Persian Rice (and Bogaly Rice-Rice with Lima Beans!)

2-6 cups Basmati Rice
Vegetable oil
*if Bogaly Rice* Dill and frozen Lima Beans

First get a big bowl and put as much rice in it as your going to use, then rinse the rice with cold water until the rice water is clear and not milky. Fill bowl up with water and add salt about 2 tablespoons.

When the rice is soaked, after at least an hour
Fill a large pan over half full of water and pour salt going 7 times around. Boil.
Then pour the water out of bowl rice was soaking in and add to boiling water.
Boil until rice dances to the surface and is segmented, around 5 min.
Then strain the rice and rinse with a little cold water.
Then put an equal amount of water and veg. oil at the bottom of the pan, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. **If making Bogoly Rice, put an equal amount of dill and Lima beans in between each rice layer!** Take spoon and gently put rice on the bottom of the pan,carefully spooning it around, making a mound in the middle. When all the rice is in the pan again, take the end of the spoon and make 6 holes to the bottom of the pan in the rice pile.
Cover pan and cook on med-high for 4 min. rotating the pan every 4 min and turning down the heat each time. After about 16 min, add 3 tablespoons of veg. oil and water mix into the 6 holes made previously. Place a paper towel on top of the pan and put dried lid back on pan. Continue to cook rice and turn every 4 min. Do this for about 20 more min and when rice is done, paper towel should be soaked through and rice sould not be sticky!
Spoon rice onto plate, then after rice is out, gather the tudick, or hardened rice at the bottom of the pan. Let that tudick rice cool and harden and bit and enjoy!


Chicken with Artichokes and Angel Hair Pasta

(image and recipe courtesy martha stewart's website)

¼ cup all-purpose flour
6-8 chicken breasts
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup of low sodium chicken broth
1 14oz can artichoke hearts packed in water, rinsed and drained.
2 tablespoons of drained capers (optional)
2 tablespoons of butter
8oz angel hair pasta
½ cup parsley leaves

In a shallow dish, place flour and season with salt and pepper. Coat chicken breast with flour and salt/pepper mixture. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high. Place chicken breast in the skillet and cook until chicken is light golden on both sides and cooked on the inside. While the chicken is cooking cook the angel pasta as directed on the package.
Once the chicken has been fully cooked, transfer chicken to a dish and set aside. Add the chicken broth to the skillet where the chicken was fried and bring to boil; cook until the broth is reduced by half. Then add artichokes, capers and chicken to the chicken broth mixture. Swirl to combine and bring just to a boil. Remove skillet from heat and swirl in butter.
Serve chicken and chicken broth sauce over pasta and topped with parsley.

* To add a bit of more flavor to the meal, I would add some garlic and use seasoned artichokes instead of plain canned artichokes.

Beagle Pizzas

8 beagles cut in half
1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 medium can of pizza sauce
1 bag of small pepperoni sliced (I just got the pepperoni that they sell at the Deli Dept. in IGA)

Cut beagles in half. Pour pizza sauce evenly over bagel halves. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over pizza sauce and add pepperonis on top of cheese. Bake beagle pizza's at 325 degrees until cheese is melted and beagle is a crispy. I love this recipe. I make it when I don't have much time to make a big meal for dinner. I usually serve the pizzas with a side of salad or soup.


Liquid Laundry Detergent

Here is something totally different! This isn't the typical recipe that is shared on this site, but hopefully it can be useful to someone. I had never heard of these ingredients before I made this soap and so I had no idea what I was looking for, I have taken a picture of the ingredients so you won't have the trouble I did. I found everything in the Laundry aisle at my grocery store. I hope the Grenada girls can find what they need as this stuff works WAY better than that awful Breeze detergent. All the ingredients together cost around $5 and will last you for several batches. I have not priced it exactly but I have been told that 1 batch costs less than $1! For my family of 3 and being generous in the amount of soap I use 1 batch lasts me 6 weeks. As you can see in the picture Plastic juice bottles are the perfect storage containers. Can you tell I like it!?

1/3 bar grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup Washing Soda or sodium carbonate (NOT sodium bicarbonate)
1/2 cup Borax

You will need a small bucket (2 gallon size).
Put grated Fels Naptha into a large sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat, until soap melts. Add Washing Soda & Borax. Stir until dissolved & remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Add soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon (16 cups) plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours. It will gel. Use 1/2 cup per load.


Pumpkin Donuts

Dustin's Family Recipe, they are delicious and a perfect touch of fall!

5 eggs beaten
11/2 c sugar
1/3 c melt margarine
1 16oz canned pumpkin
1 Tbl pumpkin pie spice
11/2 tsp salt
1/2tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Beat eggs with sugar until lemony in color
Blend in margarine and pumpkin. Sift together flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Mix with all other ingredients
Cover and chill overnight.
Roll out on heavily floured cloth about 1/4in thick. Cut out and fry in hot oil on both sides until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Roll in sugar and cinnamon to taste.

I found canned pumpkin at Food Fair. Let me know if you loves these as much as we do!