6 Tips for Making Perfect Rice

Tips for making perfect fluffy rice

Six tips for making perfect rice every time. If you're looking for the perfect recipe that will give you fluffy rice every time, this post is for you. First, so I don't offend anyone - it's not that I don't like sticky rice. It has its place. The Chinese dim sum dish Lotus Leaf Wraps (Lo Mai Gai) and Filipino Sticky Rice Logs (Suman sa Ibus) come to mind. But my preference, I confess, is for the drier pilafs that sift through my fingers with ease. The cardamom scented Biryani at my ...

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Vegetable / Chicken and Rice Peasant Soup

cooking for a crowd, kid-friendly, comfort food, vegetable, chicken and rice peasant soup

Comforting soup packed with vegetables, rice, and (optional) chicken. When I get knocked around a little by life, I head to the kitchen to make soup or to bake. I'm convinced that soup, cookies, and cake are the original comfort foods, not just as hugs from my own childhood, but from all the generations of women in my family that cooked in kitchens before me. I made this soup last week for a ...

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Quinoa Potato Cakes & Mustard-Yogurt Sauce

Quinoa Potato Cakes Florentine in a skillet

Veggie burger of quinoa, potatoes, pumpkin seed meal and spinach, topped with a mustard-yogurt sauce. A couple of days ago, I posted about the newest addition to my evolving pantry - pumpkin seed meal; and promised to post this recipe that uses it in place of traditional wheat-based breadcrumbs. Making this simple change is such an easy way to make something just a little healthier, and natural. A baby step, so to ...

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Moroccan Orange Salad with Quinoa

Orange Moroccan Salad with Arugula and Quinoa

Moroccan salad of oranges and kalamata olives dressed in a spicy vinaigrette. Add peppery arugula and quinoa for a vegetarian main dish. The topic for this month's Bloghop is Citrus, which is a perfect theme for this time of year for two big reasons. First, because I'm ready for lots of fruits and veggies after the holidays. I should add, that doesn't mean I won't be posting some citrus desserts this month, just that I'm not starting with ...

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Crack Granola

Crack Granola : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Addictive granola loaded with pumpkin seeds, flax meal, and dried fruit. I have struggled for years to find a nut-free granola that I like. Both my husband and I suffer nut allergies, and as a friend once volunteered: it kind of takes the fun out of it if you need to have an epi pen nearby. Aaah… yeah. But oddly, I hadn't really thought to make my own. And God alone knows why, when I make my own ...

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