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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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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 Rome, Central and Northern Italy had a wonderful civilization…

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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 and this rice, you have a magnificent meal! Yellow Basmati…

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