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Jambalaya (jom-buh-lie-yuh) is a Creole dish. Creole people and languages are of Spanish and French descent. Jambalaya is a popular meal down in Louisiana where there are a lot of Creole people and people who love Creole food.
It consists of sausage and other meats, including chicken, pork, or seafood, particularly shrimp or crayfish. Added to this is a sofrito mixture, which is vegetables, generally onions, celery, and green bell peppers, sauteed in oil. Once the meat and vegetables are done, they are added to a stock or broth, along with rice and spicy spices and cooked until the rice is done. Jambalaya is wonderful, warming, and spicy and great with a sweet cornbread.
The Atakapa tribe revealed the name comes from "Sham, pal ha! Ya!" which means "Be full, not skinny! Eat Up!"
Acerbic (uh-sir-bick) is a word used to describe words that are sharp, sour, or bitter. It also describes foods that are sharp, sour, or bitter.
That means if you bit into a nasty piece of sharp cheddar, a sour lemon, or a bitter radish, you might yell out a sharp, sour, or bitter remark, like, "Yuck! I've got something sharp, sour, or bitter in my mouth!" Or, you could just say, "This thing in my mouth is acerbic!" and spit it out.
f you were to put your arms around someone who just lost their pet, in order to give them comfort, you would be trying to ameliorate (uh-meal-ee-or-ate) their pain.
To ameliorate is to comfort, ease, lessen, or take away something bad to make someone feel better.
A good massage therapist can ameliorate sore muscles.
A nice meal can ameliorate hunger.
A good friend can ameliorate loneliness.
A sincere apology can ameliorate hurt feelings.
This sweet sister is ameliorating her brother's thirst by sharing her water.
No, marzipan (mar-zi-pan) is not cookware from a nearby planet. It is a yummy treat that is made from ground almonds (almond meal) and sugar or honey. It comes in a loaf or roll, generally, and is used to create fun shapes like fruits and flowers much like you would make with clay or play dough. It can be dyed with food coloring. It is also used as filling for cookies, candies, and pastries. Quite delicious and fun to say.
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."