Here's a brand new idea of mine, a treat I'm giving to friends this Christmas, and something I invite you to copy. It's a gift from the kitchen that's a snap to assemble, and keeps in pantry until they're ready to use it. The challenge came from www.LarderLove.com, and I'm happy to contribute this easy recipe. Here's how it looks:
Here's how to make your rice mixture:
2 Cups rice, any kind you choose
4 Tablespoons seasoning (look for spice blends of Cajun, Tuscan, Southwest, Garlic-Herb, Caribbean, etc.)
2 teaspoons bouillon granules, optional, if you want the rice to cook in a broth
Just stir it together in a bowl, then pour it into your container. I used a funnel for these bottles. You could use bottles like the ones I chose, mason jars,
tins, cellophane bags-- whatever you like. Just be sure your container holds at least one cup.
I'm attaching a tag that
says, "Seasoned Greetings! Boil 2 Cups of water, add one cup of rice
mixture, cover and simmer for 30 minutes to make a tasty Italian side
dish! Add butter if you wish. And use the bottle for oil, once it's
empty (it holds 2 cups)" Obviously, that's for the Italian one. Tie on the tag and a fluffy bow, and you have a wonderful Christmas gift!