Kitchen Know-How: The Fluffiest Rice Ever

How to make the perfect fluffy rice without the rice cooker! It’s so easy!!

How to Make the Perfect Rice without Rice Cooker Kitchen Know How: The Fluffiest Rice Ever

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! We had a lot of rain, so we stayed indoors for most of the time. That means popcorn, movies, books, lots of baking and maybe some laundry. icon smile Kitchen Know How: The Fluffiest Rice Ever

I had a conversation with my friends lately about rice. Crunchy rice to be exact.
How many times you have you cooked rice to find that it was still crunchy? I have been there…
There is nothing worse than a crunchy rice.
Well, maybe lack of chocolate in your day.
But we are talking rice today. So let’s focus, because this is life-changing!

We make lots of stir fry dinners during Summer. There is veggies galore at the Farmer’s Market and it’s a fabulous way to enjoy them.

Two rules to remember when cooking rice:
1. Rice to water ratio is always 1:2. That means 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water. Always!
2. If you toast the rice before adding the water, it will always cook fluffy. Always!

I have been cooking rice this way for several years now and it always works.

Okay, I think I convinced you by now that this tip is at least worth the try. icon smile Kitchen Know How: The Fluffiest Rice Ever

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In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.

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Add the rice and toast it until it looks like this.
You don’t want all the grains to be browned, but a mix of both.

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Add the water. Pour slowly as it will steam up. Be careful!
The pot is hot at this point so the water will start cooking right away.

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Bring it to a boil.

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Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and let cook until the water is absorbed and rice is cooked. It takes about 10 – 12 minutes.


I hope you will try this tip and enjoy the fluffiest rice ever! Let me know, if you do. icon smile Kitchen Know How: The Fluffiest Rice Ever

Perfect Fluffy Rice Kitchen Know How: The Fluffiest Rice Ever


Homemade Marshmallows

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Husbands hate shopping.

It’s proven scientifically, people!

The roll of the eyes, when you say “we are out of  ketchup and coffee.” Because they know what’s coming. They know that ketchup is only the tip of the iceberg. They know that you will stop in the clearance section and browse the clothing department. Don’t even mention the kitchenware!

Ohh, the kitchenware.. Have you seen Wilton’s new baking gadgets line? I love the yellow handles! ( swoon )

Aaaaanyways, MY Husband hates shopping. Browsing the aisles, searching for a new kind of the product – that does not have any appeal.

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Women looooove shopping. I love shopping!

Sure I have a list with me. I always shop with my kids, so I need the list like my right arm. Otherwise, we would be eating scrambled eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But I love to browse. I tend to drift off from our route into a bakeware section. Or cheese section. Or fruit stands!

The clearance sign – it’s all it’s fault I say. You are thinking: it’s on sale! It’s a great deal! I am getting it!
I have been there, ladies. Because, when you buy on sale – it’s like you are saving making money! Right?

I would bet a plate full of brownies, that our husbands don’t agree.

But they figured out a way to deal with it! They make up a strategy and grab the bull by it’s horns!

“Let me do the shopping today. You just relax.” – he says.
” I can do it in ten!” – he thinks.
“I am staying home with the kids… You think I can relax?” – I think.

Walk in, get what you need, pay and get out! That’s how they do it.

Yep. I witnessed it.

I was speechless.

I even admired it!

Just like my Hubby admired my homemade marshmallows, sitting comfortably on a plate in front of him.
Perfection was the word he used. Better than store bought might have been exclaimed.

For condensed instructions and a printable recipe, please click the button below.

Recipe button 1 Homemade Marshmallows

What is your take on shopping?




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I saved a bird today.

That sounds heroic, doesn’t it? icon smile Carmelitas

It was a horrific experience, I tell you. But let’s start from the beginning.

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It was a beautiful day. Gorgeous blue skies, not a cloud in sight, with a warm, lazy breeze in the air. Try to keep the kids indoors! No way! They have their shoes on before you know it. Ready to dig in the warm sand of their sandbox, swing carefree on their swings. Pure bliss…

Suddenly, the happiness is interrupted by birds’ chirping. And not the good-morning-it’s-a-beautiful-day kind. It sounds like a fight! For life! It gets louder and louder! Terrified Intrigued by the sounds, I look towards the source. Oh, the horror!

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Our black lab is galloping towards a group of birds fighting ( probably for a piece of worm ), grabs one and heads back towards me! With the bird! In it’s mouth!

The birds are chirping even louder! Now our girls are screaming!

I grab the dog by it’s collar and try to make him let go of the bird! “Not infront of the kids!” – was my only thought. I had no idea what I was doing. I think I might have yelled something at the dog, try to shake the bird out of his mouth. As soon as I saw the bird on the ground, I held the dog with all my strength! Until the bird disappeared under the fence.

I know it’s in his nature to be a hunter. He is a lab after all. But I just didn’t want my girls to see it! I remember my parents’ dog bringing his trophy to show. Few times it even happened to be our neighbor’s chickens!

Anyways, the bird ran away in one piece. Chirping all the way – probably cursing the dog.

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So I made Carmelitas.

Because baking calms me down.

And a gooey caramel-filled bar will make you forget how terrified you were just a moment ago. icon smile Carmelitas
When you see how easy they are to make, you will be whipping them up in no-time!

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Place all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

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Stir it all in.

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Add the melted butter.

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Stir until all is combined.

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Reserve half of the oat mixture.

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Press the rest onto the bottom of your dish.

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Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crust.
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It’s still bubbly!
Cool completely before cutting.


1 c all-purpose flour
1 c rolled oats
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c ( 1 stick ) butter, melted
1/2 c caramel sauce ( see note )
1/2 c chocolate chips ( you can use up to a cup if you want more chocolate in your bars )

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10″ x 6″ or 8″ x 8″ square baking dish. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients ( flour, oats, sugar, soda and salt ).
Pour in the melted butter and stir until it all comes together.
Reserve half of the mixture.
Press the rest onto the bottom of your prepared dish.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Pour the caramel sauce over the chips.
Sprinkle the rest of oat mixture over the top.
Gently press it down.
Bake for 22 – 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
Cool completely before cutting.

source: Pillsbury via That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Note on the caramel layer:
The original recipe from Pillsbury suggest using a caramel ice cream topping. Lizzy from That Skinny Chick Can Bake used 14oz. package of caramels melted with 1/3 of a cup of half and half. Mind you, I halved the recipe and used 10″ x 6″ dish, instead of 13″ x 9″ dish. ( A square 8″ x 8′ pan will work. ) I used my home made caramel sauce ( see the recipe here ). Use what you have on hand.

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