A good friend of mine, Brenda at Garden of Learning, put together a Gratitude Challenge. The idea is to post for every day in November about something you are thankful for.
So -- Day Ten --
I got a rice cooker! One of those that costs a bit of money -- but not an ultra fancy super expensive one. Just not one of those $5 after rebate jobbies at Walgreens.
I actually got it over the weekend. But we used it for the first time tonight. I threw together some chicken, rice, veggies, and... well, let me back it up a bit.
Back when I lived in Minnesota, I used to cook rice fairly often. On the stove. It turned out decent at least 90% of the time. It was always, at worst, edible. Then we moved to Colorado. I tried making my usual dishes, but the altitude just killed me. I mastered baking fairly quickly, and gradually got to the point that I could make most things again.
But not rice. Every. Single. Time. I cooked rice, it would either still be crunchy, or it would be mush (with a burnt crust on the bottom). I started getting instant rice mixes -- and those would turn out edible, but not RIGHT.
I bought a cheap rice cooker. That gave us edible rice... for about 4 times. Then it would either be crunchy with a burnt crust on the bottom, or mush with a burnt crust on the bottom.
I thought maybe it was just me... so I tried making rice on one of our trips back to ND/MN. It wasn't fabulous, but it WAS edible.
I keep thinking, "I'm a grown woman and am completely capable of figuring this out." So I kept buying rice, then being afraid to use it. You know, because it would either be crunchy or mush, with a burnt crust on the bottom.
So -- I bought a rice cooker. A real one. With a steamer basket, and buttons besides just on and off.
And I used it tonight for the first time... and we all agreed... this was the absolute best rice we have EVER eaten at home. It was perfect. Perfect, I tell you. I can't wait to be able to make jambalaya again. Or to be willing to stir-fry.
Maybe it won't last. But maybe it will. And maybe I'll finally be able to start using that 50-60 pounds of rice we own. (I wish I was exaggerating. WHY do I keep buying rice when I never make any?)