It is Tuesday again and I am babysitting. You know what that means: easy dinner. My pick for tonight is Dirty Rice because 1)I have ground beef I need to use and 2)it is really easy to make. Of course that means I am using a boxed mix because homemade Dirty Rice is not that easy. I have seen a few recipes and there are usually lots of spices and lots of veggies and one even called for chicken gizzards (ick).
I like to use Zatarain's New Orleans Style Dirty Rice Mix. You just brown 1 lb. ground beef (drain off fat), add 2 1/2 cups water and the seasoning mix and rice, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. It is slightly spicy, but even my 5 year old daughter loves it. It makes more than enough for the three of us and is a cheap, easy meal.
I need to go to Allrecipes.com today (like I need an excuse) to find out what cake flour is and if I can make it myself. I have a feeling it is just flour with baking powder and salt added, but we will see. I need it for a recipe for Cheese Squares that I am making for my daughters schools closing program. I also acquired a jar of Savory, which is a seasoning that looks and smells a lot like oregano to me, but I want to find out exactly what that is too.
I love Allrecipes.com and read a few of the blogs they have recently added. I also receive a Daily Recipe email from them. It is a great community for getting and sharing cooking ideas. If you haven't checked it out, you should.