Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Written by Chacha on Jan 18th, 2016 in Chicken broth, Mushrooms, Onions, Recipe, Rice, Side Dishes, Wine | No Comments

Servings: 4 to 6 Ingredients 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and finely minced 1 small yellow onion, finely minced 1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced 2 cups white long-grain rice 1/2 cup good-quality white wine 2 1/2 cups chicken broth Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Chopped fresh parsley (leaves only), for garnishing Special equipment A medium saucepan […]

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Smoky Pork and White Bean Stew

Written by Chacha on Jan 17th, 2016 in Main Dish, Onions, Pork Tenderloin, Recipe, Rice, Stew, Tomatoes | No Comments

This is a quick stew that is rich in flavor and features a few main ingredients: Pork, onions, garlic, crushed tomatoes, smoke Spanish paprika, and yes, canned white beans and chicken broth. To make this quick delicious stew, I use quick-cooking pork tenderloin; a particularly tender cut that cooks in just under 20 minutes. The smoked paprika lends a sweet-spicy smokiness […]

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Moro de Habichuelas Negras (Quick Black Beans and Rice with Bacon)

Written by Chacha on Mar 25th, 2014 in Bacon, Black beans, Dominican, Latin, Rice, Side Dishes | No Comments

While beans are native to the Americas, rice is not. Rice was introduced to the Caribbean and South America by Spanish colonizers. In many areas, rice and beans are often served side by side rather than mixed. Either way, they are considered a meal, frequently with a topping of meat. Meat or other ingredients are sometimes placed atop rice and […]

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Poblano Rice

Written by Chacha on Mar 22nd, 2014 in Chicken stock, Cilantro, Gluten Free, Latin, Onions, Poblano pepper, Rice | No Comments

This rice is creamy, tasty and wonderful. Full of flavor, balanced and delicious. Servings: 4 Ingredients 3 tablespoons Canola oil, divided 1/2 white onion, finely chopped 2 Poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped 3 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and finely chopped ½ teaspoon freshly ground cumin Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Good-quality hot chicken stock (preferably homemade) […]

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Mexican Style Rice

Written by Chacha on Mar 22nd, 2014 in Cheese, Chicken stock, Chilies, Corn, Gluten Free, Latin, Onions, Rice, Side Dishes, Tomatoes | No Comments

This is a lovely recipe and a perfect side dish for enchiladas. Your future Mexican meals won’t be complete without this rice. The flavors are exceptional and pair perfectly with just about anything; and it tasted just as good reheated the next day. Servings: 4 to 6 Ingredients 1 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 1/2 cups raw long-grain […]

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Yellow rice with Chicken and Pork

Written by Chacha on Mar 12th, 2014 in Casseroles & One-Dish Meals, Chicken, Main Dish, Onions, Peppers, Pork, Rice, Spices, Tomatoes | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients A generous pinch of toasted saffron threads (Note: You can use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder or 1/2 teaspoon bijol if saffron is not available. The recipe will taste as good and you will get the yellow color called for. Bijol is a condiment found in stores catering to Hispanics.) 1/4 cup hot chicken broth (preferably homemade) ¼ […]

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Sausage, Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Written by Chacha on Mar 3rd, 2014 in Casseroles & One-Dish Meals, Main Dish, Poultry, Rice, Sausage, Shrimp | No Comments

New Orleans’s version of Spanish Paella, Jambalaya, is a Cajun recipe for Country-style pot cooking at its best. Every cook and every home has its own Jambalaya recipe. This recipe is my creation I often prepared at home and my family loves it. Servings: 4 Ingredients 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, shells reserved for the shrimp stock 3 […]

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Coconut Rice

Written by Chacha on Jan 20th, 2014 in Chicken stock, Coconut Milk, Latin, Lime, Rice, Side Dishes | No Comments

Ingredients 2 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk Zest of 1 lime Kosher salt 2 cups raw long-grain white rice (preferably not converted) 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, leaves only, for serving Directions In a medium saucepan with a tight fitting lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken […]

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Arroz con Gandules (Pigeon Peas and Rice)

Written by Chacha on Oct 26th, 2013 in Latin, Meatless Side dish, Pigeon Peas, Recipe, Rice, Vegetable | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cubanella or sweet banana pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped 1 whole Serrano pepper (Note: I always add a whole, not chopped, Serrano pepper just because I like it spicy) 5 cloves garlic, smashed, […]

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Chacha’s Poor Man Paella

Written by Chacha on Oct 18th, 2013 in Casseroles & One-Dish Meals, Latin, Recipe, Rice, Sausage, Shrimp | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, shells reserved for the shrimp stock 3 1/2 cups shrimp stock, recipe follows A generous pinch of saffron threads (Note: You can use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder or 1/2 teaspoon bijol if saffron is not available. The recipe will taste as good and you will get the yellow color called […]

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