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The Most Helpful and Delicious Jambalaya

Posted: Apr. 17th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Not only does the New Orleans restaurant Café Reconcile reportedly offer up the best jambalaya in the city, they do it while helping at risk teens earn a living and stay off the streets. If that's not reason enough to hit up this place when spending time in New Orleans, I don't know what would persuade someone to go.

Creole tradition in this city always demanded ham for dinner on Sunday, the Lord’s Day. Then on Monday, wash day, Creole matrons dropped the leftover hambones into a pot with beans, onion, pepper, celery, and spices to let it simmer all day while they did the laundry. The dish eventually became a staple of the cuisine in New Orleans, where restaurants still serve it on Mondays. It’s also an accepted local metaphor for the notion that much can be done with little. Red beans and rice means poverty.

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