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How to make rice?

Since I have had my son (yes, I have a 2-year-old super active and naughty toddler running around my house) I have decided to learn cooking. I had to start at some point. So why not now. Today. Actually it was 2 years ago.

One of the first things I learned was – how do I make rice without having to spend any money on a rice cooker? Or without having a big blob of rice on my hands? I seriously do not like that. Rice is not supposed to be eaten like a big blob. In my opinion, each grain of rice should be cooked and not be stuck to its friend.

My grand ma who has been cooking since we was 8 years old (and today she is 95!!!) taught me this. At first she was shocked that I did not know how to make this but got over it fairly fast. She loves her grand kids but she knows better than to expect us to know or do any household chores. Yeah we were all raised like that – 5 rug rats she witnessed getting old.

Ok, so the recipe.

I know.

You will need:
– 2 cups of rice
– 6 cups of water
– Lemon juice – 3 -4 drops

Method:
– Soak the rice in 2 cups of water and keep aside for about 10 minutes.
– Put the remaining 4 cups of water in a big pot and set it to boil. [Handy tip – cover this pot with a lid. The water will boil faster and you will save some energy]
– Once boiling, add the soaked rice to it. Let the rice come to a boil. Stir occasionally.
– As soon as the rice starts boiling, add some lemon juice to it. Stir occasionally.
– Cook for another few minutes. Using a spoon, take some rice out on a plate and try to squish it with your finger. If you are able to do that without resistance, rice has been cooked. Warning – water and rice are both very hot at this point.
– Use a colander and strain the water out of the rice. I usually put this colander under running cold water (it stops the rice from cooking any further).

Use rice as needed. Enjoy!

 

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Salsa

It feels like a salsa day today. Not the dance. Oh I wish. Chips and salsa. Yummy! I could eat chips and good salsa everyday for breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snacks. No I don’t do midnight snacks. Do you?

This is by far the BEST salsa recipe I have found. I have made a bunch of times and everytime I get asked for the recipe. Add to it, that its very very very very simple to make. So here is the recipe:

The Best Salsa recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • ¼ cups Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • ¼ teaspoons Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • ½ cups Cilantro (more To Taste!)
  • ½ whole Lime Juice

Preparation Instructions

Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.

Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips or cheese nachos.

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I am absolutely dying to try this recipe. It looks wonderful and simple. I am all about simple and easy. Plus it looks like it involves very little cleaning. I found this recipe as I was “surfing” the web and found shutterbean this morning. Must say very impressed with both the site and this recipe in particular.

So here is the recipe…

Apricot Pistachio Granola

Makes about 9 cups

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raw pistachios, hulled
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup coconut chips
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots

Preheat oven to 300F. In a large bowl, mix the oats, pistachios, walnuts, coconut, maple syrup olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom together until well combined. Spread the granola mixture onto a very large baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, making sure to stir the granola every 10 minutes. The granola is done when the mixture is golden brown. Add the chopped apricots and toss well. You’ve got some tasty granola now!

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