Rice preparation has many styles, depending on one's culture or usage. This method, perfected by Lucinda Scala Quinn, is fast and reliable, a great method for the everyday cook. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
This is a really quick version of chicken soup made to mimic a traditional long-simmered soup. Time permitting, the latter is better. But, with a few basic pantry items, you can prepare this version in about 10 minutes. Served with salad and toast, it also makes a great lunch.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
Thai curry paste, not to be confused with curry powder, is a blend of chile peppers, garlic, black pepper, coriander, and other ingredients. It comes in green and red varieties, which you'll find in the international aisle -- for this recipe, choose green.