Jambalaya

I grew up in Louisiana.  This means red beans and rice was served once a week in the school cafeteria.  I can no longer eat any food without spice or seasoning.  This also means my favorite flavor is spicy, hot, burn your mouth good.  I am no longer effected by certain spices, which results in people drinking lots of water/milk when they come over.   Maybe a few tears are seen on occasion…
This is one of those dishes that can be really spicy.  It is also my go-to recipe for jambalaya.  It is great for feeding a crowd.  
Jambalaya
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
chicken (1-2 breasts), chopped
1 pkg of sausage (spicy or not), chopped
1 can of diced tomatoes (24 oz)
1 cup of chicken broth
~1 tsp oregano
~1 tsp thyme
2-3 bay leaves (I forget to add this sometimes, it is ok)
~2 T of cajun seasoning 
~1 tsp of hot sauce (leave this out if you don’t like spicy food)  
*sometimes I add a little cayenne pepper too
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 3-5 hours.  Top with shrimp to serve (optional).  Serve over rice.
*this can also be made on the stove if you have less time, or if you are making a smaller proportion.  Just saute the vegetables until softened, then heat everything over medium heat for about 20 minutes (while your rice is cooking).
*you can use any combination of sausage, chicken and shrimp or just one or the other
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