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Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Rice:  A dish of many flavors.

Rice is a stable grain used all over the world.  This is one grain used in soups, salads, entrees, desserts in multiple cuisines. There are 8,000 varieties.  The more common varieties we see in our stores are Arborio, a round grain used in the Italian dish, risotto.  Basmatic rice is an aromatic nutlike fragrance and light texture.  Sweet Rice is very sticky to make sushi and Jasmine is a soft textured rice.  More common in U.S. groceries are the long grain, medium grain, brown rice and wild rice. 

Brown Rice

Raw Brown Rice, 1 cup

Raw Brown Rice, 1 cup

Brown rice has the most benefits. It has abundant amounts of fiber, complex carbohydrates, essential B vitamins, manganese and selenium . There are several layers to a grain of rice, the hull, the outermost layer and  inedible is removed to get brown rice.  White rice is milled and and polished which removes the bran and germ removing important layers of nutrients. Polished white rice must be “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3 and iron which are destroyed in the processing.

Cooked Brown Rice

Cooked Brown Rice, 2 cups

Health Benefits of Brown Rice

It is recommended to include in your diet a serving of whole grains, such as brown rice, 6 days per week to get the most benefits from grains.
<  Manganese , provides antioxidant protection , helps in energy production, and lowers type 2       Diabetes Risk.
<  Those  eating fiber-rich food of whole grains gained less weight than  when eating refined             grains.
< Cholesterol is lowered by the oil in whole brown rice.
<  Nutrients in whole grain protect again heart disease.

Put Rice in your Menu

After the big discussion on brown rice, I have to admit I frequently use long grain rice.  Last week in my blog, I talked about the Creamy Rice Pudding that I had made to go with the Chicken Schnitzel and Roasted Mixed Vegetables.  I used white long grain rice.

Cooking the Rice and Milk

Cooking the Rice and Milk

The  Creamy Rice Pudding recipe I used is a favorite of the family.  I have adapted it from Chef Ron Lock‘s recipe.  I made changes in the milk I used, I used vanilla soy milk and evaporated milk and added the toasted sliced almonds.

Cooking Rice Pudding

Cooking Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding
 
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A delicious creamy pudding of rice, raisins, cinnamon and almonds breakfast or dessert for lunch or dinner.
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Recipe type: Creamy Rice Pudding
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • ½ cup evaporated milk diluted with ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ⅔ cups raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • toasted sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Boil 1½ cups water to boiling in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the uncooked rice.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, do not let rice get to dry and stick.
  4. In another medium sauce pan, combine the cooked rice, 1½ cups milk, sugar and salt.
  5. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  6. Add the remaining ½ cup milk, beaten egg and raisins.
  7. Cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
  9. Top with cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted almonds.
Notes
This recipe is adapted from Chef Ron Lock. https://www.facebook.com/TheChef RonLock/.....................................................................................................Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery®
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Here are ideas for other rice recipes to try.

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl   

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Bell Peppers Stuffed with with Beans and Rice

Red Bell Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beans and Rice

Red Bell Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beans and Rice

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce served over Rice

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Cranberry Orange Salad

Thank you for the  Cranberry

Fresh Cranberry Orange Salad

Fresh Cranberry Orange Salad

 The fresh glossy tart red berries of winter celebrations are here in abundance as Thanksgiving and winter holidays begin. Cranberries are at their peak from October through December.  Although available all year in juices, canned, dried and frozen cranberries, there is something more festive and delicious to use the fresh cranberry.  Bags of fresh cranberries are readily available to freeze and have during the year. 

Nutritional Benefits

The cranberry belongs to the same genus as the blueberry and a good source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound.  Cranberry juice is known for the healing power of prevention and treating urinary tract infections.  The cranberry antioxidant provides important anti-inflammatory benefits to the cardiovascular system, digestive tract and protection against breast, colon, prostate cancers. 

The maximum nutrients and taste of cranberries are retained best when used  fresh and not prepared in a cooked recipes.  When frozen they can be chopped in a blender for fresh cranberry salads, or unfrozen tossed in salads or added to a favorite fruit juice.  Dried sweetened cranberries provide another source of the nutritional benefits to add to cereals, salads, rice, breads, cakes and brownies or a serving size of 1/3 cup to eat by the handful.

Cranberry Cooking

o   Combine cranberries with apples, oranges and  pineapple pecans and sweeten with honey or fruit juice for a salad.  o   Red gelatin combined with  whole cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple, chopped apple and  chopped walnuts makes an attractive salad for the holiday table.                                                                                                                                            o   Cooked sweeten cranberries make a good side dish to serve with roast turkey or ham.  Boil one cup of water, one cup of sugar, add 3 cups of cranberries.  Cook 10 minutes, or berries pop, pour into serving dish; let cool to room temperature.   The sauce can be refrigerated and served cold.                                                                                                        o Dried cranberries can be utilized in salads, breads, and with entrees such as Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken.                                                                                                     


Cranberry Orange Salad
 
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A salad when served on lettuce or relish to be served with entrees of turkey, ham or pork . Cranberry Orange Salad for all seasons, not just Thanksgiving.
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Recipe type: Salad or Relish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces fresh whole cranberries or frozen whole berries
  • 1 medium naval orange
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup gelatin powder, cherry, orange, or lemon
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped pecan
Instructions
  1. Chop cranberries in blender or food processor.
  2. Pour into large bowl.
  3. Using the whole orange, cut into quarters or smaller and chop in the blender or processor.
  4. Add the orange pieces to cranberries.
  5. Stir in the sugar, gelatin powder and pecans.
  6. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hour to dissolve sugar and cool.
Notes
Fresh Cranberry Salad can be frozen after it is made. Thaw salad in the refrigerator........................................................................................................... .cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience.
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Look at these interesting Cranberry Recipes:

Annie’s Eats – Glazed Cranberry Lemon Cake

Simply Recipes – Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

cuisinart – Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Roast

cookbookinabox – Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

 

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Stone Ground Cornbread

Corn Bread

Corn Bread

 A grist mill grinds grain into flour, corn into cornmeal.

The corn kernels were ground between two large stones operated by water wheel to turn the stones. The corn is coarser than the corn from grocery store brands.  The taste is the same, delicious, and added a new dimension to the phrase of “cooking from scratch.”  Stone Ground Cornbread is very good with the Meatless Navy Bean Soup.

Stone Ground Cornmeal

Bridgeton Mill Stone Ground Cornmeal

Karen Jean of Bridgeton Mill has a recipe for Cornbread from Scratch on the package which I did use though not completely.  I like to bake with honey instead of sugar.  I am also learning how to bake/cook with coconut oil. Neither change the consistency nor flavor of the cornbread.  Honey and coconut oil were substituted for the brown sugar and cooking oil recommended in the Stone Mill Cornbread.

Bridgeton Mill in Parke County, Indiana

Bridgeton Mill in Parke County, Indiana

Bridgeton Mill, Bridgeton, Indiana in Parke County, Indiana

This is a brochure from Bridgeton Mill, it looks just like that. This mill was built in 1823, rebuilt in 1870.  Michael and Karen purchased it in 1995, and essentially have rebuilt it to its original use.  They even had to restore the dam.  They rebuilt the dam to restore the water power. To quote from the  brochure, “falling water spins the wheel for power.”  You just have to see it to appreciate it. 

Cornmeals are only a  small part of their products.  There are grits, some made from purple corn, flours, pancake mixes cornbread mixes and fish batter.  There are many USA food products of jelly, jams, honeys, and locally made ice cream.  I have only mentioned a very small list of interesting items.  Plan a visit to Bridgeton Mill when you are in Indiana.  Tell them cookbookinabox® and Julia Ann sent you.

Parke County, Indiana has a Covered Bridge Festival, highlighting tours of 31 covered bridges in the area.  The second weekend in October and for 10 days, the town of Rockville, Indiana and surrounding area is one big festival of foods, arts, crafts and antiques. 

Stone Ground Cornbread to enjoy.

Stone Ground Cornbread
 
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Stone Ground Cornbread is a delicious home baked cornbread to accompany soups, casseroles and left overs for breakfast feasts.
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup cornmeal
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 425 F.
  2. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together.
  3. Add the milk, egg, honey and coconut oil.
  4. Pour into a hot greased cast iron skillet.
  5. (Or pour into a greased 8 x 8 baking pan.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Karen Jean's of Bridgeton Mill recipe...................
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Meatless navy Bean Soup

Meatless Navy Bean Soup and Corn Bread

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Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup

Bowl of Ginger, Tomato, and Lentil Soup

Bowl of Ginger, Tomato, and Lentil Soup

Cooking from scratch can be time consuming, there are just times when short cuts are necessary. Ta Da!! Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup.

A can of tomato soup is handy to have on the kitchen shelf for a quick lunch.  I have a husband who prefers a thick soup.  So tomato soup at our house may have various flavors and additions.  Usually I will add angel hair pasta, rice, beans, or left overs of an entree or vegetable.  This time it was a deliberately  planned  new recipe. 

Cooking lentils and onion

Cooking lentils and onion

 

 

 

In the pantry was a bag of red lentils.  So that was the beginning of thickening the soup.  Cooking lentils does not take a long time, about 20 minutes for 1/3 cup of them.  I add finely diced onion and minced garlic.  All into the water to heat and simmer to soft lentils.  Instead of draining the water, most was absorbed into the simmering.

 

 

 

 

Next I added the can of tomato soup, 1 can of water, maybe a bit more later, the freshly grated ginger, oregano, salt and pepper to cook an additional 15 minutes.


Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup
 
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With the aid of a can of tomato soup for saving time, a savory hearty soup of spicy ginger and lentils and seasoned with onions and garlic make a quick and filling lunch time soup.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4¾ cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • ⅓ cup red lentils
  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 10¾ ounce canned tomato soup
  • 1 can water
  • 1 teaspoon raw ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black ground pepper
  • ½ cup mild Cheddar cheese, shredded or cheese of your choice.
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan, mix together water, lentils, onion and garlic.
  2. Heat to simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are softened.
  3. Add can of tomato soup.
  4. Add one can of water, more if needed or preferred thinner.
  5. Add grated ginger, oregano, salt and pepper.
  6. Simmer 15 minutes.
  7. Serve into soup bowls topped with the shredded cheese.
Notes
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While the soup was simmering, I fixed a fruit compote of mixed canned and fresh fruit with yogurt on top, decorated with a walnut half.  Supplied some crackers and lemonade.  There was a quick lunch  for 3 or 4 in less than an hour. 

 

Mixed Fruit with Yogurt

Mixed Fruit with Yogurt

 

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Peanut and Vegetable Linguine

More and more recipes are for meatless Monday and for vegetarian meals.  In the last few months vegetarian recipes are common at our mealtimes.  I have 3 vegetarian cookbooks that give me new ideas.  The food communities are an abundance source of recipes, menus and ideas.   Peanut and Vegetable Linguine was a new recipe to try for our meatless Monday.

The Peanut and Vegetable Linguine was our dinner this last Monday.  It turned out to be a winner.  I followed the recipe exactly. However, as many of you find, a new recipe is created because you do not have the right ingredients.  This recipe was changed from an oriental flair to a more Mediterranean cuisine.

Pasta is thought to be of Mediterranean cuisine as well as fresh vegetables and nuts.  This recipe uses whole grain linguine, a variety of vegetables sautéed in olive oil, topped off with black olives and roasted peanuts.  Peanuts are a good source of vitamin B biotin, copper, manganese and vitamin E as well as providing the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.  As with all healthy diets, give consideration to the portion size and total calories.

Peanut and Vegetable Linquine

Peanut and Vegetable linguine

Peanut and Vegetable Linguine
 
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A recipe for a meatless Monday meal of healthy whole grain pasta, fresh vegetables and peanuts for a bit of Mediterranean cuisine.
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Recipe type: Vegetables & Pasta
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 7 ounces of whole grain linguine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and cut into ½ inch pieces.
  • 1 small to medium zucchini cut into ½ inch pieces.
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • DRESSING
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½-1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Netta Bellle's Sea Salt and Netta Belle's ChoiceGround Black Pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh snipped parsley, basil and cilantro
  • 8 black olives, sliced
Instructions
  1. Prepare linguine to the package instructions and drain well.
  2. Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet.
  3. Saute onion, garlic and ginger until softened.
  4. Add the chopped vegetables, cook over medium heat 10 minutes.
  5. Add the roasted peanuts.
  6. In a small bowl, prepare the dressing, adding all the dressing ingredients, except herbs and olives.
  7. Whisk together.
  8. Add the pasta to the vegetables.
  9. Pour the dressing, olives and herbs over pasta and vegetables.
  10. Toss together blend flavors; heat through.
  11. Serve immediately.
Notes
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Fourth of July Lunch Menu with Apple Pie Recipe

Fourth of July Lunch Menu with Apple Pie Recipe

Menus do not have to be elaborate to be tasty or for it to be a party or picnic. Lemon Bar-B-Que Chicken Breasts  pieces, served with baked beans, Summer Time Cole Slaw and American Apple Pie tops off an easy holiday lunch or picnic.

Fourth of July Lunch

                               Fourth of July Lunch

The zesty Lemon-Bar-B-Que recipe is in the cookbookinabox® Menu 101.  The Netta Belle’s Choice® Summer Time Cole Slaw is given in previous post for the recipe in this blog.  Use your favorite baked beans recipe or purchase sweet and spicy flavored baked beans. style American Apple Pie recipe follows.

American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie
 
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Celebrate July 4th with a Golden Delicious Apple Pie.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • DOUBLE 9-INCH PIE CRUST
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup cold vegetable shortening
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5-6 tablespoons ice water
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  • APPLE PIE FILLING
  • 5-6 medium Gold Delicious apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 5-6 medium
Instructions
  1. PIE CRUST
  2. Combine flour, cold butter and cold shortening in large bowl.
  3. Use mixer to blend to corn meal texture.
  4. Add water by tablespoons just until dough begins to stick together.
  5. Gather into a large ball.
  6. Divide into two, flatten and wrap in plastic wrap to refrigerate 30 to 60 minutes.
  7. Roll out between wax paper or generously floured board.
  8. Line the bottom of 9-inch pie plate.
  9. Roll out second ball of dough for the top crust.
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  11. APPLE PIE FILLING
  12. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  13. Slice apples into lemon juice, stir to coat. (Prevents apples from browning.)
  14. Mix sugars, tapioca and spices in large bowl.
  15. Drain apples.
  16. Pour apples into sugar mixture, blend to coat apples with sugar mixture.
  17. Pour filling in prepared pie plate.
  18. Dot top with butter,
  19. Cover with second pie crust.
  20. Make small holes to allow steam escape while baking.
  21. Bake 15 minutes at 425 F.
  22. Reduce heat to 350 F, bake 35 to 45 minutes more.
  23. Cover with aluminum foil if top browns too fast.
Notes
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                      Enjoy your American Apple Pie with your Fourth of July Lunch Menu.

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