Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something.
- Mitch Hedberg
I really don’t think there’s a better side dish than rice. And in some cultures, it’s the entire meal itself. I’ve learned to appreciate rice over the years in different forms and some of my favorites include:
Slow-Cooked Grade-A Prime Rib with veggies and wild rice
A Rack of BBQ Ribs with fresh cornbread and authentic rice and beans
Lobster Risotto with garlic, chives, saffron, and slivers of white truffles
Tender Goat Curry with homestyle spices on a bed of Jasmine rice
Shrimp Fried Rice with Chinese mushrooms, vegetables, duck
Rice is much more than a bunch of stuff you dump into a cooker and steam for half an hour. With imagination and appreciation of food, you can turn an ordinary dish into something truly special. And if you happen to be a hippie…err, I mean vegetarian, there are great healthy options that taste wonderful.
Great rice dishes start with the rice you cook up. Whether you use a stovetop or a cooker, it’s important to get this first step right.
And once you have your perfectly cooked rice, the sky’s the limit as to what you do next. One of the things I love the most is how well it absorbs different flavors. From soy sauce to garlic-infused oil to fresh herbs and spices – it all works beautifully. Take a look around the site, you’ll find dozens of suggestions to experience rice in a whole new way.
A little bit about me: I’ve always loved cooking and the way food brings people together. Some of my best memories involve food and I’m incredibly thankful to have had some awesome chefs in my life – my mom and aunts in particular. Rice is fascinating to me because it can be so many different things, and it complements my favorite main dishes like nothing else. It’s as simple or as complicated as I want to make – and this degree of variety is important when I’m deciding what to make for dinner.
So I’ll tell you up front that this site makes me a little bit of money, but I invest it back into the site, hiring contributors, finding recipes, and buying new products (ie. rice makers) to review. It’s become a hobby and a side passion project that I want to make as good as possible.
I’ve designed this site the way that I shop – using a straight to the point approach to make things easier. I don’t want to send you on a wild goose chase all over this site, I’d rather you find something great right away. You’ll find price categories and top selection in each one. You’ll also see category for overall size if cost isn’t a factor. Easy peasy, right?