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Rice

Rice is a staple in most homes. For me, growing up included rice almost every other day. I never got tired of eating it. Now, I love to eat rice with some soy sauce and nori. Or I will steam some veggies and top with sriracha sauce. But that is just me! My dear husband gets tired of eating just plain rice. So I try to cook recipes that rice is the after thought and not the star. But I do always return to my favorite plain steamed rice! Why not try something different than your regular steamed rice? Cook up one of the following recipes today!

Caribbean Rice & Beans

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 I have said before that I love Caribbean food, especially food from the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Something about plantains, stewed meat, and rice & beans…you have to eat it to really know! Thankfully you don’t have to travel far, only to your local grocery store and into your kitchen. We have tried so many different versions of Rice & Beans. Some are dry, some do not use coconut milk, others have super mushy beans. This was my first time making Rice & Beans. I wanted to get the flavor profile right without adding too much or too little of something.

My DH said that these were by far the best Rice & Beans he has ever eaten. I thought he was just being overly kind until he finished the pot…

Delicious Rating: I usually do all my prep with a good ol’ fashion chef’s knife but you can save some time by using a food processor. I thought that this easy recipe was good, not my all time favorite. I found it to be a bit wet for my taste. I don’t want dry Rice & Beans but not moist either. Although my DH says they are the best we have ever eaten something was missing for me. I could really have been the meal profile. I only made rice & beans, when usually they are served with some meat and plantains, so that may have been missing for me. Otherwise, please try out this recipe and let me know what you think of it. I love the bell peppers adding color to it. I will definitely make these again with an adjustment on the coconut milk: adding more water and less milk.

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Puerto Limon’s Roxy’s – Fried Chicken and Rice & Beans

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Hands down the best fried chicken I have ever eaten was in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. OMGoodness! Crunchy, juicy, and finger licking good. No wonder people in the Caribbean are so happy, they have some of the best food! In the downtown of Puerto Limon there is a little restaurant called Roxy’s. Serving typical Caribbean cuisine, the locals form a long line outside to get in for lunch. That is what attracted us. Out of many options, I chose the fried chicken, rice & beans, fried plantain, and a cool Fresca. About $7 bucks for the plate and well worth every bite.

Besides it being the best fried chicken, the rice & beans also are noteworthy. Not dry or over cooked. Neither was the coconut overwhelming. A perfect accompaniment to the chicken. Although I cannot master the exact dish, here are some pretty good easy recipes to follow:

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Bibingka Malagkit

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babingka malagkit

So simple and yet so delicious to satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Bibingka, or as I like to call it “Balokbakba”, is a Filipino sweet cake. The varieties are endless using so many types of ingredients. Add Malagkit, sweet sticky rice, to the equation and you now have a sweet rice cake-Bibingka Malagkit.

Usually my craving for something sweet hits head on around 7pm but I never feel like waiting for the rice to cook or/and having to bake it so I save it for another day. This time however, I wised up and made it for lunch, that way it would be ready for the evening attack. There are many different ways to make this Filipino dessert, so I accredit this great recipe to my sister!

Delicious Rating: Easy recipe to make & bake & clean-up is a breeze. It is Delicious through and through. Seriously, I wish one of the tiers on my wedding was Babingka! It is that good. Simply Delicious…

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