Timer

LOL i tried to use the timer on the Zoji today. The directions are totally unclear. I can’t tell if setting it for 3:00 means it will be done in 3 hours or done at 3pm. I think it’s the former, but I didn’t have time to find out, so I just cancelled the timer and cooked it the normal way. Making rice to use in a curried salad tomorrow.

Cookin’

Had a cookathon this afternoon. I made Rustic Farro Soup with Sausage and Mushrooms. It’s from the Whole Foods recipe app. Very tasty, even if it is mid-July. I used kale instead of escarole and it turned out great.

I also made Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars and discovered a great new tool. The bars are from The Daily Cookie cookbook by Anna Ginsburg. The author recommends lining pans with nonstick foil. It works like a charm. You can just lift the whole recipe of cookies out of the pan and cut them neatly. I had never used this foil before and I was totally impressed with it. All in all, a good cookin’ day!

Made some yummy rice

I used the recipe for Fiery Pineapple Rice from The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook with some slight changes. I used:
1 1/2 C white Basmati rice
3 C water
1/2 C chopped unsweetened dried pineapple
1/2 tsp salt
1 seeded and finely chopped jalapeno
Cook all the above in the rice cooker until it reaches the keep warm cycle. At the keep warm signal, stir in:
1/4 C chopped cilantro
1/3 C chopped roasted cashews

My only disappointment was that I thought the dried pineapple, which is SO good uncooked, lost a little flavor in the cooking process. I’d definitely make this again, and I think I’d like to try it with dried apricots.

Polenta

Made my very first polenta. I debated making it in the Zoji, but the directions for that weren’t the clearest and it seemed like it would take a long time. So I did it the old fashioned “stir constantly” way and it was done in 15 minutes. Gave my arms a workout. We’ll see how it tastes tomorrow. I’m making something from iCookbook Diabetic with black beans and salsa to go on the polenta.

Steamin’

I used the Zoji to steam some potatoes tonight and I was pleased with the results. It took a little longer than I thought, so I just need to get adjusted to the timing. The dish I made was good, but I was the only one who liked it. LOL, I guess goat cheese isn’t going to be a family fave! Live and learn.

The Finished Salad

Yowza! That was good! Skip back two posts for the recipe. I only made 2 changes:
Used white balsamic vinegar in the dressing
Couldn’t grill corn so I used the TJ’s frozen Roasted Corn

The dressing for this salad is great. You really taste the orange juice and peel and it had that little kick from the cayenne.