Last week I posted a recipe for Wheat Berry Salad with Orange Glazed Chicken. Many of you are well aware when cooking certain types of grains it can take hours. It wasn't until I prepared this Wheat Berry Salad that I learned I could utilize my rice cooker to do the task. I thought rice cookers were just for rice!
Babysitting my stove for 1 1/2 hours isn't my idea of fun, especially if walking away can lead to stuck burnt grains on the bottom of my pot. But, I was thrilled to read that there is a cookbook dediciated to all the foods you can prepare in your rice cooker. Now my rice cooker doesn't have to be an appliance that collects dust most of the time but one that can be used often.
Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann who wrote "The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook" share 250 No-Fail recipes from breakfast dishes straight through to dinner and dessert all using your handy little rice cooker.
For those of you that don't have a rice cooker I highly recommend getting one. Up to now I used mine most often when teaching sushi classes to make sushi rice or at home for jasmine rice. Rice comes out perfect every time, and all I have to do is put in the rice with water and turn on - the machine does the rest.
Rice cookers come in a broad range of prices however, you don't have to purchase the most expensive one. In fact, I've seen them for as low as $7 at Walgreens and Target and have personally used those with great success. The one I currently own was given to me as a gift from my sister. It was a bit pricey but works like a charm. I've had mine for probably 20 years.
If you cook any type of grain at all, do yourself a favor - purchase a rice cooker and sign up for my giveaway. Of course if you've already got one you definitely want to enter for your chance to win this fantastic cookbook.
In it's 10th Anniversary edition Hensperger and Kaufmann will help you make Risotto, Polenta, Chilis, Soups, Porridges, Puddings, dishes like Steamed Halibut Steaks and Scallops with Sweet Red Pepper Sauce, Tamales, Poached Dried Figs in Red Wine Sauce among so many others. Who knew your rice cooker could be so versatile? No me!
For your chance to win The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook simply post a comment letting me know why you'd like to win this cookbook, and if you own a rice cooker what dishes you currently prepare in it?
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The giveaway for The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook will be selected at Random on Monday, March 19th, 2012. Please be sure when posting your comment to provide a link where you can be contacted. This way in the event you win The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook I'll be able to reach you for your mailing address.
Remember, if you don't win you can always purchase the book on Amazon.
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