Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Heather says: Winter is officially here and eating seasonally in the winter can certainly be difficult. Well, difficult if you like variety that is. For the most part we’re reduced to vegetables that store well, like squashes and potatoes, along with hardy vegetables from the brassica genus: brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, etc. I’m not … Read more

The Gentle Boil Method for Cooking White Rice

Heather says: [pullthis id=”confession” display=”outside”]I’ll never make it as a hippie. . . I don’t like brown rice. I’ve tried to like it, but I just don’t. [/pullthis] For whatever reason cooking white rice seems to frustrate some people. [pullshow id=”confession”]My favorite way to cook rice is to use a 2:1 ratio, water to long … Read more

Hoppin’ John

Heather says: In my corner of the south, Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s dish believed to bring good luck. I’m not superstitious, but some traditions, like this one appeal to me. Every year on New Year’s Day we serve Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cornbread. Hoppin’ John is a nice, flavorful version of … Read more

Soak Rolled Oats for Better Oatmeal

Heather says: Did you know the package directions for oatmeal (rolled oats) used to include directions for soaking? Eventually these directions were removed as it’s not critical if your goal is to have hot, edible cereal and many consumers are only interested in convenience. Soaked oats give an entirely different character to your morning breakfast … Read more

Freezing Rice, A How To

Dear Home Ec 101, I would like to know if it is possible to freeze cooked rice. I would like to cook a bigger batch and freeze single servings. Cooking a single serving for lunch just takes too much time, but I really don’t like the quicker cooking alternatives. Also, we frequently have stir fry¬†with … Read more