Rose Henry of Columbia writes: "I hope you can help me find a lost recipe for Spanish rice. It was in Woman's World magazine, possibly about 1997 or '98. The magazine couldn't help and copies were not in the library, so you are my last resort."
Mary Peterson of Ellicott City responded. "I hope my Spanish rice recipe will solve Rose Henry's request. I've no idea how old this recipe is, nor where I got it, but I know it is good - especially to make stuffed green peppers. Just fill them with Spanish rice, top with a slice of cheese and bake. I can still do this - for me a one-dish meal - at age 80-plus!"
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup long-grain or converted rice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove, crushed)
1 can (1 pound) tomatoes, not drained
1/2 cup stuffed olives, chopped
1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet. Add rice, onions, green pepper and garlic powder and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until rice is lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
Add tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon. Stir in olives, water and cayenne. Heat to boiling, cover and simmer over low heat, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, uncover and fluff.
Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Delicious and easy - the whole family will love this as a side dish or, as Mary Peterson suggests, as a stuffing for a one-dish meal of stuffed peppers. Simple to make, it holds up well in the refrigerator for leftovers. If you want to jazz it up a little, add a sprinkling of cilantro or even a grating of cheddar cheese."
P.J. Peters of Salem, Ore., writes: "The Guest House at Salem, Ore., serves a sauerkraut soup that is really good. We've only had it twice because no one knows when it will be made. Can you help find the recipe?"
Dorothy Donaldson of Rohnert Park, Calif., is seeking a recipe for sesame chicken "like the one served at the New Chinese Buffet in Grand Rapids, Minn. We just love it when on our annual vacation there."
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