Weather was kind of cool today...wanted some jambalaya. Here is the recipe I used. Should have browned the chicken a little more, but the taste was awesome. 3 pounds cubed chicken 2 pounds sliced smoked sausage 1/4 cup Crisco or bacon drippings 2 cups chopped onions 2 cups chopped celery 1 cup chopped bell pepper ½ cup diced garlic 8 cups beef or chicken stock 2 cups sliced mushrooms 1 cup sliced green onions ½ cup chopped parsley salt and cayenne pepper Louisiana Gold Pepper Sauce 5 cups Uncle Ben's Long Grain Rice, uncooked METHOD: In a seven quart cast iron dutch oven, heat Crisco or bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Sauté cubed chicken until dark brown on all sides and some pieces are sticking to the bottom of the pot, approximately thirty minutes. This is very important as the brown color of jambalaya is derived from the color of the meat. Add smoked sausage and stir fry an additional ten to fifteen minutes. Tilt the pot to one side and ladle out all oil, except for one large cooking spoon. Add onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Continue cooking until all vegetables are well caramelized, however, be very careful as vegetables will tend to scorch since the pot is so hot. Add stock, bring to a rolling boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook all ingredients in stock approximately fifteen minutes for flavors to develop. Add mushrooms, green onions and parsley. Season to taste using salt, pepper and Louisiana Gold. I suggest that you slightly over-season since the rice tends to require a little extra seasoning. Add rice, reduce heat to very low, cover and cook thirty to forty-five minutes, stirring at fifteen minute intervals. Do not uncover except to stir.