Both as a flavour enhancer, and as an affordable decorative element for the kitchen.
That was a trick I learned watching Oprah: If you can't afford to always have fresh flowers on hand, use fresh fruit.
And so I always have green apples, lemons...
And limes on display.
Interestingly, these flavours often make their way into my food.
And today's rice side dish is no exception.
I had some lovely fresh salmon that was so beautiful I didn't want to disguise it with a bunch of other flavours. So I drizzled it with some extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice, seasoned it with Old Bay spice, and roasted it in a 425 oven for about 15 minutes.
In the meantime, I made the rice.
Because the salmon was so straight forward, I thought something lovely and creamy would be a perfect accompaniment, and because I have Philadelphia Cream Cheese on the brain lately, I decided to see what it would be like in a rice dish.
It was excellent.
Creamy and gorgeous and filled with flavour - although I'm quite certain the likes of Gordon Ramsay and his white truffle oil hating cronies would most likely turn up their noses, I am a home cook, and - as such - say verily, this is good!
If you want to read more about Ramsay, and this season of Master Chef, make sure you tune in tomorrow for my next installment chronicling the show.
In the meantime, the recipe!
Lemony, Creamy Rice
For printable recipe click HERE
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- zest from 1/2 lemon
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese (light or regular)
- 1 cup white rice
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Combine the chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cream cheese in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and whisk until the cream cheese is well incorporated.
- Add the rice, stir well, turn to low and cover.
- Simmer on low for 15 minutes. Remove lid and give it a good stir, bringing everything together. The rice should be creamy yet firm with a nice bite.
- Add the pepper and fresh basil and enjoy!
Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, and a website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.
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