Celebrate National Rice Month!

America has been celebrating the contributions of the U.S. rice industry for 19 years through the National Rice Month program sponsored by the USA Rice Federation.
Initiated by an act of Congress in 1991, National Rice Month helps increase awareness of rice and recognizes the contribution the U.S. rice industry makes to America’s economy.  National Rice Month celebrations will take place across America this September in grocery stores, restaurant, schools and rice-growing communities.
Today, the typical American consumes an average of 25 pounds of rice per year and it’s no wonder.  Rice is a healthy, versatile, economical dish that is sodium and cholesterol-free and contains just a trace of fat.
If you have been following this blog, you may have noticed that we eat a lot of rice at my house.  In honor of National Rice Month, I am reposting my most popular rice recipe.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/8 tsp. BADIA Amarillo Yellow Coloring
1/4 tsp. GOYA® Adobo con Pimiento (With Pepper)
1 packet GOYA® Sazón with Coriander and Annatto (con Culantro Y Achiote)
1 packet GOYA® Chicken Bouillon
1 Tbsp. GOYA® Frozen Recaito, thawed
1/2 C. tomato sauce
2 C. water
2 C. medium-grain white rice
1 Tbsp. diced ham
2 Tbsp. alcaparrado

To effectively cook rice, you need to find just the right pot in which to cook it.  I use a caldero, which is the traditional cooking pot used for cooking rice and other foods in Puerto Rico.  Basically, it’s a Dutch oven.  Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add the next 7 ingredients.  When the water comes to a boil, add the rice.  Turn the rice down to low.  When the water has evaporated until it is level with the rice, add the ham and alcaparrado, stir once, put the lid on and turn heat as low as possible.   Here is what it should look like when the water has evaporated.

Let rice simmer approximately 20 minutes.  Now, you don’t want your rice to be too wet.  This should not be a sticky rice; but, of course, you don’t want it to stick and burn.  The only way this will work is to LEAVE THE RICE ALONE!!  This is very difficult for me.  My usual approach to cooking is to hover over the stove, checking, stirring, sometimes even praying.  With yellow rice, you can’t do this.  Well, you can pray, but you need to do it from a distance.  I have learned that when I turn it down and put the lid on, it’s best to just leave the room.  Really.  You have to do this.  Now, as for alcaparrado, it is a combination of olives, capers, and pimentos.  If you can’t find it in your store, don’t sweat it; just use pimento stuffed olives.  If you can’t find the packets of chicken bouillon, again, don’t worry.  Just use a chicken bouillon cube.  It’s basically the same.

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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )


Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something. – Mitch Hedberg