How to Make Delicious Rice – 3 Easy Recipes

I’ll show you 4 easy ways to take a mainstay like rice, taste so wonderfully delicious you almost won’t mind eating it as a meal all on its own! If you’re on a budget as many people are these days, one of the ways you’ve probably scaled back is by eating out less and cooking in house, more. If you’re like me and you don’t find cooking to be your forte, this might leave you with the typical rice, beans, a vegetable and a protein, which after a while can become repetitive. You can switch out the proteins, and veggies, but sometimes the best way to add flavor and make your taste buds smile is with the starch. One of the first things that I’ve found will make or break you when it comes making rice is the kind of rice that you choose.

I’ve noticed that Basmati and Jasmine are two of the best when it comes to soaking up flavor. You can find these in both brown and white varieties. While I know that brown rice is better for overall health, I usually choose white rice. Growing up in a very health conscious household when we ate rice, it was brown, and while tasty in many ways, when it comes to flavor retention, I’ve found white Basmati or Jasmine to be the preferred choice for most of my dishes.
These quick, easy and simple recipes work with most types of white rice, but to reiterate, for these recipes I’ve used Basmati or Jasmine which may not be compatible with some rice cookers. If you are in need of a rice cooker to help you with recreating these dishes, then look at RiceCookerWorld for some great appliances!

First step. This is the basic first step that applies to all of the below. It will create 4-6 servings.

In a 3 quart pot, add 2.25 quarts of water and 3 cups of rice. Add 2 tablespoons of butter. From there move on to 1 of any of the 3 recipes below.

Easy Recipe #1 — Puerto Rican Style Rice

I fortunately grew up in an area of Brooklyn that was wonderfully culturally mixed. There were people from all over the Americas and by far, my favorite rice dish, was a delicious one that many of my Puerto Rican friends made. It’s often called Arroz Guisadas. Rice with Pigeon peas.

2 cups of Cilantro – (finely minced)
4 Tablespoons of Sea, Himalayan or Murray River Salt (table salt is fine, but rock or flake salt is best)
2 Tablespoons of Onion Powder or 1 cup of Vidalia Onions finely minced
1-1.5 Cups of Pigeon Peas
2 Cloves of chopped Garlic
1 additional Tablespoon of Butter
1/2 cup of finely minced Recao if you have it. It can be found in Caribbean and Asian grocery stores. If you don’t have it, don’t worry. Your rice will still taste great!

Traditionally this recipe would call for cooked pork fat to add more flavor, but as these are vegetarian versions, no pork fat is needed. However if you’re an omnivore feel free to throw some in.

Put all of the above into the pot. Cover it. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring every 2 or 3 minutes. Add additional water if needed. Once the rice is done, turn the heat off and leave covered for another 5-10 minutes)

Easy Recipe #2 — Sea Island Southern Style Rice

In my family, my father’s side hails from the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina. The people of these islands were originally a rice growing people in the area that includes Angola, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa. They were forcibly brought to the Americas because of this skill, and were made to cultivate rice in the southern United States. Needless to say that in addition to seafood, like many other Southerners, rice is something included in some of their meals as well. Often accompanied with Black eye or Red Kidney beans. This recipe is a nod to the way my grandmother would often make her rice to accompany meals.

Do the first step mentioned above. Prepare your ingredients.

3 Tablespoons of Salt
3 Tablespoons of freshly ground Black Pepper
1 Cup of Scalions
1 Tablespoon of chopped Garlic
1/2 a Cup of Onion (Vidalia or any other mild one will do)
A Tablespoon of Sugar
A Dash of Cinnamon

Add the below to your pot and bring to a boil on medium heat. Stir once during cooking, and keep the top one for 10 minutes once you turn the burner off.

Easy Recipe #3 — Caribbean Style Jerk Rice

Once again, living in the cultural melange of my childhood neighborhood exposed me to wonderfully tantalizing sights and flavors. Here’s a take of the jerk style rice that many of my West Indian friends used to make. They often served it with Jerk Chicken or Fish. I find that it also works great with a nicely grilled or baked Portobello mushroom.

3 Tablespoons of Salt
1 Tablespoon of AllSpice
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of Cayenne Pepper
2 Tablespoon of Black Pepper
1 Finely Chopped Hot Pepper (your choice)
1/2 Cup of Honey

Bring water and rice to a boil and and add all of the above. Stir twice during cooking. Check rice after 10 minutes, if it’s nearly done, turn the burner off and leave the top on for 15 minutes before serving. If it’s not done, leave it on the burner for another 5 minutes, and than leave the top on for 10 minutes before serving.

Amazingly easy isn’t it! You can easily add more or less ingredients depending on your personal tastes, but you now have 3 easy ways to cook rice with a ton of flavor!

My favorite veggie to go with rice is Avocado. Here’s a quick Guacamole recipe (and the best you’ve ever tasted) to go along with one of your new favorite rice dishes.

2 Avocados
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
3/4 Cup of Chopped Cilantro
1/2 Cup of a Yellow Onion (your choice)
2 Tablespoons of Scallions
1 Tablespoon of minced Garlic
Add salt to taste

Top Video Game Headsets Reviewed – from $45 to $400

A good head set for your system is essential for a good video game experience. I have tried many headsets, and I tend to discard them faster then I should, often upgrading to more than I need. I seem to always be buying newer headsets before I need them; but I have settled on a few I like. Here is a review of 5 top head sets recommended to enhance your gaming fun. These are all compatible with Wii, PSP, Xbox or PC.
Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 Headset. $179.00 This is a wireless headset at a heftier price. This is one of the best wireless headsets on the market. It comes with 2 components: the headphones and a base, which houses all the necessary jacks. Both Dolby Digital and Digital Pro Logic IIx can be chosen from the base. Comes with 7 feet of optical cable for connection, and there’s a digital out port for AV receiver users. The top and earpieces are nicely padded, good foam support.

PROS: Impressive 7.1 surround sound, nice padding, and removable mic.
CONS: Heavy cost. Has a high price tag, and requires AAA batteries (not rechargeable)

Recommended for serious players who feel they need wireless headphones.

Logitech G330 $45.00 The Logitech head-set’s arms grab the back of your head, like a reverse pair of glasses, and the microphone can either be extended or tucked away. The volume control is in-line, meaning it’s located on the chord, down about waist height, and has a clip for your belt. The G330 is very light-weight and works well, with great sound and performance.

PROS: very simple, extremely comfortable, and light-weight. The cost is also a plus, at less than $50.
CONS: The microphone doesn’t shut off when it’s pushed back.

All in all, a good headset, recommended for average to high-level game players who play for up to 2 hours per day.

Razer Piranha. $79.00 srp. A soft, comfortable headphone setup, Razor’s Phranha delivers some great bass and solid game, or movie theater, sound effects. Comes with a nice long chord, and it’s cloth-wrapped to prevent kinks and snags. The padded headset is large, and fits my head wonderfully; they have good balance. It’s snug and easy to adjust, which is important for long play. However, the mic is a bit more difficult to extend or align.

PROS: Low price, comfortable and clear while inexpensive.
CONS: Microphone doesn’t adjust well. Some high notes are too quiet.

Recommended for long-hours of playing, for semi-serious players who play marathon 6 hour sessions. As these cover your whole ears, and will likely be worn for long periods, remember to clean the inside cushions with an alcohol-based cleaner every day before a new use.

Steel Series Siberia V2 $109.99 srp. Held in place by 2 flexible wires, these are extremely comfortable and flexible on your head. USB or mini-jack connection. Its bass is not has prominent as other head phones, but it does produce very clear sound quality. Combat effects were good, but music came out with a less impressive performance. Great sound effects, but soundtracks (music) failed a bit.

PROS: Very comfortable design.
CONS: Weaker bass than other headsets.

Recommended for light gamers and combat-only gamers.

Beyerdynamic MMX300 Digital Premium Gaming Headset. $399 Cushy, comfortable design for long play. Has a noise canceling microphone, USB converter and USB external sound card, along with superb Hi-Fi quality sound. It’s an expensive piece of gear, but built to last. Adjusts well to your head, and the mic is flexible. Very clear sound, and a thunder of bass and sound effects. If you can justify the expense, it’s a great setup.

PROS: Comfort, external USB features, HI-FI sound. Plug and play installation.
CON: the price!

Recommended for professional gamers at this website.

The Benefits of Owing Espresso Machine

The idea of preparing the fancy espresso drinks at home may seem complicated and difficult for many at times. But, the advent of automatic espresso machine has made it easier and faster for coffee lovers to prepare their own espresso drinks at home without difficult and in matter in minutes. There are several benefits in investing and owing your espresso preparing machine for home use. Let’s discuss few of the benefits.

Prepare Shots with Espresso Machine

The primary benefit of investing in Espresso Machine for home is that it allows you to prepare shots of espresso quickly while maintaining its authenticity. These machines are designed with all the features that can deliver you quality and authentically tasting espresso without having to spend fortune. It can prepare as many shots as you want and don’t have to pay the high costs by visiting the coffee shops.

Espresso Machine Saves Money

Soon you will realize that you money is saved because you will avoid going to coffee shops frequently to enjoy your favorite espresso drinks. The Espresso Machine for home use can easily and instantly prepare espresso beverage for you with the cost which you pay at coffee shots. These machines are designed to quickly prepare fancy espresso beverages at home. This will not only save your money, but your precise time as which you would spend for driving to the coffee shops to enjoy an espresso drink. So, it is worthwhile to for you to invest in such machines, especially if you a affectionate of espresso drinks.

It is no longer a challenge for coffee lovers to prepare espresso beverage at home as the Espresso Machine helps them to satisfy their espresso needs right at home and save money. So, find the right model for you home use and start enjoying your favorite espresso at home.