Rice: Not Just For Cooking

Good morning! It’s been a while, right? I can’t thank Lauren, Jessie, Ameena, Caitlin, and Beth enough for holding down the fort while I unplugged for the long weekend. In case you missed any of these wonderful guest posts, be sure to check them out here:

And whether you’re a reader or a blogger, if you’d ever like to write a guest post for LVP just shoot me an e-mail with your idea and we’ll schedule a time for it to go up. I always love finding new writers through other people’s blogs, and it’s fun to have a little variety!

In other, more embarrassing news… I am currently without a phone. I’m not afraid to admit when I do silly, thoughtless things, but this one really takes the cake. On Monday night, after a four-day weekend, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to wake up for school. So insteadof keeping my cell phone (which functions as my alarm) near by bed as I usually do, I put it on my desk… balanced over a mug of water. dead blackberry.JPG

You see where this story is going. The vibrations of the alarm must have knocked the phone off its balance, and I woke up to find it half-submerged in water.


Soooo it’s been taking a rice bath for the last 24+ hours – the battery is in basmati, the body is in wild. I’ve been hearing for years that rice does a really good job of absorbing water and bringing electronics back to life, so hopefully this works! But so far, only a sad little red flashing light comes on when I put the two together again.

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I’m long overdue for an upgrade and a new phone, but what complicates matters is that I was gifted a new iPhone for my birthday, and those don’t even come out until tomorrow. And I hear there’s a really long waitlist! So this whole thing is completely my fault and actually kind of funny, but it’s the first phone I’ve ever broken so I’m not being too hard on myself. I just wonder how long I can go without one!

Illustrating how reliant I am on technology, the whole day felt off yesterday. I’ve worn a watch since I was 9, but I always set it a little fast so I kept thinking I had more time than I did. Enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of amaranth pudding:

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  • cooked amaranth reheated in almond milk
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana
  • goji berries
  • sunflower butter

Tuesdays are my long day, with four classes spread from 9 AM – 7 PM. Not terrible, but I’m kind of all over the place. I ate lunch between classes: a leftover spinach-tofu stir-fry served over fresh spinach, and an apple.


I have a 3.5 hour break in the middle of the day, and while it would make more sense to stay on campus and get things done, I usually give my brain a break and go home and relax for a bit. Unfortunately, on my way back to school, the Occupy Wall Street protest had moved directly into Crosstown Bus line, and it took over an hour and a half to get to class.   

Politics aside, some fancy CSA grapes to munch on the bus:


After class, I met Rebecca, Sarah (Rebecca’s sister) Shayne, Sofia, Leslie, and Megan at Pazza Notte for happy hour. Leslie, Megan and I first went there together last summer, drawn to their 2-for-1 martini deal. Still, I didn’t look up the exact address before I left the house, and spent a good 30 minutes walking up and down 6th and 7th avenue trying to find the place. Not having a phone is hard!

I wasn’t up for my second dirty martini last night, so Sarah helped me out.

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When I got home, I had some steamed yellow beans and leftover Spaghetti with Walnuts and Anchovies that my dad had made.

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I know anchovies can be a little intimidating… you’re probably picturing something really fishy and weird, which is definitely not what you want your pasta to be. But I was converted to anchovies earlier this year, and just a little bit goes a long way to add a lot of flavor. This pasta is no exception. I kept going back to the fridge and eating cold forkfuls!

For dessert, I had a bowl of vanilla ice cream with Sea Salt Soirée chocolate. Must restock the dairy-free frozen treats… my tummy was not happy, but sometimes the pain is worth that creamy goodness.


This week will be a week for cooking!

Goal for 2011 update: Cook One New Recipe A Week

Week 1: Lemony Spaghetti with Bitter Greens & Chickpeas

Week 2: Lentil Chili

Week 3: Chickpeas in Star Anise & Date Masala

Week 4: Thai-Style Black Beans w/ Mango & Cilantro

Week 5: Ten Minute Tasty Asparagus & Brown Rice, Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cheddar and Toasted Almonds, Warm Red Lentil Salad, Garlicky Sesame-Cured Broccoli Salad.

Week 6: Beets, Spiced Quinoa & Yogurt, Sesame-Cooked Eggs Over Rice

Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries

Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes

Week 9: Rutabagas with Buckwheat, Black Beans & Kale, Garlicky Mushroom Greens

Week 10: Tamarind Lentils, The Double-Shift Scramble

Week 11: Spicy Chickpea Salad, Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze, Spicy Red Lentil, Peanut & Pumpkin Soup

Week 12: Sunday Night Supper Salad, Peanut Butter Banana-Berry French Toast Sandwich

Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich

Week 14: Black Bean Soup, Sweet Pumpkin Pudding

Week 15: Green Rice

Week 16: Matzoh Buttercrunch Candy,  Quinoa with Moroccan Winter Squash and Carrot Stew

Week 17: Truffled Turnip Soup, Nutty Lemon Brussels Sprouts, Cookie Dough Smoothie

Week 18: Raw Chocolate Fudge Cake, Spring Pasta

Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar

Week 20: Ultimate Veggie Burgers, Mmm Sauce

Week 21: Ribbed Asparagus Salad with Lemon, Spinach & Chickpeas, Chocolate-Chip Blondies, Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes, Leek Zucchini Pasta Salad

Week 22: Sesame Ginger Kale Salad, Hoisin Ginger Tofu with Smoky Tahini Slaw  

Week 23: Pan-Seared Asparagus Salad with Frisée and Fried Egg, Baked Ziti, Brown Butter Banana Strawberry Bread, Green Bowl   

Week 24: Quinoa Cookies, Chocolate Mousse

Week 26: Sweet Potato Stuffed with Caramelized Tempeh and Sautéed Kale, Shaved Fennel Salad, Summer Pesto

Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes

Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad

Week 30: Swiss Chard with Currants and Pine Nuts

Week 31: Babaganoush Soup, Freekeh Risotto, Brown Butter (Plum) Cake or Cobbler

Week 32: (Modified) Tomato Salad on a Roll

Week 33: None :-(

Week 34: None :-(

Week 35: Pappardelle with Spiced Butter

Week 36: Cucumber Peanut Salad, Grilled Peach and Avocado Salad

Week 37: Nut-Butter Crusted Fries

Week 38: Harvest Bread, Red Lentil Soup, Halibut with North African Spices, Warm Shrimp Salad with Red Chili, Kamut and Tarragon

Week 39: Roasted Garbanzo Beans and Garlic with Swiss Chard, White Bean and Parmesan Baked Orzo, Rustic Plum Crostata with Lemon Thyme

Week 40: Chocolate Cherry Pumpkin Bread

Week 41: Pumpkin Boatmeal for One

What’s the longest you’ve gone without a phone? And do you have any tips for reviving a dead cell?

13 comments to Rice: Not Just For Cooking

  • Beth Ingber

    this might sound crazy but it worked once for me.. put the phone in a toaster or reg oven set at 200….the lowest heat….on the toaster oven I kept the door open…..the warm dried out the phone…..without cooking it and it worked….just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesnt get too hot….

  • Thanks again for letting me guest post :) and yay happy hour!!! But I tried a dirty martini once and was not a fan. That was over a year ago though, may need to try again!

  • Oh no, hope your phone gets fixed! That amaranth pudding looks lovely, will have to try that!

  • No worries about the phone because apparently the entire Blackberry world is down right now. My phone hasn’t been working all day and now I find out it’s an outage country wide. Great BB!!! :)

  • Danielle

    Oh crap! Sorry about your phone. I’m going to kickboxing tonight at the rock center gym. Let me know if you want to come with!

  • Aunt Mary

    KT – check with your Mom – I think you have insurance to cover it. Also – I was told by Verizon that stores should have Iphones on Friday – make an appointment.

  • You are amazing for never breaking a phone before now….I’m on my twentieth in six years….

  • em

    uggh, no fun! i tried the rice trick after drowning my phone once, but it didn’t work. :( it’s worked for a lot of other people i know, though.

    and you will LOVE the iphone. it’s so great. really. :)

  • Hopefully your phone is working again soon! Not that it will make you feel any better, but ALL Blackberry’s are down for the count today :( Mine is actually getting emails now, so maybe it’s working again!!

  • oh no! I hope the rice dries it out and I hope you get the new iPhone soon! You must download instagram once you have it- I= obsessed! Your Dad made one rocking dinner. And now I want grapes!

  • Oh no! It is never good when your phone is out of commission! Hope the rice works for you!

  • haha, that made me smile – a phone in the rice pot! those grapes looks scrumptious :)

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