he said I had mail, and handed me a padded package. I didn’t think it was for me, I hadn’t ordered anything.

So, I tore the envelope open, and inside was a Blue Ribbon and a certificate from Just A Pinch, where I had submitted my recipe for Pork Roast with Balsamic Mustard Rub. I was stunned, to say the least, and then I visited their site, and this is what their Test Kitchen had to say:

The seasoning in this recipe is a perfect blend. Spicy and flavorful, hearty and super satisfying… Enjoy!
Just A Pinch!

Well, thank you so much Just a Pinch, specifically Janet Tharp, the head tester, chief cook and bottle washer!

I have to highly recommend this site as not only are they hosting one of my recipes, there are literally hundreds of fabulous recipes available. This is place I bookmarked and visit often.

I have also joined a few discussion groups at Just a Pinch, and would like to visit other food bloggers who are members of Just a Pinch. I would like to share their recipes here as well, with permission, of course.

Good cooking to all!

Recipe: Pork Loin with Balsamic Mustard Rub

Ingredients

  • 1 pork loin roast
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Zatarains or other Creole mustard
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and rub this on the roast, coating it well. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least a half an hour before putting it on the grill.
  2. When putting it on the grill, put it on direct heat, and rotate to seal all the sides, about five minutes, then cook the rest of the time in indirect heat, covered until the roast reaches 165 degrees, about 20 minutes.

Variations

If you are going to be doing this indoors, then heat an iron skillet on the stove top, brown all sides of the roast, then put in the oven for the rest of time, about 20 minutes.

Culinary tradition: Creole

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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