Fat Tuesday Family Night FUN!

Our annual Mardi Gras dinner at home is one of our favorite meals of the year. We have an orchestra meeting and a lacrosse game tonight so we celebrated early last night!

New Orleans School of Cooking Jambalaya

Once again, I made jambalaya for our main course using the recipe we learned at the New Orleans School of Cooking. That was such an incredible experience!!

  • Oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 package smoked sausage (not andouille but kielbasa)
  • 2 c chopped onions
  • 1 c chopped celery
  • 1 c chopped bell pepper
  • 2T chopped garlic
  • 1T Kitchen Bouquet
  • 2 c long grain rice
  • 5 c chicken stock
  • 2T Joe’s Stuff seasoning blend
  • chopped green onions, garlic and parsley to garnish

Season and heat the chicken and sausage in oil. Remove from pot, leaving drippings.

Saute onions, celery, pepper and garlic in drippings until tender. Return chicken and sausage to pot. Add Kitchen Bouquet, stock and Joe’s Stuff and bring to a boil.

Add rice, stir together and return to a rapid boil. Stir again and remove from heat and cover. Let rest for 25 minutes. Remove cover and quickly turn rice from top to bottom completely. Add garnish and serve.

Manny Randazzo King Cake

For the fourth year and counting, I had a Manny Randazzo King Cake delivered. After our visit to New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2020, I was reminded just how phenomenal an authentic King Cake tastes, and my boys were crazy for them too. I knew from there on out I’d splurge on the real deal! I still remember my dear friend Brooke’s mom shipping one to the ZTA house each Fat Tuesday. I ordered the cream cheese – something you really can’t even find in Atlanta – and it was ahhhhhh-mazing!

Also, Happy Everything finally added a Mardi Gras attachment two years ago!! So excited. I snagged it from my favorite site – A Dodson’s.

Purple Green and Gold Cocktail

Honey and I enjoyed a festive happy hour before our family dinner. We’ve created a number of Mardi Gras inspired cocktails over the years, but this is our favorite. (Monogram Stir Sticks)

  • 2 oz king cake vodka
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • mint leaves to garnish, optional

Add everything to a shaker with ice. Strain into a coupe glass.

Five Crowns

We love Five Crowns – a fast paced, easy to learn card game. It was perfectly themed for our Mardi Gras family night!

Happy Mardi Gras!

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