The minute I read this recipe, without even reading the other reviews, I knew exactly how I was going to tweak it. My mother was an excellent cook, and never made plain white rice. She always began by sauteing rice with onion - so that's what I did here. I sauteed the rice (I used Uncle Ben's converted rice) in 1 tablespoon of butter, along with a couple of tablespoons of chopped onion. After about 5 minutes, when the rice was nicely browned, I added apple cider (not juice) along with the other ingredients, and followed the rest of the recipe exactly, using golden raisins and a Granny Smith apple. I cooked it for 20 minutes and let it sit covered for 5, because that is what is called for on the Uncle Ben's box. I thought it was wonderful, and afterward, when I read the other reviews, I think the addition of the butter and the onions cut the sweetness and added that something extra that others found this recipe may have lacked. I made it with the grilled brown sugar pork chops and thought the combination was just too sweet. I would definitely make this with pork chops again, but maybe just simply grilled ones. I wasn't sure how I was going to like the cinnamon flavor in rice, but it worked!
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