Making rice in a rice cooker is about as easy as can be - just add the rice, the water and press start! And the ease of using a rice cooker means that you can create a wide variety of delicious side dishes, simply by adding different ingredients. Take a look at 7 Ways to Dress Up Rice Cooker Rice and let your rice cooker do the work. With these tricks, you'll never be lacking for side-dish inspiration again.
I try to adhere to the Meatless Monday movement, preparing a vegetarian dinner once a week. It's actually fun to come up with a dinner that will be appealing and that will have enough protein to keep my family satisfied and satiated. The recipe I developed for Cheesy Polenta with White Beans and Kale fits the bill perfectly. It's got protein in the form of cheese, beans and meatless crumbles, and the polenta is creamy and satisfying against the chewy-crisp sauteed kale. Best of all, it's a dinner that comes together in around half an hour. Try it tonight!
Mother's Day is not far away... it's time to start celebrating the mother(s) in your life! If they're into food and cooking, here are some ways to treat them right:
- Gift her a gift for her kitchen.
- Serve her breakfast in bed. How about Crescent Cheese Danish or Stuffed French Toast?
- Order her some fancy petit fours.
- Make her a delicious foodie gift, like Smoked Sea Salt or Blueberry Lemon Jam.
- Clean her kitchen from top to bottom (be sure to read up on how to clean cookware so you don't damage her favorite pots and pans).
After my coverage earlier this week on measuring cups
and measuring spoons
, I thought it would be a good chance to explore the techniques of actually using these tools to measure ingredients for baking recipes. After all, baking is far more science than art, and while estimating or "eyeballing" ingredients in a savory cooked dish might not have any adverse effect, in baking it could mean that a cake is not properly leavened, or a cookie turns out tough. Take a look at this article on how to properly measure ingredients for baking
to check that you are using your measuring tools with the most precise and accurate results.