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Tasty, Zingy, and Spicy: The Perfect Spanish Rice Recipe

 

Finding the perfect Spanish rice recipe is like finding a winning lottery ticket. An ideal complement to Mexican entrees such as enchiladas and tacos as well as to steak and chicken, Spanish rice can be deliciously tasty with a spicy kick, adding an ethnic, exotic flair to any meal. Even better, it does not take much preparation and cooking time is quite short, making it a go-to recipe when short for time.

To make the perfect Spanish rice recipe, the right Spanish Rice Products must be acquired. Good quality medium or long grain white rice is the base of any great rice recipe. Chicken stock, olive oil, garlic, onion and either some tomato paste or diced tomatoes round up the recipe. To season it, oregano powder and salt are used, since cooking the rice in the chicken stock with the addition of the garlic and onion infuses each grain with flavor.

Preparing the rice for cooking takes only about five minutes. The onion should be chopped into small pieces and the garlic should be minced finely. Once all the ingredients are gathered, the rice is ready for cooking. The white rice should be browned in the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the rice begins to brown, the onion and garlic can be added, stirring often until the onions become soft and translucent. This normally takes about four minutes.

Meanwhile, the stock can be heated in a different pan. Once the stock is simmering, the tomato paste or the diced tomatoes can be added, along with the oregano and the salt. Finally, the browned rice is added to the pan. Once all the ingredients are simmering, the pan is covered, the heat is lowered and the mixture is left to cook for about 15 to 25 minutes depending on the type of rice used.

Depending on the level of spiciness desired, Spanish rice recipes can also include a variation of other ingredients. For example, a nice mixture of different peppers, such as red bell, poblano, jalapeño and Serrano pepper, can add particular zest to the recipe. This can also be achieved by adding cayenne pepper. Using chili in the recipe also provides a nice spicy taste.

Other additions to the recipe can include sliced pitted black olives, cumin, cilantro, paprika and even Monterrey Jack cheese. Once the basic perfect Spanish rice recipe is achieved using the right Spanish rice products, the creative chef can simply play around with the additions to create a recipe unique to his tastes.

There are many recipes for Spanish rice available, and often, a process of trial and error becomes necessary to find the right recipe. Great Spanish rice cannot be bland or weak tasting, so finding the right balance of all the ingredients is the key to creating an unforgettable meal that keeps everyone asking for more and even better, asking for the recipe. With this easy to make, simple Spanish rice recipe, that delightful meal is only a few minutes away.

Daddy and Z at Quezon Memorial Circle

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We spent the afternoon at Quezon Memorial Circle last Sunday.  It was our second time there and as usual we had so much FUN!  Daddy had to jam with his music buddies so he had to go to the other side of the Circle but before that he  spent time with his little boy and taught him how to go across the monkey bars.  Just look at how happy his Dad was while helping Z conquer his fear.  I thought I didn’t have some good photos from last weekend but I’m glad I have this.  Don’t worry Z, Daddy will be there to always help you!

BC Bloggers 3

I’ve been receiving lots and lots of inquiries about when BC Bloggers will open again. Although I want it to be opened all year round, to keep my sanity I need to stop accepting applicants from time to time. I love it that I’m receiving a lot of emails but because of my work I can’t respond to your questions all the time.

That’s why I have been racking my brain on how to make this easy for me and for everyone. I have minimum technical skills but fortunately, I have my fellow BC Bloggers to inspire me. I was browsing Just Simple Thoughts‘ blog when I came upon her Contact Form which in turn gave me this wonderful idea! Thanks for the inspiration,sis! :)

So now I’m opening BC Bloggers 3 for everyone! You don’t need to email me anymore. At BC Bloggers we don’t have to beg for links, remember?

So what do you need to do? Just follow these simple steps and you’re in.

1. Copy this post below to invite other bloggers to join. You can add more text but be sure to add this somewhere in your post. The HTML code for the post can be found below.

Calling all bloggers who want to gain friends in the blogosphere and build links at the same time – BC Bloggers 3 is now open. To join just visit Mommy Diary, read the requirements, and fill out the Application Form.

2. Put the BC Bloggers badge in your sidebar. You can find the code below.


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3. Once you have done steps 1 and 2 fill out the Application Form. One blog for each form. If you have another blog to add then fill out a new form and submit. Please be careful when putting your blog url especially in HTML format. I am not responsible if you put the wrong link this time.

That’s it everyone. Let’s go out and find new friends in the blogosphere. We have just concluded the successful BC Bloggers party and I’m thinking we can do a meme that’s monthly instead of weekly. You have a lot to miss if you don’t join so JOIN NOW.

BC Bloggers’ Party – Get To Know the BC Bloggers

I’m so happy this week because of two reasons.

First, BC Bloggers 2 just concluded and it was a success!  To date 85 bloggers and 250 blogs have joined BC Bloggers’ Secret.  Isn’t that great?  My husband was telling me he’s been seeing the BC Bloggers badge E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!    Also, I want to thank you for all your kind words about BC Bloggers. It really flatters me to no end to hear you talk about how BC Bloggers helped your blogs.  I take no credit as this wouldn’t be a success without your participation, for being patient with me even if I ask you to redo your list just after you have finished putting it up.  hehe  So thank you to all of you,  BC Bloggers, if it wasn’t for you this wouldn’t be such a tremendous success.

Now for the second reason why I’m happy this week. Guess what? It’s going to be my birthday! Whee! I’m going to be a year older on April 15th but this time around I’m super excited. Why am I excited? Because for the first time in my blogging career (naks! just indulge me please) I will be celebrating it with my fellow bloggers. I’ve decided to organize the first every BC Bloggers’ Party!

Putting each other’s links in our blogroll makes no sense if we don’t get to know each other.  That’s why I came up with th BC Bloggers’ Party.  Don’t worry I assure you it’s going to be fun, fun, funIf you thought joining BC Bloggers was a great idea  joining BC Bloggers’ Party would be more important than that.

At BC Bloggers you gained unfamiliar links in your blogroll but here at the BC Bloggers’ Party  we will get to know each other, your blog will gain visitors and if you put in a little bit effort you’re visitors will keep coming back for more.  Who knows you’ll even find some BLOGGER FRIENDS and FANS out there because of this.

What will happen at the BC Bloggers Party?

1. Post something about yourself.  This is the time to promote yourself  so post something interesting, funny, something that others will remember you and your blog for.  I know we have at some point posted something like this before in our blogs but if no one read it before (sad but true!  you have put together a great post, put lots of effort but only get one comment or two) this time around it will be read by your fellow BC Bloggers so that ought to make a HUGE difference!

This is the time to brag!  If you have something to brag about then by all means, brag about it! Brag about your family (we would love to meet them), your pets, your work/career, your achievements, your blogs or your blog’s cause, your house or where you live,  what you’re passionate about, and even your products that you sell! There are no rules here just tell us everything you want to be remembered for.  Don’t forget to posts pictures this will make your post more interesting to read.

2. Grab the BC Bloggers’ Party Badge and put it before your post


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2. I want to put together a summary of the BC Blogger’s profiles which I will post here in my blog and which I’m hoping you would also post in your blog. So after posting send a short description about yourself like this,

Paula – Blogging her way out of boredom since 2008, working at home while trying to raise her family, founder of BC Bloggers.”

Or something to that effect – I’m sure you can write something more creative to promote yourself. Don’t forget to link your name to your post about yourself! Only one link is allowed per description please.

We are of course, BC Bloggers, so I will give you enough time and I will wait until Sunday for your post (post it in your blog of choice) and your description (send it to my email sweetypaula@gmail.com).

Goodluck BC Bloggers! I’m sure we can do this.

P.S. Don’t forget to greet me on my birthday this Thursday! LOL!