Baked Spanish Rice

There are many ways to cook rice. Steam, boil, saute or fry. In fact, WikiHow has a great article on 12 ways to cook rice. But one of my favorite ways to cook rice is to bake it. This might be a new technique to you, but it is a very simple way to cook rice with consistent results.

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Cheese Grits

Here is my recipe for cheese grits which I served with my Crock Pot Blackened Chipotle Country Ribs. Cheese grits makes a great side dish for any type of meal. Would be great for brunch.

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What is a Grit?????

Native Americans offered the first settlers in the US bowls of Rockahominie, a dish consisting of ground up corn grain cooked into a creamy mixture. It is believed this corn mixture kept many of the settlers alive during those cold winters. Today, corn grits hold a prominent place in soul food and southern dishes. They are also used as a side or a pairing with dishes containing very heavily spiced ingredients. Grits may be eaten covered in gravy, cheese or butter and salt; or served with seafood, meats or vegetables. Grits also make a delightful breakfast when served as a hot cereal topped with milk and honey or brown sugar. Grits are a great way to help meet your body’s daily energy needs. The fiber content in grits helps you feel full for longer periods of time and promotes regular digestive functioning. Polenta is a dish that has been popular in Italian and other European cuisine, and is now gaining fans in America as well. It is made from course ground corn (grits), boiled in water to create a porridge. This can be topped and served immediately for a warm corn side dish. Alternatively, you can spread the porridge in a pan and refrigerate it until it sets. Then the polenta can be cut into squares and baked, grilled or fried. Similar to pasta, cooked polenta is delicious topped with marinara sauce, shredded cheese, or grilled or roasted vegetables. Many gourmet Italian and Mediterranean restaurants feature our polenta. Information from Bob’sRedMill.com

Click here if you want to know the difference between Cornmeal vs Polenta vs Grits:

Some cheese grits recipes call for processed cheese (Velveeta) but for this dish I prefer real cheddar. Just stir the cheese in slowly, to melt evenly.

Quick and Easy!
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Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Main St. Cuisine

baked macaroni and cheeseIt’s Wednesday and the week has gotten away from me.

That seems to happen more at this time of year.  What do you think?  

I had something planned for Mondays on Main St. and that will have to wait until next week.

The combination of snow, snow days, and stuffy noses has taken its toll, but of course it will pass.  And, not soon enough.

Hopefully, we’ll all be feeling better tomorrow.

In the meantime, we are battening down the hatches for another storm here in the south.  This one looks to be bigger than the last, which makes for some definite news around these parts.

We took advantage of the fluffy snow and did a lot of this yesterday afternoon.

snow day

We headed over to this nearby hill and spent some time sledding. Next, it was a trip to the market for more supplies as we were preparing for another round of…

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

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Here is the menu I promised for you to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Why go out when you can show your loved one your appreciation with food from the heart. My menu includes grilled strip steak, Broiled asparagus and Pommes Anna (potatoes anna). Each of these dishes are fairly simple to prepare. The Pommes Anna takes some time to prep but cooking is easy and the presentation and taste is wonderful. To me the seasoning of steaks and asparagus should be simple. Let the flavors of the ingredients come through. Pommes Anna can be made in individual ramekins for a more intimate presentation.

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Valentine's Day Dinner

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Here is the menu I promised for you to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Why go out when you can show your loved one your appreciation with food from the heart. My menu includes grilled strip steak, Broiled asparagus and Pommes Anna (potatoes anna). Each of these dishes are fairly simple to prepare. The Pommes Anna takes some time to prep but cooking is easy and the presentation and taste is wonderful. To me the seasoning of steaks and asparagus should be simple. Let the flavors of the ingredients come through. Pommes Anna can be made in individual ramekins for a more intimate presentation.

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Roasted Veggie Hash

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This a great side dish that my kids love. The prep is made easy if you have dice and slice chopper box. This helps keep the veggies the same size for even roasting. Goes great with my smoked pork shoulder.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup yellow squash diced ( 1 small )
1/2 cup zucchini diced ( 1 small )
1 cup carrots diced
2 cups Yukon gold or new red potatoes peeled and diced (4-5)
2 cups sweet potatoes peeled and diced (1 large)
1 head of cauliflower
Optional 1 small onion chopped
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

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Orecchiette Pasta with Ham, Mushrooms and Peas

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The weather is finally getting warm here in the Midwest. At least for a few days! Tonight I decided to grill some simple Italian dressing marinated pork chops. I try to grill year round, but not as much in the winter. I decided to make a pasta side dish because we were out of potatoes and I had cooked rice the night before. For this dish I am using Orecchiette (little ears) pasta. Any type of pasta will do but is what I had in the pantry. This also could be a main dish. My kids love it.

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