Cheesy Baked Rice With Garlic And Jalapeño Peppers

 

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This recipe was inspired by baked Lasagne. It offers the same creaminess and cheesy flavour similar to a Lasagne with the texture of a creamy Risotto. The addition of the Jalapeño peppers gives it a authentic Mexican mouth-feel. A great dish to create when on budget and when you are pressed for time and just wants to create something tasty and simple for dinner or lunch.

Recipe

Servings 8-10

3 Cups of Cooked White Rice
11/2 Cups of Sour Cream
1 Cup of Mozzarella Cheese (Sliced)
1/2 Cup of Grated Asiago Cheese
2 Tbsp. Garlic (Crushed)
2 Tbsp. Butter
1 Cup of Coconut Milk
1 Can of condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Large Jalapeño Pepper (Sliced)
1 Tbsp. All purpose Seasoning
1 tsp. Pink Himalayan Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. Lightly grease a Non-Stick Baking pan 8x8x5. In a large Bowl mix your Sour Cream, Coconut milk, Cream of Mushroom Soup, All purpose seasoning, salt, pepper, crushed garlic, sliced Mozzarella Cheese, sliced Jalapeño Peppers,  and your 3 cups of cooked rice. Mix well. Pour into your baking pan then add your grated 1/2 Cup of Asiago Cheese. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Then turn on your Broiler and place your Baking Pan closer to your Broiler on the top rack and let the top of your Cheesy Baked Rice turn to a golden brown. Do this for about 4-5 minutes. Take pan out of oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.


 

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Alice Choo-Shee-Nam—Living In Durham Community Blog

Recipe created October 1, 2016

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Fresh Homemade Ricotta Cheese on Belgian Whole Wheat Toasted Bread with delicious toppings

 

Alice Choo-Shee-Nam—Living In Durham Community Blog

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T  O P P i  N G S:

Smoked  Prosciutto, Pepperoncini, Homemade Onion Jelly, Grilled  Peaches

 

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With the Fast Approaching Christmas Season ahead giving your Homemade Ricotta Cheese as a Gift to Family and Friends would be a great idea and quite affordable.

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FRESH & DELICIOUS !

 

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The most satisfying feeling you will have is realizing that you can make your own Homemade Ricotta Cheese and that you have quite a variety of toppings you can use. Here are some additional Topping ideas:

Fresh Olives

Artichoke Hearts

Savoury Dips

Preserves

Jellies

Pates (All sorts)

Fresh Figs

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PEPPERONCINI

RED ITALIAN PEPPERS

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HOMEMADE ONION JELLY

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I created my own Onion Jelly last summer. I like creating my own Preserves and Jellies especially during the summer when all the fresh produce is at it’s highest peak and very fresh and tasty. This Summer I decided not to create any preserves though because I still have some left back. The Shelf Life is good because they are not made in a factory in large quantities. Plus, I was testing the Shelf life of these preserves to see how long they can last for before spoiling so far they are holding up.

This particular onion jelly recipe I had for years. I was watching some Television show that was featuring local artisans in the United States. This recipe originally was created to make the Onion Jelly in large quantities to yield at least 40 jars. I had to “Re-Create” the recipe to only yield me 12 jars. It was tricky but I got it to work. Anyway, I felt something was missing. I decided  to add sweet peppers and habanero peppers to it, to not only add some colour but a bit a “spice” from the hot pepper. Even my 11 year old son Richard, loves it. It’s not too spicy for him.

You can easily pick up Onion jellies at your local grocery store or Gourmet Shop. I try to stay away from store bought preserves. Once again, I guess I am been partial but I prefer to make my own. I can Customize” them to have the right balance of flavour that I like.

Don’t get me wrong. If I visit a Gourmet food store and they have something interesting on the shelf I will try it. I am just saying that, I don’t purchase them often. If you can make your own then, make your own. It is not difficult to make, your temperature needs to be just right though to give you the right consistency when making jellies.

I believe my upbringing is where all this came from.

My Grandmother did her best to make everything if she could.

If she wanted a cake she would bake it herself. If she wanted oil she would grate the coconut and make her own oil. If she wanted “Hot Chocolate” she would pick the Cocoa Pods from the tree she had in her backyard and make her own “Chocolate Rollsand then grate it to makeHot Chocolate.” As a matter of fact she taught me how to make it and it’s the best Hot Chocolate you could ever have in your life.  Yes, I love my Grandmother dearly, she taught me many things, she will always be in my heart, soul and spirit.
Back then my Grandmother was doing what people today in North America are flocking, yes, flocking to do today. They want to harvest their own produce from their own Gardens. Then take their produce and turn it into something special. People are making their own Cheese, making their own preserves, baking their own Artisanal Breads, creating their own Handmade Chocolates, Creating their own Fruit wines and the list goes on. Why are they desiring to do this? They want to know what they are consuming and putting into their bodies. They can monitor and see what ingredients are been placed in their products cutting the risk of been ill. They also want to leave a legacy behind for their families too and pass on that knowledge to their children.

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MY SON AND I LOVE THIS ONE AND WE VOTED AND THE WINNER IS:

FRESH HOMEMADE RICOTTA CHEESE WITH SPICY ONION JELLY!!!
It  tasted so creamy. Not too sweet, not too hot, just right.


 

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Let me just say that I will be making Ricotta Cheese from now on and going into the Christmas Season. I hope you will all be making your own out there as well and passing on the knowledge to your children.

FRESH PLUMS IN THE CENTRE, SMOKED PROSCUITTO AND FRESH HOMEMADE RICOTTA CHEESE

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Urban Loft and Impresario Artisan Market |Canadian Handmade products

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URBAN LOFT & IMPRESARIO ARTISAN MARKET

OWNERS: LAVERNE LUNNY URBAN LOFT & REBECCA BAPTISTA IMPRESARIO

Upon arriving at Urban Loft and Impresario Artisan Market in Port Hope I felt like I had just arrive in New York City Soho District in Lower Manhattan. Soho District in New York City is a location known for many artists lofts, and Art galleries, and for it’s wide variety of shops ranging from trendy upscale boutiques to National and International Chain store outlets.

Urban Loft and Impresario Artisan Market is Soho Chic meets Etsy Crafters all rolled into one

This hip, trendy and cool shop sells a wide and eclectic mix of products. Starting with a extensive line of Home Goods Collection. The store is filled with “Mini Rooms” featuring Canadian Handmade products from a wide array of Local Artisans. Products range from the likes of Furniture, Pillows, Bedding, Dining Furniture and Accessories, Kitchenware, Stationary, Unique one-of-kind gifts, Decorative accents, and Fashionable Clothing, Jewellery, Books, Lighting Fixtures.

“Essentially, all the inspiration and creativity for what you desire for your apartment or your very upscale home or Cottage.”

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Books

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Lighting Fixtures

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The owners of this Enchanting Artisan Market is like a breath of fresh air for those people seeking something unique, hard-to-find and off the beaten path for themselves or as a gift for some deserving recipient. Urban Loft and Impresario is blazing a trail for those people who are unable to travel to say even Downtown Toronto to find that special item for their homes or that unique Handmade Clothing and Jewellery that no one else would have.

An Array of Handmade Jewellery all displayed throughout the Shop.

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Canadian Handmade Clothing

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URBAN LOFT & IMPRESARIO’S
LOOK BOOK

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Eye Candy

Kitchen Accessories
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Decorative rugs and throws

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Decorative one-of-a kind Cushion & Pillows

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GREAT SHOP FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS WHO DO
HOME STAGING OR THOSE LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE PIECE TO SELL THAT HOME.

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Stop in and check out this wonderful Soho Chic and very Trendy and Hip

Artisan Market

in your own backyard. Filled with many surprises you won’t be disappointed.

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