A year ago this month, I began to write this blog. I really did it as a hobby, sort of do-it-yourself therapy because health problems prevented me from working, and I was about to pull my hair out. I didn't really think anyone would read this, and if a few did, I thought they would read it once and forget it. I seem to have insecurity issues. Anyway, never in my wildest dreams did I think that in a year over 500 people on Facebook would have clicked that wonderful little "Like" button. I am shocked, thrilled, and downright bumfoozled. (A good Southern word for when you're way beyond confused.) So, in light of this auspicious occasion, I am doing another giveaway.
So many of my recipes involve seasonings and marinades not found in all parts of the country, so I decided to make up a prize package of some of the things I use the most often. That way, if you can't find these things and don't know if you would like cooking with them, you'll have a chance to try them. Then, if you do like them, I'll be happy to point you to several good websites where you can order these products if you haven't found them yourself. The package includes Spanish-style tomato sauce, Sazon, Adobochon, Adobo con Pimiento, Mojo Criollo, Naranja Agria, and Amarillo. If you notice, I usually buy Goya products, but a lot of that is just habit. In this package the Mojo Criollo and the Naranja Agria are Badia brand, because they come in plastic bottles. We were afraid that Goya's glass bottles could break in shipping. I have also included a tostonera to use for making tostones. And, IMHO, the most awesome thing--your very own "Self-Taught Cook" T-shirt! The shirt as Jorge's idea. It is so cool. BTW, it's a size Large. Not being psychic, we just had to pick a size and hope for the best.
Here's how to enter.....
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So, in light of the fact that the package includes these items, I decided to rerun a couple of recipes that use some of these products.
PUERTO RICAN-STYLE YELLOW RICE (ARROZ AMARILLO)
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. 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.
5 Tbsp canola oil
Looks easy, right? After peeling the plantain, you need to chop it into 5 or 6 pieces.