Green Rice | An Authentic Mexican Food Recipe

greenrice2Oh my gosh… this Green Rice recipe is to die for if you like authentic Mexican Food.  I snagged this Green rice recipe from a wonderful Mexican Food restaurant in Mesa, Arizona.  (I won’t mention the name because I kind of took the back door approach in getting it.)

To say the least… if your want something a bit different than the regular Spanish Rice… give this wonderful Green rice recipe a try.  I can guarantee… you won’t be sorry.

The photos are a little “white” but what can I say…when it’s about rice.  Don’t let the flatness of the photos fool you.

Let’s go!

The ingredients are simple:

1/3 Cup of Olive Oil. (I like the Extra Virgin because it has more flavor for this recipe.)
1 Large Onion (chopped)
2 Cups of Raw White Rice (I prefer long grain rice.  This is not instant.)
1 to 2 Cans chopped green chilies  (I like a stronger chili flavor… so I always use two cans.
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 Cans of Chicken Broth (You will need 4 Cups of liquid… so if you are a little shy with the broth… add water to make up the difference.)
1/2 Cup of fresh parsley (chopped)  (If you don’t have fresh parsley on hand… use 1 Tablespoon of dried parsley for the rice and garnish the top of your dish with something else.
** I have substituted the parsley with fresh cilantro before….  and it’s excellent.

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Pour 1/3 Cup of Olive Oil in the bottom of a large deep fry pan or in a 4 Qt. pot.
Add the chopped Onions and saute.

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Add 2 Cups of Raw rice.  Brown the rice until golden.  This only takes a few minutes.  Stir frequently so the rice won’t scorch.

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Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder… 1 teaspoon of salt…. and one or two cans of diced green chilies…depending on your taste.

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Add 4 Cups of liquid… the chicken broth and water.

Bring to rolling boil.  Place the lid on your pan and move the pan to a burner turned on low so the rice can steam for 30 to 40 min.  The time may vary because of your stove.

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While your rice is cooking.  Put your parsley or cilantro into a cup and cut into small pieces with your scissors.

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When the rice is done… toss in 1/4 Cup of parsley or cilantro.  Toss the rice until it’s fluffy and separated.

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I put my rice into a bowl and pop it into the microwave to reheat…just before serving.   Then I garnish the top with fresh tomatoes and the rest of the parsley or cilantro

Take this Green Rice recipe to your next potluck supper and watch them rave.

Enjoy!

Til Later,

Kathy Griffiths

P.S.  I have a confession to make.  I always double this recipe because a single recipe of Green Rice in not enough for my family and friends.

Canning and Preserving For Long Term Storage

whole-tomatoesBoy, the canning season is upon us… for those who like to preserve goods for the winter and long term storage.  I’ve been waiting for the tomatoes to appear in abundance so I can get my tomato canning completed.  The weather here in Utah has been so cool that everything is ripening two weeks late.  The peaches are just beginning to appear also.

If you’re into canning and preserving… check out my new site  Canning and Preserving.  I’ve dedicated the site to my grandma Ella and my momma, Evelyn, who were the best canners in the world.   They were both from Georgia… so I’ve added a little southern flare here and there to make it interesting.  Also.. if your are into using herbs…. my sister Sheila’s site is the place to go for Easy Herb Gardening. Lots of good ideas there.

Well, off to see if there are any ripe peaches available for making peach slush or cobbler.

Til Later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Canning and preserving food for long term storage is part of my family’s traditions.  I notice that it’s not as popular as it once was.  Do you can and preserve food?  How to you prepare for long term storage?  I’d love to hear your ideas.

Democracy Or Republic

Amid all the political fervor in the last year, I’ve become very interested in the founding of our nation.  I’ve seen HBO’s John Adams at least six times.  To bad I wasn’t this interested in history when I was in school.  My American history teacher would have been please.

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None the less… this zeal has put so many things into perspective for me.  I’ve come to more fully appreciate our Constitution and living in the United States Of America.

I have made several trips to China and was so grateful to return to this nation.  When we landed in San Francisco, I had to resist kneeling in the terminal and kissing the ground.

Growing up… I recited the Pledge of Allegiance everyday during my grade school years.  Never quite understanding what a Republic was.  I was always told that we were a Democracy and I meshed the two words together in my mind.

A number of years ago, I came to learn that they are not one in the same.  We are not a Democracy but a Republic and they are very different.

I could explain what a learned… but I ran across a Video that explains the difference better than I ever could.

Take a minute and do yourself a favor and watch this outstanding video to get a better understanding of the types of governments that reside on this planet.  We are so blessed to have a Republic as our forum of government.

Once you’ve watch it…. forward the link to this blog post to a friend.

Til Later,

Kathy

P.S.  I’ve sent this video to my kids and grands.   We must preserve our Republic as was set up by our founding fathers.  Why? It just plain works!

Oh Say Can You See… – 4th Of July

“Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light…..”  Miss Hyatt, my second grade teacher, had the greatest impact in teaching me about patriotism.

She was a patriot from the word go.  She loved the flag, George Washington, The Constitution and all the patriotic songs.  So… we learned all the songs… from the Star Spangle Banner, My Country Tis Of Thee, to American The Beautiful and… everything in between.

I will be forever grateful to Miss Hyatt and her tenacity.  She created in me the desire to know more about the early history of this country.  I have always loved the historical stories of those early pioneers of liberty.

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After watching the HBO presentation of John Adams this past year, my interest in learning more about our Founding Fathers has been renewed.  (If you haven’t seen it yet… put it on your viewing list.  It’s a must.)

I admire John Dickenson, who courageously stood for his conviction, being unmoved, even though it was not popular with the Continental Congress.

I’m impressed with Dr. Benjamin Rush for his diligence and kindness.  He and one other doctor were the only ones who stayed in Philadelphia to to administer help those who were ill with yellow fever.  He did so, knowing that there where those who sot to take his life because he had signed the Declaration of Independence.

I revere Thomas Jefferson, who at the age of 32, penned the Declaration of Independence with such perfection that it stands today as one of the greatest documents ever written.

I could go on and on.  On this day… I’m truly grateful for those who risk they homes, property, and lives to bring us today’s freedom.

I found this video that expresses what I feel today.  It’s short and touching.

Til Later,

Kathy

P.S.  Today at church, a young Marine, just returning from Iraq, bore his witness to the work of freedom in that far off land.  It was heart lifting.

Where Is Miss Manners?

Where is Miss Manners when you need her?

Remember when dinning manners were taught in school as well as home? Remember when your mom use to say… “Where are your manners!” when you talked with your mouth full? Remember when it was frowned upon to lick your fingers at the dinner table?

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Well, this week I’ve seen it all… in a local buffet restaurant. From licking a plate, to licking fingers to licking a whole hand. I thought by the time I got out of there… I would be nuts. (It wasn’t just one person… it was several adults and children.)

Do you remember the Miss Manners column in the local news paper? Everything from table manners to dating etiquette was written about. We need that column today! Bring Miss Manners back!

I remember being taught table manners in Jr. High school. Everything from how to put your napkin in your lap to which piece of flatware you used first. In fact…table manners was one of my favorite lessons.

My folks expected good dining manners at home so the Jr. High lessons were just a bit of frosting on the cake. At home, we didn’t slouch or put our elbows on the table. The proper way to cut our food with a knife was taught in our home. In other words my folks taught and expected proper table etiquette.

As I look around and see a decline in general respect… it has certainly spilled over to the dinning room… at least at the restaurant this week.

However… in perspective…more folks were on top of their dinner manners that day than were not. Most adults and children were respectful and showed excellent table etiquette. Thanks goodness.

It was a reminder to me to be aware of my own table etiquette and general respect for myself and others. Teaching table manners begins at home and example is the best teacher. I don’t want my grands witnessing poor manners and table etiquette from me.

Just a little rant for today.

Til Later,

Kathy Griffiths

P.S. Are you Miss or Mr. Manners in your home? I bet you are!

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