Tuesday

In My Heart, I'm Cajun {Giveaway}

*This giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced soon in a new post.*

On our long, long trip home two weeks (from this trip) ago, we found ourselves speeding down a highway in the middle of swamps. I am not kidding. 

It's called Louisiana.

My hubby decided we needed to learn more about this unknown-to-us land, only four hours from home, so he stopped at a fancy rest stop, complete with an Education Center. [Okay, it was really a complete accident we stopped there, or I should say we were trying to avoid an accident and took the first immediate exit.  Because. Y'all. This bladder ain't what it used to be and I was doing a serious dance in the front seat. I even begged a little).

So, we potty'ed and took a quick tour--complete with a talking bird and turtle--it was like Disney all over again (I am not making fun of you, Louisiana, don't be sensitive). It was really cool.

Anyway.

We hopped back in our car and do you know what The Hubby and I wanted in SOME KIND OF BAD WAY?

Cajun Food.

Because we may not be experts on Louisiana, but we know good food.

So. We stopped at Popeye's. (Again, not joking, we'd been in the car eleven billion hours and I wasn't about to do a sit-down dinner).  But this wasn't any Popeye's this one had a mighty strong Cajun flavor.

I have four words for you: Red. Beans. And. Rice.

And these weren't your everyday red beans and rice. They had been Cajun-a-fied, I'm sure of it.

The day after we unpacked and I refilled our fridge, I pulled out this puppy:

What is that fine appliance, you ask?  It's a Cuisinart Rice Cooker PLUS. It's a mean, rice-cooking machine. It's my first one in my 15 year marriage. I'm finally a grown-up cook!

The fine people of Cuisinart sent one to me to try out (for free!) And we had rice three nights in a row, cooked differently. Plus, it's a slow cooker and you can brown meat in it! I've made soup too. As a matter of fact, I pretty much don't need any other countertop appliances...good thing since my toddler knocked my slow cooker off the counter and dented is severely.

But, it also made this:
Cajun Red Beans and Rice.

Here's the recipe (that came with the appliance):

Makes 4 cups

4 ounces smoked chicken or turkey andouille sausage* 

cooking spray

1 can (15-ounce) red beans, rinsed and drained

1 teaspoon good quality olive oil

3 tablespoons finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons finely chopped celery

3 tablespoons finely chopped green bell pepper

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 cup (Rice Cooker) long grain rice

••• teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf

1••• cups (standard liquid measure) chicken stock

3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley 

Tabasco® or other hot sauce

Divide the sausage in half. Finely chop half the sausage; cut the remaining sausage into •••-inch pieces. Lightly coat the interior of the steaming tray with cooking spray. Place the red beans and sliced sausage into the steaming tray; reserve.

Insert the cooking bowl into the Cuisinart® Rice Cooker/Steamer. Place the olive oil in the bowl, cover, and turn on for 1 minute. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; stir to coat with oil. Cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the rice and thyme. Stir until rice is opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Tuck in the bay leaf and add the chicken stock. Place the filled steaming tray on the bowl; cover. Turn the Rice Cooker on and cook until it switches to Warm, about 18 minutes. Let stand at Warm for 5 minutes. Transfer beans and sausage to a medium bowl; add cooked rice mixture to the same bowl. Remove and discard bay leaf. Gently toss rice mixture with beans and sausage. Add parsley and toss to combine. Transfer to a warmed bowl to serve. Serve with hot sauce if desired.

*Smoked chicken or turkey andouille sausage has much less fat than traditional pork andouille. It can be found in many well-stocked grocery stores. Smoked turkey kielbasa can be substituted.



Would you like to win one?

Because I'm giving a Cuisinart Rice Cooker PLUS away today (over $150 value!)

Tell me what you'd fix in it--that's your entry!

This giveaway ends soon!

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Courtney S said...

Those red beans and rice sure look good! That's probably the first thing I would try!

Leslie's Sister said...

I think I would try some mexican rice maybe with black beans and corn. I love me some mexican food!

Jessi said...

Oh my god, these are the ones my friends keep telling me I should buy because they're amazing. I could lots of rice dishes, but having a rice cooker would be so much better. And the first thing I'd make? Hmm. Probably just some Spanish rice so I could try it out.

hemmafru said...

I realize this is just so, so boring, but I would make a pot of plain ol' sticky white rice. Like the kind you get in a Chinese restaurant. The kids and I would smother it in soy sauce and gobble it up!

Andrea said...

I'd cook brown rice until it came out of my ears... hubby threw my beloved rice cooker away a few years back and I curse that fact every time I am making rice in one of my regular old pots!

~Christina said...

The delicious sounding recipe you shared would be the first thing I made!

Raquel, The Glamorous Life said...

i would cook white rice it is my favorite in a rice cooker!!! or oatmeal i love oatmeal in one too, my stinking rice cooker broke so i really hope i win =)

Rachel said...

I would (attempt to) make Spanish rice since I really like Mexican food. Maybe brown rice because it is healthy. Couscous because it is tasty and versitile. It browns meat? Maybe spaghetti sauce. It would likely be too small for the VAT of chili I make, but a nice size for some potato soup - two wintertime staples in m home. I would try everything! Thanks for the giveaway!

coupongrabber @ hotmail .com (remove spaces)

Stonefox said...

I'm a crock-pot, rice cooker freak, so this is awesome! I would have to say I'd cook my garlic chicken and rice!

Shonna said...

I've never tried a rice cooker, but love rice! I guess I would start with white rice - my daughter and I like to then throw in whatever sounds good. Chopped ham, sweet peas, soy sauce, a scrambled egg, etc..

ilovemy5kids said...

I've been to that rest-stop...on I10 no doubt. We couldn't remember where it was our last trip so apparently we missed it. It had a neat lil' theater and free coffee. YUM!!!

I'd make just plain white rice with a little spice or just add a can of Rotel. I love rice!!!

What a fun giveaway! You are a blessing!!!

Lana @ ilovemy5kids

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I actually like to make mac and cheese in my rice cooker! Though it has been in use many, many years making Phillipine foods. Everyone is my family gets a rice cooker when they marry.

:)

ndisilvio @ gmail . com

Jennifer said...

I would love to try and make my Grandmother's jambalaya recipe with this bad boy!!

Mari said...

I've been wishing for a rice cooker, so I would first try regular old rice in it. Next on the menu would be your rice and beans!

Pamela said...

I love white rice for breakfast. I would also love to do some experimenting. We love soups and stews.

pscole3467 at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

yum! i'd start with the red beans and rice, and then maybe spanish rice?

Linda Ross said...

Wow...I can't even tell you what memories this brought to my heart. Rice, any way and every way but the best way is the way my grama used to make rice pudding. No one in the family seems to have been able to duplicate it...YET...this awesome machine just might be able to do it!!!! Great product, thanks for the review.

hawkeyejlp said...

I have been longing for one of these...I would cook brown rice without thought or worry. It would be marvelous! My family would eat it because it would actually be fully cooked! Oh please...

Henley on the Horn said...

Wow! That is a much faster way to cook red beans & rice. I'd love to try this machine to cook my father in law's red beans & rice recipe. He went to Heaven 2 years ago this Christmas, and he would always make us red beans & rice like a good Louisiana boy should. We miss him & my hubby should would love it if I made his daddy's dish!

Emily @ Under$1000PerMonth said...

Yeah I want to win that! I'd try some of those cajon rice and beans, and make chili and soup and rice with chicken... mmmm.

--Amie-- said...

I would LOVE to have one....I would make jumbalaya. Rice, beans, and sausage! Mmmmm....

Bev said...

probably spanish rice, but not sure!

Southerner said...

Jambalaya, done with my best Cajun accent.

Julie said...

It sure would be fun to experiment with this cooker. I'd probably try your red beans and rice first.

Domestic Accident said...

Holy giveaway! I love making rice with coconut milk instead of water. The kids gobble it right away because it's just a hint of sweet.

vanettens said...

My mother-in-law makes this wonderful Spanish Rice with rice, chicken, chickpeas and who knows what else and she swears it can only be made right in her old paella pan so I'd probably try that!! If she shares the recipe...

Anonymous said...

I'm not much of a cook....but this could help me. Soups sound yummy in this cold weather!

Carol Smith
(smithc@hpisd.org)

Linda Miller said...

Being from Louisiana, I would so make the red beans and rice first. It's a staple in our house.

amanda said...

I'd like a mock fried rice - or maybe Cuban-style black beans and rice. Yum!!

Katie said...

I would make the red beans and rice. My son loved Popeye's version, but ours closed down. He (and my Husband) would be thrilled.

Melissa R said...

A rice cooker, how interesting! I have no idea what I would make. I love rice pilaf, can that be done in the cooker??

Linda said...

I would give this to my daughter who married a wonderful guy from New Orleans and fell in love with him and all things cajun and all things rice. So she would be the recipient if God should allow me to win.

thanks,

Sandi said...

Brown rice, all the way!

Tara said...

I'm thinking I would try out yoru recipe. It would make my hubby so happy!!

Erica said...

I'd love to make a risotto in it. I've never made risotto, but I hear great things about it and I'm sure the cooker would help me out my first time. :) After that, I would have to see if you could make a fried-like rice in it, as my hubbs loves it.

The Activity Mom said...

My steamer just broke. I'd love to win this. I'd try that red beans and rice recipe for sure but i'd also steam fruits and veggies to make baby food for my little one. (not for a few months yet)

CourtneyKeb said...

Ohh girl, you should have come way down south to MY house! I live south of New Orleans, and honey Popeyes ain't got nothin' on us! ;)

In South Louisiana it's kind of just a southern thing that we eat red beans and rice every Monday.

It's easy for us housewives just to let the beans cook all day long while we do some house cleaning and catching up from the weekend.

Glad you enjoyed!! :)

Amanda said...

I'd cook rice in it of course! (I really don't know a lot of recipes for rice, so I'll have to look some up if I win)

:)

amandabroadway at hotmail dot com

Kathy said...

I think I'd go with the red beans and rice too. It looks great!

Kari said...

I would love to fix something Ethiopian (in honor of our adopted daughter, Zoie) with rice. I'll have to dig up a yummy recipe. What an AWESOME giveaway!! I'm crossing my fingers! I'm thankful your amazing sister, Kara introduced me to THAT family!
Have fun...

Jenny D said...

I would definately try your red beans and rice--we just had it from Popeye's two nights ago!!

Julie in GA said...

I'm thinking the Red Beans and Rice sounds like a great first recipe. Awesome giveaway!

jjfoege at gmail dot com

shana said...

my oldest is a really big fan of BLACK beans and rice, so that's what we'd try. thanks for the giveaway!
blessings,
shana
kirbyandshana {at} gmail {dot} com

everyday mom of one said...

Oh I would love this my rice steamer just kicked the bucket and to be able to have an all in one would be great. I would cook my organic brown rice in it first.

Bennett Family said...

I would just make rice, but would probably try Pico de Gallo. We had it every day in Costa Rica-pretty much it is red beans and rice!
tia

glutenfreeislife said...

I would love to make the recipe you made! Oh, YUM!!! I love rice....naturally gluten-free!

Anonymous said...

Oh.My. Goodness! What would I make? I'd make red beans and rice on night. And rice with brown meat the next. My kids LOVE rice. This would be such a neat little gadget.
Thanks for such a great giveaway.
Liz
~liz2@iname.com~

Catherine B said...

WOW - we love rice but don't have a good rice cooker. I think I would go for plain brown rice at first ( I have a few picker eaters on my hands). I love rice and with this, could make my family love it too!!

tracey solomon said...

ooooh I'm a brown rice fanatic.. home made brown rice pilaff would be my first dish.... then I'd try rice pudding.. I hear you can make that in there too!

joyfulschrammfam said...

Well, the red beans and rice, of course! :) And then pilaf. And then oriental rice. And then....
What a very practical give-a-way. Thanks for the opportunity!
Cara

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Carrie said...

Oh I would LOVE a fancy-smancy rice cooker!! I have a little one that i love to death, but it would be great to have a "real" one!! I would make rice pudding and I've cooked pasta in them so I'd make something with a cheesy sauce, and I'd also make spanish rice!! And because I think it might work, I might even try to make a loaf of bread in it since it is also a crock pot!! ;-) Oh I hope I win!!

Megan said...

I would cook rice to go with my hubby's yummy gumbo that is in my freezer right now.

Popeye's red beans & rice is actually good :) I'm a Louisiana girl & have lived other places & you cannot beat the food here!

RecipeGirl said...

What a super cool kitchen appliance! I love it! Looks like a great one for soups too. I guess I'd make my fave Mexican Rice Casserole. The red beans & rice look like a must-try as well.

Jennifer said...

I would try that red beans and rice recipe first. :) Then I would probably try some Spanish rice and maybe some other exotic styles of rice. I love rice, just about any way you cook it!

Thanks for the give-away!

Lorie said...

I make soup all winter long. Usually about once a week, so I'd probably try that. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mississippi Mama said...

Ooh, I want this puppy! I'd want to figure out how to make Mexican rice as yummy as my favorite Mexican place does it. The flavor isn't too strong, and it's just sticky/dry enough. It's perfect.

Mel said...

I would make so many things... Puetorican Red beans and rice, rice for yum nui (Thai) rice for stir fry I love rice

Tiffany @ Eat at Home said...

Well, I'd cook rice ;-) Then I'd make a friend's rice cooker mac and cheese recipe. Then I"d go experimenting and there's no telling what I'd end up cooking! Fun give away!

Laura said...

Oh wow, I have no idea what I would make first! Maybe just plain white sticky rice. My kids love it, and it would be something super simple to start with!

Laura said...

What an awesome giveaway! I love rice and beans. I would probably try your recipe from this post first. YUM!

Gina said...

I've never owned a rice cooker, so I'd probably start out making rice in it. Yeah, really exciting. :)

imadramamama.wordpress.com said...

I was just thinking this morning I wished I had a programmable slow cooker to make overnight oatmeal. This looks like it would fit the bill. AND I just wrote a post about my cooking skills so I think this would help.

A lot.

Have I mentioned you look lovely today?

Elle said...

Definitely beans and rice! One of my all time faves, but I've never made it. Nice giveaway--thanks for the chance!

Pam said...

We eat lots of rice in this house. I love me some red beans and rice - so, I'd definitely try those. Chicken and yellow rice, mexican rice and beans, jambalaya...It seems like the list could be endless with that bad daddy.

Angela said...

I'm from Louisiana but North Louisiana so we are more like Texas and not cajun at all. So...I would try the recipe you listed. We DO love Popeyes in our family, too!

The Halbert Home said...

I would make Jimbalaya...getting hungry just thinking about it! :)

Cheryl Wade said...

I love to make brown rice, black beans, corn, salsa, and chicken. It is so simple and hearty. Top with a little hot sauce and cheddar if you so desire. MMM

Dawn said...

I'd definitely try the Cajun style rice as well as some Mexican rice and probably something tropical to serve with grilled chicken so I can pretend that it's not stinkin' cold in TEXAS!

Emily E. said...

My husband and I went to college in New Orleans. I LOVE me some Cajun food. Especially red beans and rice- which is EXACTLY what I would use a rice cooker for.

Also, fyi, Popeye's within the State of Louisianna are MUCH better than Popeye's outside the state. They must add an extra magical touch to the food to make it extra good. mmmmmmm Nothing like Popeyes red beans and rice and a couple of extra buttery biscuits!

Janet (Latte Lady) said...

Well, I'd make red beans and rice of course! Then, we'd invite people over who may like the red beans and rice for dinner and have a PARTY!

:)

Janet
www.homeiscool4u@yahoo.com

Mama Llama said...

Woul love to win this! i would cook lots of rice in it, and would love the option to use as a slowcooker! I have a great tortilla soup recipe!

Blue Skies said...

MMMM! I would do brown rice because I can't manage to double a batch of brown rice and have it come out right. I wind up making two separate pots - argh! I love perfectly chewy, not crunchy or soggy, brown rice!!!

I've had my eye on a rice cooker since my middle daughter started a gluten free diet 2 years ago. It would be awesome to win one since I can't afford a good one!

Kim said...

What would I make in it? What WOULDN'T I make in it?! Sounds like an awesome appliance!

Kim said...

If possible, I'd make jumbalya (did I even spell that right?)

Thanks for the opportunity.

jennibell said...

Boy, I would love to win this. . .I will bless someone else with my current not-as-nice rice cooker and keep this one!!! Or maybe I'll just give the new one to my stepmom who loves mine. Hmmmmmm. . .I know I now want to make some perfectly seasoned wild rice!!!

Kristin said...

Mexican rice!

Sharon said...

I would totally make the red beans and rice! I want some now!!!!

sehudson2006@yahoo.com

Amy said...

first red beans and rice.....then who knows, I can't get past the red beans and rice:)

Superchikk said...

My son LOVES rice, so I'd fix it every which way...fewer dinnertime battles!

mommieof4munchkins said...

I would forever be making white rice in it for our families all time favorite fried rice and then when that was done I would be making lots and lots of soup cause it is 12 degrees outside!

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

I have coveted a rice cooker forever. I HATE to cook rice and I burn it nine times out of ten. Plus, my family isn't a big fan of brown rice, which is better for us. However, we've discovered we all like quinoa. It cooks just like rice, which means I still hate to cook it and would love to have it in the rice cooker so I could spend more time on the computer. :-)

Sandra said...

I'm from Texas and living in PA, which means if I want good Tex-Mex I have to make it myself! I would use the rice cooker to make Mexican rice!

BentoForKidlet said...

I would make my son's favorite mixture of cheesy rice and veggies!

The red beans and rice look delicious too!

melissa kuhlmn said...

I am so glad you are doing a review I just saw one and wondered if i would want one. I think I would try mexican rice.

~ Kristie said...

Red beans and rice! Everyone in our house loves it. So good with cornbread. Yum.

Tiffany said...

I would probably cook brown rice or soup. We eat lots and lots of yummy soups in the winter! {grin}

The Things We Do said...

I would try the rice and beans because I've never had Cajun food! Thanks for your awesome giveaways!

Renee said...

I'd have to make Mexican Rice. I love it, but haven't ever found a good way to make it at home!

staskym said...

OMG i not know where to start, besides your red beans and rice how bout Gumbo? and i use a crock pot at least once a week soo... but here is the thing i have NEVER been able to cook rice NEVER, i use the minute rice and add all my ingredients to it lol ( it works for me) everyone has been telling me i need a rice cooker but i cannot bring myself to do it.
thank you so much for the opportunity to receive the cooker/crockpot

Anonymous said...

I would make my mom's Chinese Glutinous Rice with sausage, shitake mushrooms, and dried shrimp.

Suk Yee
sukyee28@yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

I have Celiac Disease and rice is the staple of my life! :) I would immediately find a gluten free receipe online and jump to it :)

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

well red beans and rice with sausage is a favorite of my husband and kiddos....so that would be one. But as a 'test' I'd love to try Honduran arroz con pollo which is another family fave (capers are included which just make me happy!)
What a great giveaway!!

natatomic said...

I'd cook rice, of course! As a poor college student, it's one of my favorite foods. One 99-cent box of Spanish rice lasts me four meals! I always splurge and cover it with sour cream and cheese though. :)

Jenny Lynn said...

I would cook Sushi rice (I've been dying to make sushi but I don't have a rice cooker) and I would make taco soup!

Candace said...

My son, age 6, is interested in becoming a vegetarian which makes meal prep interesting considering the rest of my family is not so interested. I've struggled with making hearty vegetables and rice. This large Cuisinart rice maker would really help us out. I think I'd make brown rice mixed with seasonal root vegetables and a touch of honey. Perhaps add some walnuts at the end for a crunch.
:^)

Jill said...

We love Japanese Food around here- and I'd love to make good sticky rice. My 5 year old loves all thing startch and rice is her number one love. In fact when we go out for Chinese or Japanese food she just gets rice.

Anonymous said...

mmmmm. your rice and recipe looks so good, that just might be the first thing i try in this bad boy!! jsbailey187@msn.com

Chad said...

Well, obviously rice. Our family eats a lot of brown rice, but I'm a sucker for some good basmati rice. Red beans and rice sounds good. So does Jambalaya, chicken soup, and a bid pot of collard greens! (But not all at the same time.)

Jessica said...

I'd learn to make Spanish rice for my in-laws!

Tammy Griffin said...

Cuisinart Rocks! I would make a family favorite~rice pudding. It warms the heart and soul on a cold winter's eve!

Kristy said...

Ooooh! Defintely I would make spanish rice first. Then try the red beans & rice, and then every other rice recipe I can find! :D

Anonymous said...

I would probably try those red beans and rice. They sure look good.

CarrieLynn
carrie1807@aol.com

Renee Holley said...

My daughter, being vegetarian and a carboholic, would love to have a rice cooker. Maybe should use up the big bag of rice I bought her months ago that is still in my pantry. I'd use it to make stew.

Mad Dog's Mom said...

Even though red beans and rice sounds really good, I'm a Razorback Fan and we just don't do cajun food up here! ha! I would cook my beloved husbands yummy chili recipe - The rice makes the chili! Go Hogs!!

Thia said...

No doubt about it, I'd have to try the family spanish rice recipe!

sweetsweetreality said...

We would make some "Honey's Rice" which is just my husband's secret recipe which includes rice, butter, and salt! But only he can make it (if I say that, he will make it and I can sit with my feet up!)

The Source said...

Awesome! I'd make some good old Jambalaya. My hubby's uncle is a Cajun transplant. He's lived in Louisiana for 30-something years, married a Lousiana woman & raised Louisiana daughters. And let me tell you that man can COOK some food!! OMG. He makes boudin sausage, beniets, dirty rice and jambalaya and gosh you could just eat all day long! The only thing he taught me was the jambalaya, though, but it's a fave among my kids. :)

Serenity said...

I have a rice ADDICTION that has only become worse during my pregnancy! My husband laughs at me when he eats ice cream before bed while I am INHALING rice with veggies mixed in (with soy sauce, of course). I would use this EVERYDAY!

Saving in Style said...

YUMMY!!! My husband is from Louisiana and in the six years we've been married - we've been there twice. I LOVE it!! It is indeed, a different world! The first meal his step-mom made for us was in her rice cooker. I quickly copied ALL of her recipes, and I would LOVE to have one of these to cook them in - I'd make her Jumbalaya and her red beans and rice ...YUMMY!! What a great giveaway!! It'd be great to have a little taste of "home" for my husband right in our own kitchen...in Alabama - ha! :)

jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

Tina said...

What instantly came to mind was either jumbaliah or gumbo...YUM!! thanks for the hunger pain...hehe!

Deann said...

I'd cook my family's favorite chicken and rice. But the red beans and rice wouldn't be too far behind. It looks really, really good.

Marsha said...

I think I'd make chicken and rice soup. Isn't soup wonderful this time of year?

O Mom said...

I would make the sticky white rice, and hope it turned out better than I have been able to make in just the pot!!

Kristine said...

I'd do just rice - to go with many kinds of food. Red beans with rice, yes, as well as black beans and rice, stir fry, oriental salad, and sometimes wild rice just as a side dish. Right now we cook all our rice in the microwave. We burn it on the stovetop. LOL

tarajo said...

i would likely make a big pot of beans, my old slow cooker has died and it made me very sad that i couldn't replace it right away

Kellye@onemomswalk said...

YUMMY!! I am a swamp girl myself and live in South Louisiana and did not know that every Popeyes wasn't as cajun-ified as ours here are!

I love their red beans and rice, but must say that I think I would whip up a mean Jambalaya in that awesome cadillac rice cooker!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

Charity said...

I'd probably cook some plain old rice, but I'd love to try making some other recipes in it!

Anonymous said...

What a great appliance!!! I would make spaghetti sauce in it or stew.

Cheryl in Ontario
ggds@sympatico.ca

Christibear said...

I would make shrimp jumbalaya! I used to live in Louisiana and I fell in love with two things there, the food and people I met. Then I'd have to make some sticky rice for hubs and the kiddos with plum jelly in the middle.

Kari said...

My husband was born in New Orleans and his mama is a great cook!

We'd cook dirty rice in that rice cooker if we won it.

Thanks so much for offering it!

jczellar said...

Rice for stir fry. Maybe it would come out with the right texture then? :-)

LStewart said...

I would cook rice with broccoli, carrots, peas, onion, chicken, and terrikya sauce. YUM

Gene and Annie said...

I love stir fry rice but red beans n rice is good too!! I just love rice!!

Grimmy said...

I would make a sweet rice and lots of brown rice. It's always so hard to get it just right in a pot.

Jennifer Ann said...

I would make my ground beef, onion, gravy with rice dish. Yummm!!

Di said...

I hate to admit this, but I stink at cooking rice. I can never get it right. So, I would simply make some rice that turned out good.

That would be so nice.

April said...

I would love to try the beans and rice recipe that you posted, sound yummy! Thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle said...

Ohh now I am hungry for Cajun food! We have a new little Cajun restaurant in town too! Anyway I am a huge fan of red beans and rice, so that would be my first recipe.

KELLY said...

I would love to win this!
richarb@comcast.net

Julie said...

I think I'd like to try to cook some SHRIMP CREOLE in the rice cooker. It's my favorite!

Linda said...

When I lived in New Orleans I learned to love Cajun food and so I would do the red beans and rice without a doubt. This cooker looks amazing...would love to win it!

That Fresh Feeling said...

yes please please please! My husband and I are adopting from Uganda and we have been trying to save money by eating A LOT of beans and rice.....there are so many good things I would try in this. The possibilities with the help of this and Goya for some many different bean and rice meals and add a bit of chicken...would be so good! I hope i win:-)

adjunctmom said...

Hmmm. I'm leaning toward red beans and rice or hoppin' john. I bet the latter would turn out fantastic in that thing.

adjunctmom said...

Hmmm. I'm leaning toward red beans and rice or hoppin' john. I bet the latter would turn out fantastic in that thing.

Rona's Home Page said...

I'll be making brown rice.

Bella said...

What a great rice cooker!

I would start out by making sushi rice...I think this rice cooker would turn my beginner California rolls and spicy tuna rolls into intermediate ones! :)

Tina said...

Spanish rice is my fave-
but I may be inspired to fix all sorts of things

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Beth said...

This would be a great prize for our house! I have never cooked real rice. Yep. I've always cooked instant rice. Yeah, I know. Very sad. I would LOVE to cook the real stuff and know the difference!

meredith said...

It can be so hard to correctly make sticky rice. That would be the first thing I would try becausee Ive never been able to make it on my own.

Morgan Koji said...

Oh, this would be wonderful. I could cook real rice and not the boxed kind!

Beth said...

Ooooh...you made those Red Beans & Rice sound so good...I think I'd have to try that! Yummo!

Innocent Observer said...

Cute story. As boring as I may be, I think I would use it to make rice. I bought a rice cooker, and it just doesn't seem capable of cooking brown rice. I might even look in the cookbook that comes with it and find a new and exciting recipe!

Thanks for the entry.

Tiffnfour said...

Well because I live in louisiana and I eat cajun food on a regular basis I would probably just cook some reagular rice because I dont have a rice cooker and need a break from the good old fashioned way :) This is a great giveaway. When my mom vists from Georgia popeyes is her first stop here.

tiff877@yahoo.com

Cherith Baker said...

I would make lots of wil rice and livng in NM you know how much we love pinto beans.
Cherith

Vicky said...

I would cook plain rice first! I am not very good at cooking it.

vmccarville@hotmail.com

Bree said...

Love sticky rice with EVERYTHING but trying to be better... brown rice made into some mexican rice would probably be the first thing since I use it in bean and rice freezer burritos for DH lunches.

sclevenger said...

I would definitely start by making white rice! I'm the world's worst rice maker. It never turns out right. :(

Ivy said...

Chinese sticky rice for us and brown rice for my husband.

that cookie lady said...

Oh, I sooo need one of these. My family has grown and my little 4 cup rice cooker just isn't big enough. I'd fix brown rice at least twice a week and I have a new oatmeal recipe I'd like to try in it also. thanks for the chance!

km said...

I have NEVER owned a rice cooker. I'd definitely make brown rice. And then since this takes other ingredients too, I'd make my homemade rice-n-roni that my kids love.

Kimberly said...

I think I'd make Pirate Stew in this to try it out...a chicken & rice dish my husband renamed to get the kids to eat it.

I would love to win this. It sounds awesome!

kimberly_aaron@hotmail.com

Sue Heimer said...

I would try my chicken and rice recipe first. Then follow with the one you posted. It look yummy!

Jenni said...

rice....I'm too chicken to try it on the stove!

Whitney said...

I am going to try this recipe. I would probably make some dirty rice with beans and chopped sausages.

Jingle said...

I would use it to make Jasmine Rice!!! We LOVE Jasmine rice, but it is tricky to get the proper sticky texture without a rice maker. This would be PERFECT!

JC said...

I have never even heard of an appliance like this-it sounds awesome! And since it is like a slow cooker, I know that I would be obsessed with cooking in it! I would definitely make my fantastically yummy Chicken Chili! I made the recipe up and even my kids love it!

Heather said...

I would fix your red beans and rice and my spanish rice recipe which is probably very similar. MM my mouth is watering already!

Valencia said...

I'm in Louisiana and I'm creole!! So, I'd use it to make my fav dish in the whole wide world GUMBO!!!!

(laissez la bon temps roule)

stefanie said...

Those red beans and rice are the first thing I would try. I am sure that we would use it quite often since, it would make my life so much easier to get a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table for my family.
sjcouey

Lori said...

Wow - this is so cool! My rice cooker is cheap and old and the rice is either hard or mushy. So, I'd use this baby to make perfectly cooked rice. Thanks!

Amanda said...

Wow that sounds amazing!!! I would probably try one of the recipes it came with because I do not have very many rice recipes (we have rice a roni over here!)

MahoneyMusings said...

I would make that exact recipe. My husband would love me forever!

angel said...

YES! I would love this rice cooker. I think I'd make spanish rice first.

Anna Cotton said...

Jasmine Rice

Annie said...

I'm pretty sure I would make your red beans and rice...that looks really good!

Shannon said...

Soup in a rice cooker? Yeah, I'd have to try that. Which soup is THE question.

Courtney P. said...

I have always wanted a rice cooker!! I would try sticky rice...I can never seem to get it right!!! Thanks for the giveaway!! Happy Holidays!

pendy said...

Wow! I'd probably try my Asian rice...then my Mexican rice...unless I fixed my version of Cajun rice first...so many to try!

Alaina @ Three Ladies and a Dad said...

Your recipe you posted looks pretty yummy...I would have to try that first!

Anonymous said...

I would definitely fix the red beans and rice first, looks yummy.
Amy
acrawford4224@yahoo.com

M said...

I think I would have to try the red beans and rice. My son has been on a red bean kick lately and this would be a good way for him to have them instead of right out of the can.

monicaalbers@yahoo.com

Rhonda said...

I would love to try the recipe you posted. It looks and sounds so good!! Thanks for the chance!

jackie said...

That recipe looks pretty tasty, so I'd probably start with it! A goal for 2010 is to add more bean/ rice dishes to my menue rotation... this would definitely prompt me to be dilligent about that :)

Jackie

benjacbahun@aol.com

Michelle said...

I'd try making Jambalaya in it. Thanks!

DAS said...

Ooh, thanks for the giveaway. I'd make confetti rice which is just brown rice with different bright colored veggies. Yum. Thanks again! mcphee_desilets@yahoo.com

aahcoffee said...

Brown rice to go with my pad thai. :)

Vickie said...

Your's looks so yummy I'd try that recipe first in the Cuisinart! (vctoria1@yahoo.com)

Johnlyn ~ said...

I LOVE red beans and rice! I'd love to try gumbo as well!

Lynn said...

I would LOVE to win this! Why I always seem to be commenter #179 is beyond me...

Anyway, I would certainly try your rice and beans recipe.

Thanks for the chance!

allthingsjuice said...

I would make sushi rice. It is so yummy and I can never duplicate it at home!

Tales From the Eurovan said...

I would fix some sort of oriental rice with beef and soy sauce and honey and garlic.

isapri said...

I think I'm in love!! I moved from Houston to another state recently and was born in New Orleans so you have me missing Cajun food in a majorly way!!! I would definitely make some jambalaya the first time, red beans and rice the second time, rice for gumbo the third time... well, you get the idea!

Zahra said...

I would make lovely, non-schmooshy rice. That would be a nice change! :D

DhaliMama said...

My family LOVES rice! We eat it all of the time--at least three times a week. My favorite has got to be ham fried rice. But I ADORE wild rice, too...

Lisa @ Simplified Saving said...

I'd make italian chicken and rice. One bottle of Italian Dressing, some boneless skinless chicken breasts, and some cheese as well as brown rice. It is tasty. Everyone in the family loves it...and it's great with a salad on the side!

The Smith Family said...

Ooo! I would FOR SURE make cilantro rice... like the kind you get from cafe' rio! I have the BEST recipe!
mmmm... is it lunch time yet?
Shelley
casonshelley@gmail.com

phasejumper said...

Hm...the possibilities! I would use it to make creamy chicken and rice! Comfort food!

Traci said...

Good ole white rice! I love it!

Ashley said...

I'm so happy y'all found good food and hopefully some in my home state! I would love, LOVE, love a new rice cooker. Mine is small and it was actually my husband's before we got married; I think it was his sister's before that (and maybe his mom's before that?).

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

We cook a lot of rice, so maybe dirty rice with some sausage. YUM!

Staci said...

Oh I need a new rice cooker so bad. My husband is cajun, born and raised in Breaux Bridge. I am a Houstonian, born and raised. When we met I had never eaten jambalaya much less cooked it. Now 5 years later all I cook is cajun food. I cook jambalaya with sausage in my rice cooker as well as rice for gumbo. My poor little rice cooker is on it's last leg though.

emily said...

I am DYING for one of these... but its not in the budget for awhile.. I think I would make just about everything in it - oatmeal, rice, beef stew - you name it!

Vanessa said...

I bet it would make some yummy paiella!

Camille said...

I would love one of these.. my mom has had one for 40 years!! I would fix jambalaya, red beans/rice, maybe sausage/rice casserole? I'm sure the possibilities are endless.. My family is from La. and a rice-cooker is a kitchen necessity. I would love to have this addition to my kitchen!

sonja said...

I would definitely and happily make RIISENGRUT, from my Norwegian roots. It's white rice and milk, slowly cooked till it's creamy and tender, then served with a chunk of real butter and lots of cinammon and sugar (or nutra seet) sprinkled all over the top, generously! And for us, at Christmas, my mother always hid an almond within the rice in one bowl and the winner got the jar of pennies she had saved all year long. I can taste it right now!

Kelly said...

How about dinner every night?
Well, other thn that, maybe chili? But I have always wanted a rice cooker, so maybe your red beans and rice?

wildwesthome said...

Well - my first thought is to copy you and make red beans and rice...but I also want to be original. So I think I'd try a roasted chicken followed by making homemade chicken stock. Fingers crossed!

Mindy said...

Mmm! I'd make some (boring) brown rice! At least at first ;)

Sandi and Jason Rodriguez said...

Well I think being a Louisianian myself I think I would have to make some good ol' cajun chicken & sausage jambalaya.

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