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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Simple Philosophy ~ Rice Cooker Meal w/ Chicken ~ Spicy Roasted Almonds

Good 29º frozen morning! Got a late start, slept in until 7:30! When I got up the geese were greeting me first thing...

They flew right down when I went outside to toss them some old crackers and cracked corn.

This from my friend Jon Ainsworth .... (Simi Valley PD ret, not 'Semi Valley'! )
"This is a deceptively simple philosophy that I have been working on and refining for most of my life. I am delighted to say that I have refined it down to it's essence and I can share it with a select band of friends who may appreciate it's elegance and simplicity:"

For some really good news.... I asked my State Farm Agent about a re-fi at a lower rate on my house. My agent (Brian!) is getting me 2 percentage points lower than what I have and will save me about $5600 a year, which over 15 years is $84,000! Holy cow! State Farm Bank is good! My agent is good! Going to sign the paperwork today.

Historically this date....

1959Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.

1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.

2005 – The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute.

2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

And births this date include....
1909Hugh Beaumont, American actor (d. 1982)

1909 – Richard McDonald, American fast food entrepreneur (d. 1998)

1921 – Vera-Ellen, American actress (d. 1981)

1935Sonny Bono, American entertainer politician (d. 1998)

1954 – Margaux Hemingway, American actress and model (d. 1996)

1959John McEnroe, American tennis player

Dinner, another experiment, sort of...

Into the rice cooker goes a cup of quinoa sprouted rice blend, some brown red and wild rice blend, dried mushrooms, sticky red rice, Simply Asian seasoning, and about 2/3 carton of chicken broth. Then topped that with spinach, diced tomato, broccoli slaw, and baby carrots. On goes the lid and push the start button!

Rice cookers are just the handiest contraptions!!

Then I mixed Panko crumbs with some Blazin' Blends seasoning that Edda sent me. (Thank you E!) I coated a chicken breast and fried it in olive oil.

Dinner..... success and OUTSTANDING!


If you haven't had your eyes washed out lately, you have to watch this .....

All I know. Nuff said. Taqueria Mexico later with friends for food...... and one of their GIANT margaritas!
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 16th
National Almond Day





Spicy Roasted Almonds

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups whole almonds
Coarse salt to taste

Melt the butter slowly in a medium-size saucepan and stir in the spices. Add the Worcestershire sauce and the nuts. Stir until the almonds are well-coated with the butter mixture.
Turn the nuts out onto a shallow baking sheet (no need to grease it) and roast the nuts in a preheated 350° oven for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with coarse salt.
Serve warm, or if you prefer, cool the nuts and store them in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Makes 3 cups.

or go here................


Anonymous said...

Wow, dinner looked so good. I think we need a bigger rice cooker. They are great fun, and easy. That spice you put on the chicken, is there an address on the back? Would like to send for that.
By the way, Joe's comment on yesterday's blog was great. LOL
Amazing how the geese actually fly towards you. You are such a nature gal, I love it.
See ya later. xo

Oregon Sue said...

I Googled the product, Blazin' Blends New Orleans Style Seafood & Chicken Seasoning... and it came up for sale on Amazon. Says, only 1 set of 3 left.

C U later. xoxox

Anonymous said...

mmmmmm Have a giant Maggie for me!!:)
I have a rice cooker but rarely use it. Never thought of putting veggies in it. However, as I recall Eric uses it to steam veggies. Oh I am just not creative but you sure are! Love the looks of that meal! mmmmm
The only time I bought Panko it tasted and smelled rancid. Didn't now how it was SUPPOSED to smell and taste. I had to get it off a high shelf so maybe it had been there for a long time.

Have fun today at lunch! Know you will!!

XOX Trisha

Oregon Sue said...

T, be sure and try the Panko again. SO good for breading anything. What you got must have been too old. Will toast you with the GIANT maggie!!! xo

Lydia said...

Another inspiring blog of what to try in the kitchen. Have never used a rice cooker- but given the demographics of where we live- there are tons of models to check out. Now that I know they aren't just for rice- will strongly consider.

I usually make my own bread crumbs- but when I don't have a ready stock- I do use Panko with great success.

Oregon Sue said...

This rice cooker Jerry and I bought in Little Tokoyo (Los Angeles neighborhood) in 1974. It certainly has served me well for 38years! I always only used it for rice, but then had a 'steamer' I put vegetables in. Silly, didn't need the steamer. Of course it's long gone and the National Rice Cooker is still honkin' on!