Post # 17
Good for you for being ready and will to do something that you are not exactly comfortable with for your new DH!!!!!! If you are looking for some super easy recipes that are so delicious try crock pot recipes you can find tons on allrecipes.com and read reviews from people who have cooked them before. Also foodwishes.com is amazing. The guy that does the videos is a real chef and he is pretty funny too. Good Luck. And remember practice makes perfect.
Post # 18
@FutureMrsMcK I have a friend that could not and I mean could NOT make minute rice… we used to really joke about it. lol
@USAandKSA thanks! I’ve actually enjoyed cooking for DH since getting married… something that during our engagement wasn’t going very well. He was pretty picky and it made me feel pretty insecure. Then I told him that as long as he was like that I wasn’t cooking… lol. He took a step back and really started affirming me in it and it’s been great ever since! As one of my favorite pastors talks about affirming your spouse and NOT being the “cheerleader from hell” lol… =D I’m excited as I’m sure that even if I mess it up he’ll tell me I’m awesome!lol
Thanks so much again ladies! I’m feeling WAY better about it now =)
Post # 20
Yeah if you eat rice a lot buy a rice cooker. we have one and its awesome…
Post # 21
Sounds very yummy!
Don’t worry too much about it, he should appreciate your hard work! I’ve learned how to tell if my husband actually likes a meal. If he doesn’t, he says it’s “fine” and if he does he’ll act more excited and ask me to make it again. That way I know what he likes.
Post # 22
You can do it, girl! We have faith in you! ;]
I’m the same way with cooking for Fiance, though–although we’ve been together almost 10-and-a-half-years, I still get nervous in the kitchen. Okay, so maybe that’s partly to do with the fact that he’s a chef, and my stuff will never, EVER compare to what he whips up, but still.. *sigh*.
Post # 23
If you have never cooked before, you might get a subscription to Everyday Food. That’s the super, super simple Martha Stewart magazine. The recipes are very simple, healthy, and use season ingredients (the May issue will have recipes using fruits/veggies that are in season).
I’m assuming that you are young and are just starting life on your own and don’t have a lot of kitchen tools yet? The receipes won’t require too much in that regard.
They even put together a week of menues and provide a shopping list for it.
Post # 24
Thanks ladies.. we’ll see here shortly how it went!
@Jeaninne @ Small Chic thanks I actually have a few different things I really enjoy making and am not too foriegn to the kitchen and like trying new things… Spanish rice is just one of those things…. pfft I know mexicans that still can’t get it right! lol
@artbee yep he sure will… he’s awesome like that! =D
Post # 25
@brighteyedgirl yea if DH was a chef I’m sure he’d have to REALLY up the affirmation for me to be comfortable. lol… or better yet he’d do all the cooking. bwahahah
Post # 26
I’m not sure if spanish rice is the same as regular rice – but I totally forgot I learned a FOOL PROOF way to make rice.
Depending on the grain – you wash the rice (takes away the extra starch) – actually, you rinse it about 3 x’s so the water isn’t cloudy anymore.
Then, put the rice in the pan – and fill the pan with water, so that if you put your pinky finger into the water (parallel to the water) the water level should reach the first fold of your pinky finger.
I learned that in a Thai-themed cooking class. I usually do a 1 cup rice to 2 cups water ratio… but that’s about right.
I have no idea if that will work for spanish rice, but it sounds about right.
….LOL … ok – I’m having all these epiphanies as I type: DH used to make spanish rice all the time (I can never replicate it) – he toasts the rice in oil, before he adds water. I can ask him for his method, if yours doesn’t come out right tonight. If not tonight – 3rd times the charm, right?
Post # 27
@oracle yea I “fried” it first and yes… I’m up for all options if this time didn’t work. I REFUSE to be beat by the rice! lol
up next will be homemade tortillas… presidents faces anyone? BWAHAHAHA
Post # 28
Luckily Fiance has always been very supporitive of my efforts. Sometimes he’ll try to teach me little tips/tricks, but I’m such a fumbler, lol.. I’m so lucky he puts up with me. ;]
Post # 29
THE RESULTS ARE IN………………….
It wasn’t perfect but DH likes it!
I think it’s kinda “crunchy”… not really that bad but some of them are still kinda hard. DH assured me that sometimes… even his mom and fam have made crunchy rice batches BUT that’s okay b/c it has a good flavor!
So… this time came out better than last and hopefully the next will be even better!
Thanks so much for all the encouragement Bee’s… ya’ll are pretty awesome! =)
Post # 30
Glad to hear it turned out okay! Next time will be even better 🙂
Post # 31
I just made some spanish rice for dinner and it turned out perfect. I think the two keys are to spend a lot of time toasting the rice over medium high heat….like until all the grains look white and not skimp on the oil while you are toasting. Then cook the rice in a wide pan – like a saute pan with a lid rather than a deep pot. I added the liquid, let it come to a roiling boil and then immediately knock the heat back as low as it will go and put a lid on it. I set the timer for 20 minutes, came back to stir it a few times, and then let it steam for 10 more minutes off the heat with the lid on. Perfect fluffy rice! The hard part is being patient enough to toast the rice long enough, but that is what my Mexican friends always warn me about! I’m usually too impatient.