Arancini Rice Balls with Ricotta Cheese

Italy is known for being a country filled with food influence and amazing cuisine and Sicily definitely holds its own in this area. There is a wide range of food power on this tiny island due to its proximity to its surrounding countries, Africa, Spain and Greece…

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Arroz con Coco

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered [...]

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Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
5 cups cold water
¼ cup raw basmati rice
4 cups half-and-half
¾ cups sugar
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 1⁄3 teaspoon ground cardamom)
½ teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons heavy cream
DIRECTIONS
Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. The next day, transfer ¼ cup of the rice water [...]

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Coconut Cilantro Rice

Serves 4
Ingredients
2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoos sugar
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Chili Herb Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Directions
Combine all the ingredients, except the cilantro, into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 [...]

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Gallo Pintos

Serves 6
Ingredients
3 tablespoons lard or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
2 cups cooked black beans, drained but cooking liquid reserved
2 cups long grain rice, cooked
Salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)
Directions
In a large skillet, heat oil to medium, add onions and sauté until edges start to brown or about 5 minutes. Add the beans [...]

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Ginger Brown Rice Coconut Milk Mango Risotto

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh mango, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cup short-grain brown rice, rinsed
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups milk, warmed
1 vanilla bean, split
¼ cup shredded coconut
PREPARATION
In a medium-size saucepot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and add mango and ginger, sauté for a few minutes. Then add [...]

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Herbed Beet Greens and Gorgonzola Risotto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 cups water
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
Tops of 2 bunches of beets, chopped, stems included
1 cup Arborio rice
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 cup red wine
¼ cup gorgonzola cheese, buttermilk blue, crumbled
Walnuts, toasted, for garnic
PREPARATION
In a medium sized saucepot heat water until warm and keep simmering while making risotto. [...]

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Horracha de Arroz con Mango (Mango Rice Milk)

Makes 12 drinks
Ingredients
2 cups rice
6 cups water
1 cup mango puree
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon
1 fresh vanilla bean
Directions
Soak the rice overnight in the six cups of water. In batches in a blender blend the rice and water mixture until smooth about 2-3 minutes. With a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a large [...]

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Khichdi

Serves 6
Ingredient
1 cup small split yellow dal, pre-soak for 30 minutes
1 cup of rice
2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
½ teaspoon of asafetida (Kayam) powder (found at specialty Indian store)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 small piece of ginger, grated
2 green chilies, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 whole black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 red potato, small dice
1 [...]

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Laotian Coconut Sweet Rice with Mango

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 cup of sweet/gluttonous or “sticky” rice
2 cups of coconut milk
¾ cup of refined sugar
1 teaspoon of coconut essence
1 tablespoons grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons rice flour
1 ripe mango, sliced to your preference
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup of toasted coconut shavings
DIRECTIONS
Wash rice three times in cold water, draining after each wash. Then completely soak washed rice [...]

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Leaf-Wrapped Rice and Banana Bundles

Khao Tom Mat (Thailand)
Serves 4 to 8 (makes 8 dumplings)
INGREDIENTS
For the Rice Mixture
¼ cup dried black turtle beans, soaked in plenty of water for 6 to 8 hours or ½ cup canned, drained and rinsed
3 pandan leaves, each folded in half and tied into a knot for easier handling, or ¼ teaspoon pandan extract
½ cup [...]

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Lemon Balm Rice

Makes 2 Servings

Excellent accompaniment for fish.

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Lemon Mint Rice

Fluff and serve with chicken, fish, or vegetables.

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Lomo Saltado

Gustav Pierson discovered this traditional Peruvian dish on our recent trip to visit the organic fair-trade growers. The dish takes roots in Peru but with Asian (chifa) influences. The dish is basically a stir fry with French Fries and rice. The beef is typically marinated in vinegar and soy sauce and then stir fried with onions, peppers and tomatoes. This is Gustav’s version of the dish he now makes at home!

Gustav

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Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups pork stock, reserved from [...]

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Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana is essentially the mother to all other forms of paella. Authentic Paella Valenciana is hard to find, but, when you do, you will find it to be as exquisite as paella gets. You can omit the snails in this recipe, but the paella will not be authentic. You can find the snails in cans at most specialty grocery stores.

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Pan Roasted Bass with Tropical Mango Salsa and Coconut Cilantro Rice

Serves 4
Ingredients
Ger-Nis Herb Chili Pepper
1 tangerine
4 4-ounce bass fillets, skin on (no more than two inches thick)
Avocado oil or olive oil
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed small
1 cup ripe but firm mango, cubed small
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped small
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
¼ cup cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons [...]

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Pork Fried Rice

Serves 4-5
Ingredients
Oil (sesame, canola or peanut)
1 pound pork loin, cut into small ½-inch cubes
Flour for dusting pork
Salt/pepper
2 carrots, chopped small (diced)
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped fine
4 scallions, sliced
4 cups rice, cooked and cold
Soy sauce
Sriracha or sambal (optional)
2 eggs, beaten
Directions
Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a large [...]

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Pumpkin Sage Risotto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1¾ cups chicken broth
1¾ cups water
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup fresh sage leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups fresh pumpkin, peeled and seeded, cut into ¼-inch cubes
¾ cup Arborio rice
½ cup Parmesan Reggiano, grated
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION
In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth and [...]

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Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto with Parsley Chive Salt Butter

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 cup fish stock
1½ cups asparagus stock (made from the asparagus ends and water)
1½ cups asparagus spears (about 1½ bunches)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup long grain brown rice
½ white wine
1 cup grated parmesan
Parsley Chive Salt Butter (recipe follows)
Directions
In a medium-sized saucepot combine [...]

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Spinach and Fresh Herb Risotto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 cup vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups baby spinach
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh marjoran, chopped
1½ cup Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup Asiago cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION
In a medium [...]

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Tamarind Rice

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons tamarind concentrate
½ cup warm water
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup unsalted peanuts (preferably unroasted), roughly chopped
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
16 curry leaves, roughly torn (optional)
6 dried red chiles (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¾ teaspoon turmeric
1 large red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons Sambhaar, or 1 [...]

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