Family and Consumer Sciences in Arkansas County
2012 Miss Arkansas County Rice
Stephanie P. , was crowned the "2012 Miss Arkansas County Rice". She is the daughter of Graciela and Ignacio P. of Altheimer. Her rice dish is "Excelente’ Arroz".
Stephanie makes appearances in the county, promoting the use of rice by preparing her dish for various clubs and organizations. The purpose of the contest is to promote interest in rice cookery and rice promotion among the youth in the rice producing areas of Arkansas and to focus the attention of the general public of Arkansas on the importance of the rice industry to the economy of our state.
Anyone interested in scheduling an appearance may contact Stephanie by calling the University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service in Arkansas County at 946-3231 or 673-2346.
Emily P., 2011 Miss Arkansas County Rice was present to crown Stephanie. A "Miss Arkansas County Rice" sash, tiara, rice pendant, $100 cash, and a gift basket were presented by the Extension Homemakers (EH) Rice Promotion Committee, which is made up of members of Prairie Gems EH Club.
As Miss Arkansas County Rice, Stephanie received: Printing of recipe cards from Arkansas County Bank, photo session from Tammy P. Photography; and $400 spending allowance to be spent on promotional activities from the Committee.
Sponsors for the 2012 Miss Arkansas County Rice Contest were: AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Arkansas County Extension Homemakers Council, Arkansas County Bank, Arkansas County Farm Bureau, Cormier Rice Milling Company, Inc., DeWitt Bank & Trust Company, DeWitt Fertilizer Company, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Hornbeck Seed Company, Inc., Producers Rice Mill, Inc., Tammy P. Photography, and Riceland Foods Foundation.
½ cup oil
4 cups hot water
1 ½ cups uncooked long grain rice
Salt to taste
2 carrots, sliced
2 zucchini squash, sliced
Ingredients blended in blender
2 small tomatoes
½ small onion
1 clove garlic
2 T. tomato sauce
Begin by placing oil into hot pan and heat until oil is hot.
Add rice, cook and stir until rice becomes golden brown.
Drain excess oil leaving enough so that vegetables will fry well. Add carrots and squash, and saute about 2 minutes.
Add blended ingredients (onions, tomatoes, garlic, and tomato sauce).
Finally add HOT water and salt. Once water begins to boil turn the heat to low and cover.
Let it simmer for about 20 minutes until rice gets fluffy and water is gone.
*This rice may be combined with another side dish or meat course. Whichever way you decide to combine it, it is sure to be a great combination with anything.
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