Jeweled Forbidden Rice and a Star Giveaway

Jeweled Forbidden Rice |

Today’s recipe has absolutely nothing to do with cookies or holiday baking, but everything to do with eating foods that are delicious, good for your body, and produced with the highest of standards. Don’t worry, you’ll find no preachy posts here, just a simple, heart healthy, gluten free, dairy free recipe that could grace your holiday table or provide a quick and easy weeknight dinner for you and your family any time of year – AND, it ends with a #Giveaway of Star Fine Foods, maker of the Extra Virgin California Olive Oil featured here, and an assortment of their other fine products.

Way back in September (Wow, is it really December!) I attended an Olive Oil Tasting hosted by Star Fine Foods and Diane Cu and Todd Porter of White on Rice Couple. Much like wine tasting, but instead we were taken on a tour of the world’s richest olive oil regions including Spain, the Mediterranean, and the Holy Lands and, while we were there, the first to taste STAR® California Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), one of the first olive oils made exclusively from olives grown in California.

Since then, their EVOO California Olive Oil has honestly become my go-to olive oil – it’s light with fruity notes and a bold peppery finish (doesn’t that sound like wine) which makes it an ideal choice for dipping sauces, dressings, and cooking vegetables and proteins when you don’t desire a bold olive oil taste. Here I’ve combined it with the warm flavors of apple cider vinegar and curry to lightly coat exotic ebony grains of organic Forbidden Rice from Lotus Foods dotted with the vibrant jewel tones of dried apricots and cranberry, crunchy pistachios and the pleasurable pop of fresh pomegranate seeds.

Jeweled Forbidden Rice |


Jeweled Forbidden Rice |

Giveaway is now closed.


One lucky reader will have the opportunity to experience Star’s EV California Olive Oil as well as an assortment of other Star Fine Foods products.

Star Fine Foods products
Included in the basket are four bottles of Family Reserve Olive Oils: one each of Fresh Basil, Fresh Rosemary, Lemon Peel, and Roasted Garlic; Star Balsamic Vinegar,, Star Red Wine Vinegar, Star Cannonballs Stuffed Spanish Queen Olives, Star Spanish Salad Olives, Cara Mia Marinated Artichoke Hearts and Cara Mia Marinated Mushrooms.

How to Win?

1. MAIN ENTRY(required): Like the new She’s Cookin’s page on Facebook and leave a comment below letting me know that you have and please tell us about your favorite use of olive oil, too!

2. BONUS ENTRY: Follow @shescookin and @Star_Fine_Foods on Twitter and tweet the #Giveaway, then come back and tell us you tweeted. To make it easy, copy and paste this:  I just entered to win a basket of Olive Oil, Olives and more from @shescookin & @Star_Fine_Foods. Enter here #Giveaway

Important Details:

•    This giveaway is open to USA residents, age 18 and above only, and will run until Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm PST.
•    Winner will be chosen by and notified via the email provided on the comment form information.
•    Winner has until midnight, December 8, 2011 to claim the Star Fine Foods gift basket or we will choose another winner.
•    Winner will receive one gift basket of Star Fine Foods products (retail value of $65). Product will be shipped directly to the winner by Star Fine Foods.

Good Luck :-)

Disclosure: I have not been compensated to write this post and all opinions are mine. This is a way for me to give back to readers and followers of She’s Cookin’. Heck I’d like to be winning this wonderful basket of goodies!

Comments are Closed.

And, after qualifying the entries,  the Winner is…. Courtney! Congratulations Courtney :)

45 Responses to “Jeweled Forbidden Rice and a Star Giveaway”

  1. Laura @ Family Spice November 29 at 11:56 am #

    Mmmmm… this reminds me of a Persian rice dish we make with basmati rice. Sounds delicious!

  2. Laura @ Family Spice November 29 at 11:58 am #

    … And liked you on FB!

  3. Erin Nomura November 29 at 1:20 pm #


    I just entered to win a basket of Olive Oil, Olives and more from @shescookin & @Star_Fine_Foods.

  4. Magic of Spice November 29 at 2:08 pm #

    My favorite rice :) This is gorgeously prepared and would make a beautiful holiday side…great giveaway too 😉

  5. Tanantha November 29 at 3:06 pm #

    Olive oil tasting sounds very intriguing. I’ve had wine and caviar tasting but never have thought of olive oil tasting. I like the name of the rice already! I’ve heard of it before but don’t think I’ve tried it. Great giveaway Priscilla!

  6. Carolyn November 29 at 3:34 pm #

    Your rice is beautiful. I’d love to attend a good olive oil tasting.

  7. Shari Bonnin November 29 at 4:01 pm #

    I liked you on FB. One of my fave dishes with olive oil is roasted potatoes with olive oil and kosher salt just like my grandma used to make.

  8. Lori Menichetti November 29 at 4:17 pm #

    You & your sis are some great cooks! Is Ruth as talented too? Great site, & I like you on FB. :)

  9. Geez Louise! November 29 at 4:33 pm #

    following, tweeted- done… Love the California Star Olive oil, used it over salad as is! Delicious…

  10. Kim November 29 at 5:05 pm #

    Already liked on FB!

    We make our own salad dressings at the RGB… so one of my favorite olive oil applications would be to make a dressing. :)

    Nice basket!


  11. Kathy Nelson November 30 at 6:12 am #

    Love reading your blog & get many ideas & recipes from it. I use olive oil to make my own dressings,drizzle it on veggies, an the occasional splurge on eatting bread w a plate w olive oil & balsamic to dip it in!

  12. Kari November 30 at 7:34 am #

    I like you on FB. This basket is great. An olive oil tasting sounds so fun. I mostly use it in salad dressings and sauteing veggies.

  13. Jenne November 30 at 8:31 am #

    I liked the She’s Cookin facebook page

  14. Justin Moore-Brown November 30 at 9:44 am #

    Followed on Twitter, Liked on Facebook, and I’ve re-tweeted the suggested comments!

    Now crossing my fingers :-)

    And as far as how I love to use olive oils, I pretty much cook EVERYTHING with it, and have long wanted to start using flavored and different quality oils.

    Thanks for the great post!

  15. Diana Gervits November 30 at 10:20 am #

    I liked you on facebook and my favorite way to use olive oil is in pasta with clam sauce. thanks.

  16. Trix November 30 at 11:51 am #

    I just went and “liked” your Facebook page! I recently had forbidden rice for the first time, I love it. Great recipe …. I would love to dip some crusty bread in this olive oil!

  17. GIna November 30 at 7:04 pm #

    I think I already liked it, but I’ll like you again! Nice basket, how cool you got to taste the goods. I want some of that rice.

  18. Angie@Angie's Recipesa December 1 at 6:03 am #

    The rice looks great! Good luck to all!

  19. pachecopatty December 1 at 9:04 am #

    Hi Priscilla! I think I like and follow you everywhere:-)
    The rice looks delish and your give away rocks, such good stuff!

  20. Nancy@acommunaltable December 1 at 9:32 am #

    I could eat this every day… seriously!! Delicious!!

  21. Starr Lara December 2 at 8:58 am #

    I just entered to win a basket of Olive Oil, Olives and more from @shescookin & @Star_Fine_Foods.

    I love to rub baking potatoes with olive olive and minced garlic with a little salt, wrap in tin foil and bake in the oven. It is delicious.

  22. karen shaughnessy December 2 at 9:28 am #

    Ok..followed, tweeted, and now I am hungry! Aside from cooking with olive oil – yummy, I also use it on my skin – I mix just a tad in with my body lotion – blend it very well before applying it. My skin is so smooth!

  23. Marjory Betchkal December 2 at 11:59 am #

    I follow you. Love the rice recipe.

  24. Marcie T December 3 at 6:02 pm #

    You know I like you! I <3 rice and I'd love me some olive oil :)

  25. Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious December 5 at 8:38 am #

    I liked you on FBook! Favorite use of olive oil is as my go-to oil for a quick veggie saute!

  26. Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious December 5 at 8:45 am #

    I just tweeted ya! (I just entered to win a basket of Olive Oil, Olives and more from @shescookin & @Star_Fine_Foods. Enter here #Giveaway)

  27. Jean Mason December 5 at 7:23 pm #

    Coating tiny new potatoes with olive oil then sprinkling fresh or dried rosemary and salt on them and baking them until crispy on the outside. Melt in you mouth goodness! I liked you on facebook (and in person) :)!

  28. cyndi br December 6 at 9:24 am #

    like on facebook and use olive oil when I cook my pasta

  29. cyndi br December 6 at 9:25 am #

    followed on twitter and tweeted

  30. Sheila W. December 6 at 9:30 am #

    I liked you on Facebook and one of my favorite uses for olive oil is to season it and dip some yummy artisan bread in it. Yum!

  31. Sheila W. December 6 at 9:33 am #

    I followed you both on Twitter and Tweeted here:!/sheshe/status/144106831382462464

    Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome gift basket! :) :)

  32. Ruthanne Degen December 6 at 9:37 am #

    I just entered to win!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good Luck to me

  33. Courtney December 6 at 9:37 am #

    Liked your page. And, although I use olive oil in my dishes, I really enjoy using it around the house on woods, skin, lubricating metals (gears, hinges).

  34. Courtney December 6 at 9:39 am #

    Following you and Star Fine Foods on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway.

  35. steve risberg December 6 at 10:02 am #

    I like you FB. Simple use of olive oil drizzled over some really good bread!

  36. Karen Harris December 6 at 11:02 am #

    I like you on FB and follow you and Star on Twitter. I love olive oil for dipping and have just discovered olive oil ice cream . . . so delicious!

  37. Karen Harris December 6 at 11:04 am #

    Oops! I just tweeted your giveway too.

  38. Michelle December 6 at 11:31 am #

    I liked you on Facebook and am looking forward to following your posts! I use olive oil in cooking everything from tomato sauce to vegetables and beyond. My favorite olive oil application is to use it (instead of butter) to flavor popcorn. Popalicious!

  39. Ruthanne Degen December 7 at 7:14 am #

    I use olive oil in all my cooking from frying to baking.

  40. Maggie Neilson December 7 at 8:03 am #

    I like you on facebook. I like to use olive oil best in stirfry

  41. Katherine Wichmann Zacharias December 7 at 3:28 pm #

    I liked the new fb page and retweeted, thanks! My fav are olive oil tastings!

  42. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) December 7 at 8:02 pm #

    Congrats on the new page, Priscilla. :) I love the individual components of the rice dish and I can just imagine how harmonious they are together. So much good flavor in a bowl! Good luck to the giveaway winner (keeping fingers crossed it will be me!).

  43. Priscilla December 7 at 11:12 pm #

    Thanks for participating everyone! I don’t reply to your comments in a Giveaway as it makes it more difficult to determine the winner, but I enjoyed reading about how you like to use olive oil and appreciate each and every one of you :)

  44. Sandra's Easy Cooking January 5 at 6:52 pm #

    Awesome post..missed your giveaway:/ but congrats to a winner!
    your dish sound really tasty, and I do love your presentation and photos!
    Wishing you very Happy and Healthy New Year!!!!!!!!

  45. andrea k June 21 at 8:45 pm #

    Delicious! Love it, thank you!

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