A while ago I discovered the secret to restaurant quality Mexican rice. Like most Americans, I had been putting all of the ingredients into the pot with the raw rice and cooking everything together. Sometimes the rice would come out perfect, but most of the time it would come out as a sticky mess. The secret is to cook the rice separately and then stir it into the sauce.
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Adapted from a Dirk Niepoort recipe
Jan is meeting her knitting group for their yearly holiday knitting and gift exchange party, so no fancy Sunday dinner this week. Eilene is off to have dinner with friends, so it is just Jan and I for dinner tonight. Jan has requested beef stew because it makes such good leftover for weekday lunches.
This week end we are having a lot of company. Pat and Barbara, Jan’s high school friends (actually she has known Barbara since second grade) are coming to the quilt festival and staying two nights. The following day my sister Karen will be spending the night. This leaves me with lots of planning and cooking to do.
Adapted from *Parsley* (Food.com)
This week’s challenge started when Jan and I were watching “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.” One of the featured dishes was Lebanese Za’atar Pizza. I made this for dinner the next night and it was such a hit that Jan wanted a Lebanese meal built around it for Sunday.
I like to have lamb for my birthday, preferably Greek Barbequed Lamb. Tuesday is my “Big 6-0,” so I really wanted something with lamb. There is a Winter Spare the Air Alert for San Jose, so BBQ was not possible. I decided to do a lamb stew instead, Greek of course. I looked at many “Greek Lamb Stew” recipes on-line, and while many of them seemed good, I thought I could do better.