I'm a cookbook tester for Dynise's upcoming cookbook but have not made a damn thing yet, despite a whole lot of delicious looking recipes. Sometimes I'm just too lazy to actually go buy what I need for a recipe and give up on making it. Is that ridiculous? It is. Especially for someone who has as many cookbooks as I do.
Anyway, I just stuck it out and made her jambalaya. I'm really glad I did. This stuff is hearty and smoky; perfect to have around for the next few days (hello 8-12 more inches of snow). Despite having visited NOLA once about 6 years ago, I was already vegetarian and have never had authentic jambalaya. My brother, however, has lived in the South for the last five years and I'd love to hear what he has to say about this dish. With both vegan bacon and sausage, it's not something I'd usually make but it seems pretty omni friendly. The spice mix was very spicy and very good. I love it when I actually use my spices, which usually muster away in their box.
Has anyone ever had the real thing, or any vegan version of jambalaya? What did you think? Any recommendations on what kind of vegetable I can serve this with? As good as it is, I'm a girl who likes my greens...
Speaking of following recipes, I've also signed up for Lindsay's ingenious Cookbook Club! The first book we'll be cooking from is Veganomicon, so in the next month, I'll be making four or so recipes from that book as well. I have acutally USED this cookbook, but I'm excited to try out some more stuff. Both testing for Dynise and critiquing via Lindsay's guidelines and questions is really helpful and fun. It brings out the editor in me. Things are about to get fancy. And tasty.