It's the end of the road for the #KitchenMatrixCookingProject. We've been working out way through Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix* for over fifty weeks.
First, let me start off by thanking my #KitchenMatrixCookingProject gals - Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm and Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories - who cooked along with me for a year. You can read more about our project here. But, I can tell you that committing to a year-long cooking project is no easy task and these ladies were fantastic. So, thank you, Wendy and Karen. I so appreciate your dedication to this with nothing more than my gratitude in return! You are both amazing.
Second, I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of my favorite weeks of cooking. There were so many fun ingredients, but these were the three that I enjoyed the most!
Spring Rolls: These were a hit and really, really fun to lead a group of teenagers in making them. What a blast! Click here for the recipe.
Spice Blends: Making my own spice blends has been something I've done for years. I really enjoyed seeing how the other gals used their homemade spice blends for delectable dishes. Click here for the recipe.
For me, those three weeks encapsulated why I organized this project: I cooked things that were previously intimidating to me; I cooked things with kids and getting kids into the kitchen is always a positive; and I found recipes or processes that I will continue to use moving forward. So, despite a little bit of fatigue in these final weeks, this project was a success in my book.
Lastly, the three of us took turns selecting the recipes and, in this final month, Karen picked the recipes. This week, she selected Brown Rice + 12 Ways. Bittman offers everything from pilafs to stews. I ended up loving his rice cake variations. I made a riff on the Parmesan Scallion cake, using Pecorino and Parsley instead. And my typically rice-eschewing husband had two cakes! But, first, here's what the others shared...
- 2 C cooked brown rice
- 1 C grated cheese (I used Pecorino Romano) + more for serving
- 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
- butter for cooking
- Also needed: skillet
In a medium mixing bowl, place the rice, cheese, and parsley. Mix together (I used my hands) until well-combined. Form into patties and set aside.
Melt butter in a skillet and place the patties in the pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side; you should have a nicely browned crisp bottom. Flip over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan to a serving platter.
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