Tonight we ate jambalaya and watched "Kill Bill: Vol. 1." Yes, the violence was thoroughly over the top and cartoonish (there were even anime cartoon sequences with tons of gore), but perhaps it would have been better to eat something a little blander while watching. Anyhow, Vol. 2 was a bazillion times better and can easily stand on its own. I also wish the last line of Vol. 1 hadn't been in the script—I of course didn't know it when I saw Vol. 2 a few weeks ago, and it was just as well. I don't want to spoil it; those of you who've seen these movies know what I'm talking about.
3 1/4 cups chopped tomato (I used a 28-oz. can and a 16-oz. can of diced tomatoes, drained)
3/4 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices celery (about 3 stalks)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
3/4 lb. andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/4 cups uncooked long-grain brown rice
1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Combine the first 12 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Stir in rice; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until rice is tender. Add shrimp; cook 3 minutes or until shrimp are done.