What do Mexican and my Post Office have to do with each other? The answer is, nothing. I just wanted to mention my Post Office. First, i will give you the Mexican Rice recipe as promised. Thie recipe as printed will make enough Mexican rice for an army. It works well if you're having a crowd, but for two people, we cut the recipe in half. Also there is no heat in the rice, but feel free to add any peppers or seasonings you like to bump up the heat level. If you're serving this with Mole, enchiladas, or any other Mexican dish that has heat you might want to leave the recipe as is.
The other dish on the plate is vegetarian refried beans. These are just refried beans from a can with lowfat cheddar cheese. We use the vegetarian refried beans, because the regular ones, have lard in them, and of course the vegetatrian refried beans don't. That's just a tip from the Queen of Reading Food Labels.
Here is the recipe for Lupe's Mexican Rice:
LUPE’S MEXICAN RICE
2 c long grain white rice
½ c vegetable oil
1 small onion, diced
2 tsp/ granulated garlic
2 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. salt
8 oz. diced tomatoes
4 c water
3/4 c tomato sauce
In a medium pan with a cover, heat oil over medium to high heat. Add rice, fry, stirring until rice is lightly browned (3-5 min). Stir in onion. garlic, cumin, and salt, fry for another minute. Add tomatoes with juice plus 4 cups of water. This should come to a boil very quickly. Cover saucepan and reduce heat to low. ok 15-20 minutes, or until rice is fluffy and dry.
Now about my post office, which is on the left side of the building in the picture. It is a one window post office, where you get personal service on a first name basis. This is the post office I used to send my Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bars to the highest bidder from Steph's Bite by Bite online auction.This little post office has been in the same location for many years. It was a in a small town, that is now surrounded by subdivisions. This post office has managed to maintain it's small town feel, and I love it.!