Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mexican Rice and My Post Office


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.!

17 comments:

  1. When we first moved into the area from Texas, our post office was in someones house, and if you really needed stamps or to mail something she would let you in at any hour. Later they built a shopping plaza and a new post office, it was never the same.
    Your mexican rice and beans make me homesick for Texas....sigh
    thanks for the memories
    Dennis

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  2. Chef- Really, the post office was in someone's house? I thought this one was unusual, but I guess not.

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  3. Mmmmm, I'm a sucker for Mexican rice..and this recipe certainly sounds yummy!

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  4. This looks pretty simple to make. I love mexican food.

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  5. Amber- this rice is easy to make.

    Veronica- This rice is delicious and easy to make.

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  6. This is perfect Becky! I love rice and beans..whole meal is just delicious!

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  7. I could eat Mexican Rice each and every day! Unfortunately the kids want white, steamed rice, which I also love, but would prefer Mexican.
    Love the small town post office feel! I'm so glad you shared that!

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  8. Sandra- thank you for your comments.

    Kim- I just had to mention my little post office. You get such good service!

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  9. What a wonderful plate yummy goodness! Thank you fro sharing Becky :)

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  10. Mexican rice looks great- Becky, now I am following your blog!

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  11. Suchi- Thank you for following my blog! I certainly appreciate it!

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  12. I love this whole dish - it all looks so good. I'm sure the USPS would love to hear your story. My husband works for the postal service and I'm afraid they often get a bad rap. He works very hard for a living (6 days a week, he never takes a sick day). I showed him your blog and he just thought it was so nice that someone thought to give a shout out to some nice postal workers for once. :)

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  13. I'm always looking for great Mexican recipes...ironically, my Hispanic mother-in-law doesn't make it. She makes fideo instead...and your mole looks delish as well. Will you be featuring that in here?

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  14. We also have a small post office that is located inside of a tiny family-owned pharmacy... and the clerks know everybody's name. :)

    I can scarf off some of that Mexican rice right away! I love that it's with tomato sauce... delicious!

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  15. Brandie- I know that postal workers work a lot of hours. My next door neighbor was a mail carrier for 25 yrs. and just retired. I also have a cousin who just retired and he was a Postmaster.

    Wendy- The post before this one was for the mole. you must have missed it. I'm e-mailing the link to you.

    Kate-Thanks for your comments.

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  16. We love the lady at our post office window. She's always so cheerful and fun when we visit. Unfortunately, the mail carrier switches regularly and this one isn't so nice. Ah well.

    I love the rice as well. Yummy!

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  17. Okay, this looks absolutely amazing, my mouth is watering right now.

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