My Simple Cajun Jambalaya Recipe

If you know me, then you would know that I like to cook a bit. I don’t do much cooking inside on the stove, I’m mostly an outside grill master. Or a master of the fish fryer. But when I do stay inside and cook something up, it’s usually pretty good.

I’d like to introduce to you the Copeland Cajun Jambalaya!

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 ounces kielbasa, diced
  • 6-8 jumbo raw shrimp cut in half
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups uncooked white long-grain rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 can Rotel with green chilis
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Saute chicken and kielbasa until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in onion, bell pepper and garlic.
  4. Season with cayenne, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Cook 5 minutes, or until onion is tender and translucent.
  6. Add rice, then stir in chicken broth, Rotel and bay leaves.
  7. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  8. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce.

Serves 6.

Here are some photos so you can better see how everything is prepared.

jambalaya with sausage chicken and shrimp

jambalaya-in-pot

best jambalaya recipe in the south

Let me know how it turns out!

Copeland’s Lobster And Shrimp Boil Recipe

One of my favorite genres of food is seafood. I’m a big shrimp lover and there’s isn’t anything better than good ole boiled shrimp that’s ready to peel. This weekend I got my pot out, bought some shrimp and lobster and had a good ole southern seafood feast. Here’s my recipe for a southern shrimp and lobster boil:

lobster-in-sink

I use a 30 quart pot and fill it about 2/3 full of water depending on how much I’m cooking.

Ingredients
1/2 Cup Old Bay seasoning
2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon pepper
8-10 new red potatoes
1 large onion quartered
1 garlic clove
8-10 corn cobs
5 halved lemons
5 halved limes
5 pounds of raw shrimp (about 30-35 shrimp)

Add your potatoes, onions, garlic and cook about 8-10 minutes on high heat. Add your lobster and corn on the cob and cook another 8-10 minutes. Add your shrimp and cook about 4 or 5 minutes.

Your lobster should turn a bright reddish color and your shrimp will turn a light pink.

lobster-cooking-in-pot

If you need to take one lobster out to see if it’s done, the claws should easily twist and pull off. You can also remove the tail and the green mushy stuff is part of the excrements from the liver. It should be bright green, not darkish green. The other red stuff lining the tail in the females should be a bright red/orangish color.

lobster-shrimp-spread

Drain your liquid and pour all contents on large platter. You can sprinkle some extra Old Bay seasoning on the platter if desired. Enjoy =)

Where’s Obama And Sharpton After Three Boys Beat Up A 13 year old?

The headline says it all? Where’s Jesse Jackson? Where’s Al Sharpton? Obama had the time to make a statement about if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. Where are his remarks in this case? The trouble went in the wrong direction to the opposite race for them to even make a comment. If this had been a black child being beaten by three white boys, this would be all front and center of attention. They would be screaming about how unfair it is and that they deserve justice.


My Latest EEG at Vanderbilt Medical Center

This would be my 3rd EEG in two years. We are still trying to get my simple partials under control.

Having an EEG is not a lot of fun. You are tied down with about 20 electrodes attached to your head. They are small metal wires that glue to your scalp.

During the 3-5 day process, you are monitored 24/7 with video and audio for the doctors to record a seizure. The first time, I had no seizures. The second and third time, I had multiple.

Once you’re done with your EEG, it takes about 3-5 days to get the marker and glue outta your hair.

1987 Boaterhome

1987 boaterhome - rv motorhome on water

Working for the RV and Camping industry, it’s very interesting when you see videos like this circulate around the Internet. This Boat/Motorhome combo isn’t anything new. It’s been around since 1987 and it’s called a Sport King Boaterhome. A very weird name for a product, but it does make sense.

A 1987 Ford 1 ton van on a custom chassis carrying a 28 foot V-hull boat. This looks like something straight out of the 80s and according to sources online, there were only 21 of the oddly shaped vehicles built.

boaterhome in water

Can you imagine the turn of heads while launching this thing at the ramp?

Acquisition Of FeaturedUsers.com By Izea

It was only August 2012 when I acquired the business FeaturedUsers.com – the first ad serving platform for Twitter profiles. Now, only three months later, it’s gone.

Today it is officially known that  social media marketing company Izea has acquired FeaturedUsers.com from myself in a cash+stock option agreement. We have been in negotiations on the deal for the past 30 days and it finally came to an end today. It has been a great pleasure working with CEO Ted Murphy and his team during the transfer. I hope to be able to stop by and see them face to face next time I’m in Orlando.

I honestly hate to see the site go. It had so much potential for more growth if the time and effort was put into it. Ted and his team should have no problem growing the site. Their portfolio already includes sites such as PayPerPost and SocialSpark, so Featured Users fits right in.

Seizures Suck

I just wanted to write a post and give everyone an update on my seizures. A lot of my friends, family and co-workers don’t really know the full story about what’s really going on. Most of them think I had one Grand Mal Seizure and now I’m ok. In reality, I’ve been struggling everyday since then.

Since September 2011, I have tried 7 different medications to try and control my seizures. My Tegretol controls my brain from have more Grand Mal seizures, but we still cannot get the partials under control. Nearly every night for the past month or more, I have been having nocturnal seizures. Recently, I haven’t been having as many during the daytime, until yesterday I had 3. It has a lot to do with being stressed out about many things.

Two weeks ago, I went to the Norton Brownsboro Epilepsy Monitoring Unit to try and capture these seizures in my sleep. This is the second time we have tried to capture a seizure; the first time being unsuccessful. We were successful this time and saw exactly where they were coming from. During the stay you have 34 electrodes hooked up to your brain and about 7 more to your chest and stomach. I also got an MRI which came back normal and we talked to my doctor about our future plans.

My doctor gave us three options. The first was to try more medication. Every time I try to take an add on medicine with my Tegretol, I start getting blurry and double vision. It keeps me from doing anything for about 4 hours. The second option is an implant called a VNS. It’s a small battery powered box much like a pacemaker that they impant in your upper left chest and attach it to the nerve in your neck. The other option is to have brain surgery and remove the portion of my brain that’s causing the seizures.

So if you can imagine, going through seizures and fighting them daily, it gets very frustrating. But you have to keep going and take it one day at a time.

As far as which route I’m going to take…I’m really not sure yet, but I need to decide something soon because it’s not getting any better.

Update 8/8/12: I have been taking Klonopin for awhile now as needed but we’re going to test it regularly at bedtime to see of it helps.