Monday, April 26, 2021

Armenian Rice Pilaf from @TinaKashian1 #giveaway

Hello from TINA KASHIAN! This rice dish is an absolute favorite with family and friends. Even picky eaters like it. It replaces plain, boiled rice as a side dish. It’s not hard to prepare, and you no longer have to buy rice packets for a flavorful side dish. This rice is a staple with Mediterranean dishes like shish kebab and grilled fish. The rice can also be substituted for bulgur (cracked wheat), but I’ll share that healthy recipe another day.


1 cup of long grain rice

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

½ cup fine egg noodles

2 cups chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste




Heat butter and oil in a two-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the fine egg noodles and stir to coat. Cook about three minutes, stirring often. Butter will start to foam.

Sauté gently, stirring with a spoon constantly until the noodles are evenly golden.

Add the rice and stir for one minute until rice evenly coated with butter and noddle mixture.


Add the chicken broth. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat until rice is simmering. 

Keep rice covered and let cook for ten minutes. Turn off the burner, then leave saucepan on the burner for an additional ten minutes. It’s tempting to lift the lid to check the rice, but you want to keep it covered to fully cook. Once cooked, fluff rice with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour rice into a serving dish and enjoy!

To enter to win a copy of the first book in my Kebab Kitchen series, please share. What is your favorite side dish? Please list your email address to be included in the giveaway!

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu…

Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school…and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect…

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  1. The recipe for Armenian Rice Pilaf sounds AMAZING! It's one I think even my "I don't like rice" hubby will give a try and like.

    My favorite side dish is this one:
    Green Bean & Shoepeg Corn Casserole
    Serves 8
    1 can French style green beans, drained
    1 can white shoepeg corn, drained
    1 can celery soup, undiluted
    1 ½ cups grated Mild Cheddar
    ½ cup sour cream
    ½ cup chopped onion
    1 can water chestnuts, finely chopped
    1 roll or tube of Ritz crackers
    1 stick of butter, melted
    Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray.
    Place drained green beans in casserole dish.
    Top with drained shoepeg corn.
    In bowl mix celery soup, cheddar cheese, sour cream, onions and water chestnuts until combined. Spoon on top of veggies in casserole dish.
    Crumble crackers in bowl and drizzle with melted butter. Stir to coat crackers. Sprinkle over top of cheese mixture in casserole dish.
    Bake in a 350 degree oven uncovered for 40 minutes.
    NOTES: This goes great for a potluck dish. It’s great hot, warm, or room temperature. It never seems to make it to the refrigerator as leftovers but I’m sure it would reheat nicely too.

    It's a super easy throw it all together type dish. It's great for potlucks and I'm always being asked for the recipe.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of "Hummus and Homicide"! Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Hi Kay! Thank you for the fabulous recipe! I love easy and quick side dishes and this looks great.

    2. That looks really yummy

  2. My favorite side dish is potatoes, in any way.

    1. Hi Brenda! My husband is a big potato fan and my kids love sweet potatoes.

  3. I like carbs. Rice, noodles.

    1. Too funny! I'm a carb lover, too. Even though I should limit my carbs.

  4. This rice pilaf sounds so good! It will be added to my favorite assortments of rice side dishes. It's my new comfort food. (since mashed potatoes/gravy and mac and cheese are so high calorie.)

    1. Hello Charlene! Both mashed poatoes with lots of gravy and mac and cheese are big favorites in my house, too.

  5. My favorite side dish is a panfried medley of vegetables seasoned well and mixed into cooked quinoa. The variations are endless and depending on the vegetables, can be flavored with garlic, spices or viniagrette. And if one wants to make it into a meal, top with a fried egg.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

    1. This sounds healthy and full of flavor. I've been experimenting with quinoa and I like the idea of adding a medley of seasoned vegetables to it.

  6. Great in it's simplicity.
    I can see embellishing it with a touch of garlic, raisins, and toasted nuts (pinenuts if I'm feeling wealthy!).
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Hi Libby! I have family members who add toasted, slivered almonds or pine nuts to the rice. It adds extra flavor

  7. Any kind of potatoes. I also love green beans with bacon and eggs.

  8. My favorite side dish is stir fried vegetables.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Stir fried and seasoned vegetables are always a favorite. I like them grilled as well

  9. my favorite side dish are vegetables.cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  10. I love salads but my favorite is broccoli salad! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

    1. I'm a big salad lover and I make a small salad with almost every dinner. My youngest daughter loves salad and I'm happy she eats it

  11. This looks like a recipe that would be a delicious extra touch for many entrees.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  12. The Armenian Rice Pilaf looks and sounds fabulously delicious! Thank you for the recipe, I am going to try it!
    My favorite side dish Tomatoes with Garlic. It is a great accompaniment to meats, or when added to a salad; and it is so easy.
    2 pints of cherry tomatoes
    Boiling water
    1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
    2 Tbs. of red wine vinegar
    2 cloves of finely minced garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 Tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
    Cover tomatoes with boiling water and let stand for 10-15 seconds.
    Drain tomatoes quickly. When cool enough to handle, peel them by pulling the skin away with a pairing knife. It should come off easily.
    Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the tomatoes. Chill at least one hour before serving. This dish is especially pretty when a variety of colorful cherry tomatoes are used. My email is

    1. Hi Rebecca! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I plant tomatoes in my garden every summer and this recipe will be useful when my tomato plants are rip for picking.

    2. Hi Tina,You're very welcome! I hope you enjoy the Tomatoes with Garlic recipe this summer! ☺

    3. Hi Tina,You're very welcome! I hope you enjoy the Tomatoes with Garlic recipe this summer! ☺

  13. My favorite side dishes are Mac and Cheese and rice with gravy.

    1. Hi Kiki, Mac and cheese is a comfort food favorite. I've never had rice with gravy