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Crab Meuniere Topping

This week at NEB, join me for a series of fun recipes, a giveaway, and a great Photo Friday. I’m taking a one-week blogging break as I enjoy the week with my family. You’ll see me back next week with some great stories, pictures, and bentos. Be the bento everyone! Previously on Not Exactly Bento, [...]

Recipe: Mini Meat Pies

Meat Pie Cross Section

There is a town up north from me known for a culinary speciliaty in Louisiana: Natchitoches meat pies.  It’s related to an empanada in its construction, but has the flavors of Louisiana instead.  It’s a deceptively simple little treat: browned and seasoned ground meat in a flaky pie crust exterior.  The deception is in the [...]

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Bowl of Gumbo

Gumbo is a staple of the Louisiana culinary scene. And one that I don’t eat too often, or at least not in my youthful past. Until now.

Recipe: Sausage Jambalaya

Sausage Jambalaya is without a doubt one of the top comfort foods of my childhood and now my adult life. It’s something my mom made because it was quick, easy, and simple. I enjoy it for those same reasons. It can be a bit of a poor man’s dinner too. Rice, a few spices, and [...]

Recipe: Jambalaya

For an updated version of this recipe with pictures, see my Sausage Jambalaya post. Kim suggested I share my mother’s Jamabalaya recipe. So here it is… Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups of rice 2 cups of water 1/2 lb of sausage, chicken, or pork 1 onion, diced 1/2 bell pepper, dice this too 1 teaspoon of [...]