Chicken and Rice: The International Duo

For many years, we spent Valentine’s Day in Manhattan…with about 2,000 of our closest friends. Since we were attending a conference, we found ourselves grabbing dinner at the last minute. One of our favorite places was a Cuban restaurant near Times Square, and dinner there with a group of international friends got me thinking about the many ways chicken and rice is eaten around the world.

Now, to be clear, chicken and rice can be served together a million different ways, so I’m focusing here on those dishes where the chicken and rice are generally cooked together (meaning, I’m leaving out dishes like Filipino Adobo), infusing the rice with more intense flavors. It doesn’t take long to realize how many cultures love this idea! Below are my favorites. Continue reading “Chicken and Rice: The International Duo”

Cooking with Vinegar

Via a link in my Twitter feed, I read a blog post that indicated rice vinegar is not gluten-free. This statement gave me pause because, by definition, rice vinegar is absolutely gluten-free. The author of the post was trying to figure out why her son became sick after eating sushi, and she used bad research to determine rice vinegar has gluten.

The culprit was almost certainly not the rice vinegar in the sushi rice (it was more likely the wheat in the fake crab meat). As I researched this issue — thinking maybe I was crazy — I saw there was a lot of confusion about vinegar. This makes me sad as vinegar is a fantastic ingredient to add to your gluten-free kitchen. Continue reading “Cooking with Vinegar”