Archive for April, 2009

Not much of a story here.  No picture for that matter.  But I do have a really simple and really tasty recipe for rice and ground meat.  I’ve cooked this recipe three or four times now and I have to put it into my blog so I don’t forget it.

As for my life, business is going great.  We are having a wonderful April and May looks to be better.  We were just in the newspaper click here to read the story.

We are starting a Slow Food group in Reno, which is exciting.  We’ve had two meetings and have about 30 founding members.  Ready for prime time in a few months… still trying to get it all figured out.

As one side note, I’m still as crazy as before about humanely raised meats and our need to end factory farming animals in the world.   Swine flu is making more people aware and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Okay on to the recipe.  Inspired from 1080 recipes.  Love this book, it’s the Silver Spoon for Spain!

Dirty Rice (serves 4 to 6)


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
  • 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (or use a few seeded tomatoes from your garden)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/4 cups long-grain rice
  • 2 1/4 cups boiling beef stock
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan.  Add the onion and pepper and cook on medium until softened, about 8 minutes.  Stir occasionally.

Add the tomato and beef and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until lightly browned.  About 5 minutes.

Add the paprika, season with salt and pepper and mix well.  Add the rice and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

Pour in the boiling stock, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, until rice is tender and the majority of the liquid has been absorbed.

Serve and devour!


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