Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni


I used to love Rice-A-Roni. I remember eating a lot as a kid and always being excited to see it on the table. Then when I started cooking for my own family, I relied on those boxes of rice fairly frequently. Once my husband and I made the decision to start eating from scratch 95% … Read more

Mushroom Risotto


Risotto is one of those dishes that I’ve always been a little too intimidated to attempt. I was under the impression that it required constant baby-sitting and that it could get ruined in an instant. But after spending weeks addicted to watching Hell’s Kitchen with my husband during our at-home date nights, I just couldn’t … Read more

Lemon Infused Rice Pilaf with Peas


The kids have really been enjoying anything with a lemon flavor lately. They are so into that taste at the moment that they have been begging for wedges of lemons to suck on. So I wanted to use that to my advantage and see if I could turn rice into a winner of a side … Read more

Southwestern Rice Salad


I have wanted a nice side dish for tacos and other Mexican-inspired dishes for a long time. Refried beans and Spanish rice are great, but I have yet to find a recipe that really compares to those side dishes that we can get at our favorite local Mexican restaurant. So we decided that those dishes … Read more

Versatile Baked Brown Rice Balls


These rice balls are not very traditional. From what I’ve seen, there are two traditional styles of rice balls – Italian ones made with risotto then deep fried and Japanese ones made with sushi rice. Both sometimes have fillings as well. While I love the idea of both, I really prefer more versatile side dishes, … Read more