Not great, not terrible.... This didn't float me or my fiance's boat (sorry!). This reminds me of a pre-pkg. Mex. rice mix I bought months ago (which my fiance & I didn't care for...). For all of the effort involved (i.e. chopping, sauteeing, toasting) & the cost incured (pinenuts aren't cheap!), the end result was not what I expected. I was lucky to find annatto powder (checked my specialty spice store 1st, who, to my surprise only sold annatto seeds; I then stumbled upon a sm. pkg. of the stuff at my local Italian mkt. for $.99!), and I think that was what gave this side dish the pkg. rice mix taste my fiance and I don't like. I also must say that jen's direct. are not accurate. First, the amt. of liquid MUST be inc! In retrospect, I thought cooking my rice for 20 min. instead of 25 would have done the trick (my rice was quite "mushy"), but I still had a few "stray" crunchy grains, even after cooking for the full 25 min. I ended up add. ~1/4 c. chx. broth which seemed to help. Also, jen's direct. suggest using salt 2X, but only 1 measurement is incl. in the ingred. list. Same for the annatto powder. The 1st measurement (i.e. 2 t) is accounted for, but the other is not (what do you do w/ the remainng 2 t??? - I nixed it alltogether). Finally, I could barely taste the nuts, corn or beans (defeats the purpose of add. them...) & the "yield" is for WAAY more than 4 ppl. (my gosh!!!). Perhaps add. the garnishes would have made this better??? Oh well! Thx. anyways, jen :)
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Not great, not terrible.... This didn't float me or my fiance's boat (sorry!). This reminds me...