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Easy Mexican-style Rice. Whenever I am making a more complete Mexican-style meal, I like to include Mexican rice.

Easy Mexican-style Rice

I choose to keep the rice simple because I like it to compliment the meal rather than competing for attention. It’s nice to have a taste break from spicier dishes. Generally I use long grain white rice, onion, garlic, salt, chicken broth, and a tomato product–this time I used tomato paste; although I have used tomatoes in the past. Depending on my mood, I may add any combination of other ingredients: a little chili powder, cumin, or cilantro. All of these are added “to taste”. An important step in making Mexican rice is to brown the raw rice kernels in oil or melted lard. Washing the rice prior to cooking will keep the rice from being sticky. Ingredients Instructions In a skillet, heat oil or lard over medium heat. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or lard in a skillet or pot that has a lid. Roasted Red Pepper Penne. I promise that I am showing you the 4th post (in a row) full of red food with good reason.

Roasted Red Pepper Penne

As a self-proclaimed tomato sauce hater, I’ve just about had enough. Enough tomatoes, enough sauce, enough chili… enough enough enough. Zucchini Fritters. Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes. “Scalloped” is an attractive word, isn’t it?

Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes

When I hear it I think of several things: first, there’s scallops, as in the seafood—totally delicious. Then there’s the scalloped shape that can live on the edge of a pair of shorts or on the collar of a woman’s blouse—always pretty and dainty. And of course scalloped potatoes also comes to mind, which carries my imagination to a land of crispy potato skins drenched in a sea of cheese and cream. The Hazel Bloom: The Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Ever. Classic Extra-Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese with Crunchy Crumb Topping. Recipe from Simple Comforts by Sur La Table (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2010) Serves 4 to 6 Hurray for real mac and cheese. It's crazy to eat the stuff from the box when the real deal is so easy to make and so totally superior.

Do use a cheese with some character, however, or the bland noodles will dominate. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour2½ cups whole or 2% milkCoarse salt¼ teaspoon dry mustard (optional)1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper3 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese½ cup grated Parmesan cheese1 pound elbow macaroni1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs. Zucchini Sticks -DK. French Fries: The No-Guilt Version.

There’s nothing like a french fried potato.

French Fries: The No-Guilt Version

The taste, the texture, the dip-ability; it’s probably one of my favorite go-to comfort foods. However, I don’t need the fat of an actual deep fried potato, and I certainly do not favor processed french fries that come from the frozen food section of the grocery store. Enter: Healthy French Fries* Step 1: Peel your ‘taters. This isn’t necessary, though, but if you decide you want the skin on make sure you scrub-wash them first. Step 2: Cut them into strips. Step 3: Place potatoes in colander and rinse the starch off of them. Step 4: Pat down the potatoes. Step 5: Drizzle Olive Oil over potatoes. Pumpkin Pie Bites.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins Recipe. When I’m online looking for dinner inspiration, I often search for recipes that take something my family loves and make it into something new. Since pizza is one of my family’s favorite treat, I try to find new ways to incorporate it into our menu – kinda like I did with the Fried Pizza Bites. When I stumbled onto a recipe from the Noble Pig, I knew I had to try it out on my family! They absolutely loved it! The recipe was simple, only required a few ingredients and didn’t take long at all to prepare! Remember, I like to keep things simple and fast in the kitchen, and this recipe is definitely both!

Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread. I once made the driest pancake in the world.

Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread

I can see you sitting at home, staring at your computer screen, and scoffing at my bold statement. Driest pancake in the world? Yeah, right. How would you even know? But this is the truth, my friends. Let me share my story with you. A few years back, I made chocolate chip pancakes. Quickly flash to the next morning. Pizza Braid. A pizza braid is very kid-friendly, easy on the wallet and extremely simple to make.

Pizza Braid

My aunt and cousin first introduced me to them and I’ve been hooked ever since. The possibilities are endless of the varieties you could make (check out the Apple Dessert Braid!) , but the recipe below is for a very basic hamburger and pepperoni braid. Buffalo Chicken Rolls. I’m thinking we’re very comfortable together at this point, me and you.

Buffalo Chicken Rolls

You and me. Baked Egg Boat recipe. Breakfast is my favorite meal.

Baked Egg Boat recipe

I like to drink iced coffee and watch the cream climb its way down the chunky ice cubes in a dazy before the caffeine hits.