Persian Jeweled Rice, aka Wedding Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Persian Jeweled Rice Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Fragrant rice dishes are one of my favorite food memories from my time in the Middle East. Widely known as pilaf (aka polow, pilav, pilau, pulao, and other names), these rice dishes vary in texture and ingredients based on the country of origin. Pilafs may include spices, meat, nuts, dried fruits, and vegetables, and have… 

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Eggplant and Tomato Pilaf with Greek Yogurt

Eggplant and Tomato Pilaf with Greek Yogurt - Andrea Meyers

Greek yogurt is one of my favorite convenience foods, and judging by grocery store space in the yogurt aisle, it’s a favorite for many people. I remember when just a few years ago it was difficult to find Greek yogurt in our local grocery stores, but now the yogurt aisle is full of it in… 

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Vegetarian Grilled Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

Vegetarian Grilled Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We’ve reached that point in the summer when our garden is starting to overflow with tomatoes and peppers. Just about every meal now has peppers and/or tomatoes in a dish or a salad, and in a few weeks I’ll have to start preserving the extras. Right now I’m picking the peppers as soon as they… 

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Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto - Andrea Meyers

In 2011, we put in an asparagus bed, and for two springs we have patiently watched and tended, waiting for our first harvest. Last year we let the plants grow full and fern out, knowing this would be the year we would finally get to eat. The spears started popping last week, and I’ll say… 

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From the Pantry: Ro*Tel (Slow-Cooker Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya)

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya - Andrea Meyers

I remember very clearly the first time I had Ro*Tel®. I was spending a summer working in Arkansas, and the family I stayed with made the now-(in)famous Velveeta and Ro*Tel dip. This was back in the 80s when thick and gooey cheese-coated nachos was all the rage at sporting events and sports bars, and I… 

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Indian Savory Yellow Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Indian Savory Yellow Rice (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Rice is a common side at our house since we eat lots of Asian and Mexican food, and our pantry is stocked with several different types. For Asian dishes we cook with brown jasmine or brown basmati rice or a couple different kinds of short grain rice, depending on the dish. This traditional Indian basmati… 

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Shrimp Creole

Andrea Meyers - Shrimp Creole

The week before I went to the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in New Orleans, I had some serious cravings for Cajun and Creole food. I had gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines on the brain and needed to take care of that situation. Since the kitchen counters were overrun with ripe tomatoes and more were hanging… 

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Thai Green Sticky Rice with Mango

Thai Green Sticky Rice with Mango - Andrea Meyers

Last spring my sister came out for a visit and we had a girls’ day of shopping and of course a dinner out together. We both like sushi and headed for a little Thai and sushi fusion restaurant nearby and ordered our favorites. We also noticed a card on the table advertising their Thai mango… 

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