Pretty soon, I'm going to start cooking dinner. (We're late eaters, have I mentioned that? Usually 8 or 9 PM.) Last night, I made Chicken Creole--nothing complicated, just a Zatarain's with chicken--and it was quite tasty. I had quite a bit of chicken left, so I decided to make stir fry tonight, and I got some pea pods and mushrooms at the store today.
I'm going to try the sticky rice recipe and see how it works. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, because it tastes so much better to have that sticky rice with stir fry!
I had been buying some rice and stocking up on it before this whole alleged "rice shortage" hit. The press was talking about how stores were restricting rice purchases, and some even used the word "rationing." I believe this was sensationalistic journalism, and it turns out that they were restricting restaurants from buying too many of the huge 20-pound bags.
I was stocking up merely because rice is a nice staple, and I use it a lot in various dishes, from Asian to Mexican to American recipes. It's reasonably priced, and goes a long way. After I started buying white and brown rice on sale, I heard about a "shortage" and about rationing! The price has definitely gone up.
I think it's all overstated, at least here in the U.S. What concerns me is the number of poor nations that rely on rice as a food staple. I hope this rice hysteria won't adversely affect them.