It is thought that the word "jambalaya" comes from the French word "jambon" mean "ham," the French words "a la," meaning "with" or "in the manner of," and the African word "ya," meaning "rice." Put the words together and they mean "ham with rice." The dish is a takeoff from the Spanish paella and is also amazingly similar to the West African dish called jollof rice. Jambalaya is a one-pot dish - most cooks prefer to cook it in cast-iron pots. Ours are cooked in steam kettles and the rice is folded .. and made by real Cajuns in So. Louisiana .. Enjoy .. Each order contains 2 lbs and will serve 4-6 people depending on the portion size.