Saturday, November 28, 2015

Best Rice Cooker Ever

We eat a lot of rice, and rye, and barley and other grains- and this rice cooker does it all.  I've had it for over 7 years, and it just keeps on going.  I just love it.  My sushi rice is perfect, as are the darker rices- brown, red and black, and it's a snap to clean.  My daughter had a cheap little rice cooker from Costco in her dorm, and it was fine, for what it was, but it doesn't hold a candle to this.  If you expect to use a rice cooker for many years, make the investment and get a Zojirushi.  You won't be sorry you did.  Programming is easy, and you have many options.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cheesey Ham and Egg Biscuits

Can of refrigerated biscuits
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz finely chopped uncured ham
8 eggs
8 X8 pan- teflon preferred
Line pan with biscuits- 2 rows of 3 biscuits, 1 row of two biscuits
Beat eggs, mix in cheddar and chopped ham.  Pour mixture over biscuits,  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes- depending on oven and desired doneness (we like our cheese to become slightly brown)

Easy 7 ingredient Delicious Chocolate Rice Pudding

2 Cups half and half
2 cups whole milk
1 cup washed Arborio rice
1/2 a Theo's chocolate bar  (4 squares/1.5oz) (salted dark chocolate)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Pumpkin spice
1 tsp vanilla

Put half and half, milk and rice in crockpot- cook on high for about 2 hours (until rice is soft).  Mix in all of the remaining ingredients.  Eat and enjoy!  This is such a creamy, delightfully rich pudding.  The pumpkin pie spice gives this the taste of Mexican hot cocoa (in my opinion).  Hope you like this as much as we do.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Reducing Food Waste

So this morning, as I was making tomatoes baked with eggs for my family, I was thinking- "What can I do with these tomato guts besides tossing them in soup?" (what I usually do.)  So I decided to "risotto" them!  I hollowed out 5 large tomatoes- which gave me 2 cups of loosely packed tomato- and I put that in my crockpot- didn't even bother to chop it up.  Then I added 500g of Pomi tomato sauce, 1/4 cup white wine (chardonnay), 1/4 cup olive oil,  2 tsp of oregano, 1 tsp of powdered garlic, and 2 Tbs of dried onion, and 1 cup arborio rice.  I put the crockpot on high for 2 hours.  When the rice was soft, I added 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese- it was delicious!  You will love this- and it's 2, Two, 2 meals in one!

The baked eggs: