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Kosheri [Rice and Lentils] from Ottolenghi

  “Oh, lentils,” Suzen said. For her “lentils” is shorthand for “I’m making this no matter what you think.” “It has rice,” she added. She’d seen the look on my face. Okay, compromise. I find straight lentils a bit tough to swallow. It’s just an overwhelming taste — and pasty feel — in my mouth.…

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Drunken Red Beans with New Mexican Rice

Yes, the picture above is the same as yesterday. That post was for the turkey medallions on the right, recipe circa 1988. The beans and rice on the top and left are, on the other hand, much more recent recipes: 1991! If you have never seen Rice: The Amazing Grain by Marie Simmons then you…

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Cilantro, Raisin and Almond Rice [Not my Grandmother's]

  Have you ever done something that seemed strange, maybe wrong, but you did not know why and you just did it anyway? I really never thought about it growing up. My grandmother did it, taught me, and always seemed naturally comfortable doing it. It was one of my earliest food memories. I knew, of…

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Poblano Rice Gratin from Fresh Mexico by Marcela Valladolid

Do you ever manipulate your spouse? I mean just plain set them up on the path you want them to follow. Can you do it without guilt? I don’t want to think of myself as having crossed over to The Dark Side, but I’m rather accomplished at steering Suzen now. “What’s that? ANOTHER Mexican cook…

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