Mexican Rice with Tomatoes and Jalapenos

This tomato-based red rice is a popular side to serve with many Mexican dishes. It’s very easy to make ahead and reheat when you need to serve it. Linking to Angie @ Fiesta Friday#221 and Jenny @ Dragonfly Home Recipes. Served with Spicy Mexican Refried Beans and Chicken Chimichangas – Baked…

Mujadara with Crispy Onions

I do love my cookbooks and I especially enjoy ones by authors who live in the state of Michigan. Just like I support the local farmers and buy their produce at the market I also support other “made in Michigan” products  from my Great Lake State. Rosewater and Orange Blossom cookbook certainly has a special … Continue reading

Cauliflower Rice

I know, another cauliflower rice recipe, but it is something I have been wanting to make as a substitute for all  of the basmati rice I eat – I love my stir-fries. I also love cauliflower cooked many different ways and was willing to try this version of “rice”. Of course cauliflower is lower in … Continue reading

Thai Chicken with Rice and Vegetables on the Grill

Back in late June  I picked my first jalapeno peppers from one of the three raised cedar vegetable beds (each is 3 x 6-feet) I  had installed earlier this summer.  I use to have a 40′ x 120′ garden (plus the corn/pumpkin patch) when we lived in the country.  Some old pictures… Travis and Bethany                                            Watering my garden … Continue reading

Cajun (Dirty) Rice Two Ways

The traditional name for this rice is “dirty rice” or “rice dressing” in certain areas of the South.  Since I do not add the “dirty” part (chicken livers or giblets), I felt “Cajun Rice” was more appropriate.   I do like rice and enjoy cooking it various ways and with different ingredients.  This is a new … Continue reading

Kitchen Gadgets – Breville The Risotto Plus

I have had an electric rice cooker for a long time, Kitchen Gadgets – Rice Cookers, but it only cooked white and brown rice.  This new device by Breville makes delicious risotto using arborio rice.  In addition it cooks all kinds of rice such as white, brown, wild rice and sushi; makes quinoa and can also be used … Continue reading

Savory Orzo

This pasta dish has some really great flavors with an Italian twist.  Bacon, cheese and pine nuts made this a favorite side dish of my husband.  He especially liked the toasted pine nuts and not so much bacon.

Quinoa Pilaf Three Ways

There are lots of good ways to cook this whole grain which is light, tasty and easy to digest.  Actually it is a seed of a leafy plant related to spinach.  Quinoa (keen-wah)  is quick and easy to prepare; contains more protein than any grain and includes all 8 amino acids. A white spiral forms around it when it … Continue reading

Rice Pilaf

I am a big fan of white rice.  I have tried brown rice a number of times and so far do not care for the ‘nutty’ taste.  I know it is healthier, so I will keep trying.  For now though, this is the rice I frequently fix for my stir-fries.  This recipe came from a … Continue reading