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…

The Gandy Dancer’s Rice Pilaf

I have found a new rice and a delicious recipe to use it in. Parboiled rice was brought to my attention with Chef Larry’s recipe, a former chef at The Gandy Dancer. I did not quite understand what parboiled rice was so once again I searched the internet for answers to my questions. I used the article … 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

Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are so easy to cook, the work is in the preparation of all of the vegetables and meat if you use;   but all of this can be done ahead of time.   I like a wide variety of vegetables in many of my stir-fries, but if you like just broccoli, or perhaps peppers, then by all … 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

Cashew Chicken

This recipe has been a favorite Chinese dish for a long time, ever since I took one of my first cooking classes.  Stir-fries are a great dish to fix as you can use any vegetables you and your family enjoy eating.

Kitchen Gadgets – Rice Cookers

I especially use this when I make Weight Watcher’s Fried Rice or Weight Watcher’s Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas and need plain, cold rice.  There are a lot of versions out there and mine is a Zojirushi.  Measure the water and the rice and let it go; 20 minutes later and you have your rice. This kitchen gadget … Continue reading

Red Rice on the Grill

Rice is a very versatile side dish where there is a big choice in the type of grain, what you add to it and how you cook it.  This is one of the few times I use instant rice but when you are grilling it is a good choice. Here I served it with some leftover … Continue reading