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

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...
A Meal for Mothers’ Day: Rice and Cabbage Minestra

A Meal for Mothers’ Day: Rice and Cabbage Minestra

Mothers’ Day approaches. Fathers and children are perplexed. You would love to cook a wonder for Mom, but, let’s face it, the kitchen is her domain. Her cooking skills are better than yours, much better. Now what? Time for a history lesson. Before there was a...
Yellow Basmati Rice with Sesame Seeds

Yellow Basmati Rice with Sesame Seeds

Yes, that’s the same picture from yesterday. Now, ignore the salmon but focus on that rice, and the lovely tomato cream sauce. They are a wonderful combination. The rice has plenty of flavor but that whole experience is amplified by the sauce. With yesterday’s salmon...
Coconut Rice from Madhur Jaffrey

Coconut Rice from Madhur Jaffrey

Rice. It is staple food. Just what does that mean? In many cuisines rice is a component you expect to see on every plate, no matter what the main entrée. Particularly in Asian cuisines, rice is there — not just as a base — but as an integral part of the overall dish....