Costa Rican Beef & Vegetable Soup with Yellow Rice

Yield: 6 Servings
2 Ound Lean, boneless
- beef chuck
1 1/2 inch cubes
1 g Onion, thinly sliced
1 Up Celery, thinly sliced
3 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Dry bay leaf
1 g Red bell pepper, seeded and
Cut into thin, bite-size
1 1/2 Up Water
2 cn (about 14 1/2 oz.@)
Beef broth
------------------------YELLOW RICE----------------------------- g
Ear corn, cut into 3/4 inch Thick slices Up Coarsely shredded cabbage
Up Lightly packed cilantro Leaves Salt and pepper
THE SOUP Arrange beef cubes slightly apart in a single layer in a
shallow baking pan. Bake in a 500 oven until well browned (about 20
minutes). Meanwhile, in a 3 1/2 quart or larger crockpot, combine
onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf and bell pepper. Transfer browned beef
to crockpot. Pour a little of the water into baking pan, stirring to
dissolve drippings and pour into crockpot. Add broth and remaining
water. Cover and cook on low about 8 hours. About 15 minutes before
beef is done, prepare Yellow Rice. While rice is cooking, increase
cooker setting to high; add corn. Cover; cook for 5 minutes. Add
cabbage; cover and cook until cabbage is bright green, 8 to 10 more
minutes. Stir in cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into
wide, shallow bowls; add a scoop of rice to each. THE RICE 1 tablespoon
salad oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cup long-grain white rice 1/4
teaspoon ground turmeric /4 cups water Heat oil in 2-quart pan over
medium heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring until onion is soft but not
browned, (3 to 5 minutes). Stir in the rice and tumeric; cook, stirring
occasionally, for about 1 minute. Pour in the water and reduce heat to low and cook until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

Cornish Hen Halves and Wild Rice

Yield: 4 Servings
1/4 c Green onions, sliced
1 T Margarine
1 t Chicken bouillon granules
1/4 t Ground sage
1/3 c Wild rice
1/3 c Long grain rice
1/4 c Carrot, shredded
2 T Snipped fresh parsley
2 Cornish game hens, halved
- lengthwise (1 to 1/2 pounds
- each)
1/4 c Apple juice concentrate
1 t Lemon juice
2 md Apples, sliced
In a medium saucepan, combine green onion, margarine, bouillon
granules, sage, and 1 1/3 cups water. Bring to boiling. Stir in wild
rice; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in long
grain rice, carrot, and parsley. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes more or until rice is done and liquid is absorbed.
In a shallow baking dish, spoon rice mixture into four mounds. Place
hens on rice mounds; cover loosely with foil. Roast in a 375F oven for
30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the apple juice concentrate and
lemon juice. Uncover hens; roast for about 35 minutes more or until
drumsticks can be twisted easily in sockets. During the last 15
minutes, add apple slices; brush hens and apples with apple juice
Makes 4 servings.

Cooking Rice on the Stove

Yield: 1 Serving

1 Free Flow Recipe
This is gonna seem so simple that you won't believe that it will work,
but it does. The thing with rice cooking is that folks tend to make it
too hard. Get out a nice heavy pan with a tight fitting lid. (Visions
is nice for this cause you can see what's going on in the pot.) Get a
bag of normal ol' long grain rice++not Rice-A-Roni or Uncle Ben's or
any of that "converted" stuff. Dump as much into the pot as you like
(one cup dry makes about three cups cooked).
At this point, you can either rinse it or not. If you don't the rice
will be a tad stickier when done. (That makes it good for eating with
chopsticks.) If you rinse it well it will be a tad "fluffier".
Personally, over the years I've come to NOT rinse my rice. It's just
too much work and I can't really see that much difference in the
finished product.
Level the rice in the pot and place your index finger so that it just
touches the surface of the rice. Add water until the level comes just
up to the crease at the backside of the top of the first knuckle on
your index finger. Crank the heat up on the stove quite high and put
the pot of rice on the burner. Stir the rice lightly before it comes
to a boil, just once, so it doesn't stick. Let the shebang come to a
full, rolling boil, then lower the heat to about medium. Let it boil,
UNDISTURBED, until the free water evaporates and little holes appear in
the surface of the rice.
When this stage is reached, immediately lower the heat to the lowest
setting possible (one of those "flame tamers" that you set on the
burner can be helpful here), cover the rice and let it simmer and steam
for about twenty minutes. DO NOT LIFT THE LID UNTIL THE TIME HAS
ELAPSED-DO NOT STIR THE RICE!!! Sorry++didn't mean to shout. ;-} When
the time has passed you will have a pot of perfectly cooked rice.
Fluff it a bit when you put it in the serving dish. No complex
procedures, no measurements and very little fuss and muss...
This is an old Chinese method of cooking rice and it works regardless
of the amount of rice used. Just remember the "first knuckle rule" and
things should work well. I don't add salt to mine, but I don't imagine
that it would cause any problems. I've never cooked brown rice this
way, but I imagine it would work if you doubled the steaming time.
Another easy way to get perfect rice is to buy one of those Japanese
rice cookers. They run around forty bucks and are really quite good at
what they do. I'm using one made by Hitachi that works very well.

Company Microwave Rice

Yield: 4 Servings
1 c Rice; unconverted, uncooked
2 T Butter
1/3 c Celery; finely chopped
1/3 c Green onion; finely chopped
3 T Soy sauce
1 c Bouillon; chicken
1/2 c Mushrooms; fresh sliced
1/2 c Peas; frozen
rice and butter and cook, uncovered on HIGH (100%) for 4 to minutes or
till rice has browned. Stir 2 times while cooking. Add celery and green
onions and cook an additional minute. Add remaining ingredients except
mushrooms and peas. Stir well and return to microwave. Stir and let
stand covered for 10 minutes. If mushrooms and peas are done, serve.
If not, microwave 3-5 minutes to complete. Fluff and serve.

Columbian Squash Stuffed With Dirty Rice

Yield: 6 Servings
1 Columbian squash, about
- 5 pounds
1 lb Extra lean ground chuck
1/4 lb Chicken giblets, chopped fine
1/4 lb Bulk sausage
2 T McIlhenny Tabasco pepper
- sauce
1/4 t Salt
2 Small cayenne peppers,
- chop fine
Olive oil
2 c Beef stock or water
The Columbian squash used in this recipe may be replaced with a small
pumpkin, as the edible portions are similar in color, taste and
Cut and remove a section of the squash top as if you were about to
carve a "Jack-O-Lantern". Remove the seeds and stringy parts of the
vegetable. Mix the salt and McIlhenney Co. Tabasco sauce and rub onto
the inside of the squash (or pumpkin). Replace the squash top, and
microwave on high for about 5 minutes. While squash is in the
microwave, brown the ground meats, along with the chicken giblets in a
small amount of olive oil in a heavy skillet. When the meats are
browned, drain off excess fat, then add beef stock or water bring to a
boil, add the package of dirty rice mix, return to boil, lower heat and
simmer 5 minutes. Place the mixture into the squash or pumpkin, replace
the top and microwave on high for about 6 minutes per pound of squash.

Coconut Rice Noodles

Yield: 4 Servings
150 g Dried rice noodles
2 t Sesame oil
225 g Firm tofu
300 Vegetable stock
75 g Creamed coconut
2 T Soy sauce
1 sm Onion
2 lg Red chillies
3 Garlic cloves
100 g Beansprouts
4 Spring onions
2 T Fresh coriander
Preparation: Cut the tofu into 2.5cm cubes Crumble the creamed coconut
Grate the onion Finely slice the chillies Crush the garlic cloves
Thinly slice the spring onions Chop the fresh coriander
Pour boiling water over the noodles and leave for one minute then rinse
wuth cold water and drain thoroughly.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the tofu cubes until lightly
golden on all sides.
Heat the vegetable stock in a medium pan, then add the creamed coconut,
soy sauce, onion, chillies and garlic and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the cooked noodles, beansprouts, spring onion slices and fried tofu
and cook for a further 3 minutes. Season to taste, add the coriander
and serve.
cal per serving 12g protein 35g carbohydrate 29g fat 6g saturated fat
(medium)_ no added sugar 4g fibre (medium) 0.78g salt (medium)

Chunky Chicken Rice Soup

Yield: 7 Servings
1 c Cooked cubed chicken
1 t Oil for frying
2 c Chicken broth
1 c Water
10 oz Frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 t Poultry seasoning
1/4 t Pepper
1 c Minute Rice
1 T Dried parsley
>. In a skillet, fry chicken in hot oil until browned. Add broth,
water, vegetables (thawed) and seasonings. 2>. Bring to a boil. Reduce
heat to low, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in Minute Rice and
parsley; cover, remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.