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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Red Beans & Rice With Ham Hocks & Kielbas

beans, pork, sausage, cajun

1 lb red kidney beans
1 water
6 ham hock
14 cup water
2 1/2 cup celery
2 cup onion
2 cup green bell pepper
5 each bay leaf
2 teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon tabasco sauce
1 lb kielbasa

Cover the beans with water 2 inches above the beans. Let stand overnight. Drain before using. Place the ham hocks, 10 cups of water, the celery, onions and bell pepper, bay leaves and seasoning in a 5 1/2 qt saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 hour. Remove the ham hocks and set aside. Add drained beans and 4 cups of water to the pan: bring to a boil reduce the heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in kielbas aand simmer until the beans start to break up 30 min to 1 1/2 hour: scrape bottom of the pan often. Add ham hocks , stir, cook 10 minutes more. If the bean start to stick remove from pan without scraping the bottom of the pan. To serve, mound 3/4 cup of rice, place ham hock on one end, cover and surround with beans and kielbasa. Walt Original