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Easy Dirty Rice

Easy Dirty Rice

Have you ever finished something and felt surprised you were done? That is how I felt today now that my first year of law school is completed. The last eight months in law school have been very different music school–and rewarding!

I rarely use mixes but I wanted to celebrate in a simple way with an adaptation of Zatarain’s® New Orleans Style Dirty Rice Mix. It is fitting for a jazz singer who finished finals today to remember “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans” sung and played by Louis Armstrong and mix up a batch of tasty dirty rice!

Easy Dirty Rice



  1. Drain off excess grease on the sausage. Put sausage in a large sauce pan.
  2. Add Zatarain’s® envelope of Dirty Rice mix.
  3. Add water. Stir together.
  4. Over medium heat, bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and cover sauce pan.
  6. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender but not mushy.


Note: If you want to dilute the saltiness and hot seasoning of the mix, after stirring all ingredients together, pour off 1 cup of juices and replace with 1 cup of cold water.


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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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