My new cousin-in-law is responsible for the inspiration for this post.
This past weekend I went to Edgewood, Maryland where I visited my fiance’s father side of the family. It was love at first sight. They were warm, kind, and seriously funny. We had conversations from everything from the NBA Playoffs, how unexciting Ohio can be, and even role-playing in the bedroom. Oh yea, they are a wild bunch. I was laughing and smiling so hard my cheeks hurt. We got around to talking about what I do for a living and about my blog. I told them how I come up recipes and take photos for the world to see and they were immediately intrigued. We began exchanging different food and recipe tips and tricks but one thing that people could not figure out was how to make good rice. A lot of you out there may be thinking that rice is an easy thing to make. Actually, for some it could be quite complicated.
You’d be amazed on how long people can hold a conversation about how to cook rice. We all had our different methods, but when I talked through the process of how I cook rice I got alot of “hmmm’s” and “oh really’s”. My new favorite cousin-in-law kept asking me to go through the process with her and I thought to myself how fitting it would be for me to write a blog about it. The biggest thing I do when I cook rice that I shared with the rest of the family is that I cook the rice in a broth so I don’t have to add that much flavor to it. The pictures of rice you are see is actually organic brown rice cooked in vegetable broth, which gives it the color you see. Depending on what you are doing with the rice you can cook it in chicken, turkey, or beef broth or whatever fits the rest of your meal. Another thing you can do with rice is use fresh herbs. Add in some freshly chopped parsley, rosemary, basil, or whatever. You will be amazed at the impact of flavor you will have.
I promise you guys, rice is easy to work with. It is our friend. It an awesome side dish that you can dress to be whatever you want! There is no need to be afraid of rice. I know that the food manufacturing business has made it easy for us to make rice by putting it in little bags for us to boil for 10 minutes or place in the microwave for 90 seconds. Believe me, if I want a quick meal, I will still resort to those methods in a heartbeat. However, it is probably best to make rice naturally and organically, like most of our food, as much as possible so we know what is going into our food. I hope this recipe and method will become something you adopt as to how you will make rice from now on. Let me know how it turns out for you :-).
- 4 c. broth (your choice)
- 1 c. water
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 c. brown rice
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large non-stick sauce pot, bring the broth and water to a slight simmer on medium heat. Once the liquid begins to boil, add the rice and stir. Place a lid on top of the rice and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes. Stir the rice. If the rice is still undercooked (rice is stiff) and there isn't a lot of liquid left, add a ½ cup of water and cover back with lid to cook for another 10-15 minutes. Once finished, stir with fork to fluff up the rice and remove from heat with the lid still covered and let steam. Add the butter and stir and season according to your liking.