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Christmas Dinner Leftovers

'Twas the evening after Christmas 2011 and we have leftovers...dinner will be creative!

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'Twas the evening after Christmas 2011 and we have leftovers...dinner will be creative!

ChiliDude | Dec 26, 2011 12:04 PM

We have some leftover cooked and peeled shrimp. My wife worked hard preparing Christmas dinner, and now it's my turn to do something with some of the leftovers.

It will be some form of jambalaya without the jamba. There's no leftover chicken or sausage, so shrimp will be the protein. There are just 2 of us since we've had an empty nest for about 2 decades. I cook most often without measurements.

The ingredient list includes aromatics for a soffritto (Italian spelling) of onion, celery, minced garlic and green pepper sauteed in olive oil, about a cup of long grain rice, an appropriate amount of liquid, a small amount of ground cayenne (my wife does not tolerate capsaicin well), about a tablespoon of paprika, and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce (the one made with tamarind and anchovies, not soy sauce). The shrimp will be added after the rice is cooked because the shrimp is already cooked.

If anyone is curious about how this concoction turns out, send a post. Otherwise I will not bore you with the results. My wife will have comment because she always does. Her favorite comment about my cooking is "If you create something that I like, I know that I will never get it again." That's because I like to play with my food since I belong to the "What if...?" school of cooking specializing in "cuisine impromptu."

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