Posts Tagged ‘Falcon Rice Mill’

Match Made in Cajun Country

February 12th, 2015 by Cajun Country Rice

Match Made in Cajun Country

Exploring and experimenting with different flavor combinations is the key to crafting memorable meals. But did you know that when it comes to rice, the variation you choose could add a whole new dimension to your dish? Each variation of Cajun Country Rice has dishes that are a perfect match. Read on to find out which combinations are meant to be.

Medium Grain White Rice

Medium grain rice is softer and clings together more than its long grain counterpart. It tends to soak up flavors well, making it perfect for dishes with thick sauces or gravies, like crawfish étouffée or rice and gravy. Its softness also pairs well with dishes like paella and risotto, and sushi. Our favorite way to eat it, however, will always be in a nice jambalaya!

Long Grain White Rice

While long grain and medium grain rice are somewhat interchangeable, long grain rice kernels are more separated and firm than medium grain. This grain is ideal for stir-fry dishes, like fried rice. It also holds up better in soups and gumbos.

Brown Rice

Often seen as the healthiest grain of rice due to its higher fiber content, this variety pairs well with lettuce wraps and lots of veggies. Ginger, sesame and mushroom flavors complement the nuttier notes of brown rice.

Jasmine Rice

Jasmine rice is a more delicate, soft variety and pairs best with Asian-inspired dishes and flavors like coconut, curry, and chai.

Popcorn Rice

Popcorn rice complements just about anything. It’s length and width is similar to long grain rice, but its fragrant, lively character adds an extra bit of love to any dish. Add popcorn rice to your red beans for a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Celebrate What You Love

October 17th, 2014 by Christine Fulton

Celebrate What You Love

Every so often something is deemed so integral to Louisiana culture that it merits a celebration. Rice has been a staple of Louisiana agriculture since the eighteenth century, and has been celebrated in Crowley, Louisiana with the International Rice Festival for the past 78 years. Crowley has even been called “The Rice Capital of the World.”

Every year during the third week of October, the International Rice Festival welcomes people from near and far to participate in a variety of activities. The festival is filled with music, games and lots of eating. Everything heats up in Crowley — from the dance floor to the stove burners. This year marks the festival’s 78th celebration of rice and farming, and we encourage everyone to visit and check out the International Rice Festival for themselves.

Few things excite us as much as seeing our community gather to celebrate the crop that our family has enjoyed sharing for the past 72 years. We hate to miss a moment of the Rice Festival fun, but we may have to be excused to welcome our farmers’ harvest from their second crop of rice. But don’t worry — we’ll be back just in time to two-step.

la_crowley

78th International Rice Festival

Crowley, La.

October 16-19, 2014

Schedule of Events

Sounds Like Home

October 11th, 2014 by Christine Fulton

Sounds Like Home

People often talk about certain smells or sights that remind them of home. For me? It’s a sound. The slow in-and-out of a melancholy waltz, the upbeat pulse of a two-step… accordions have always provided the soundtrack for our home. My uncle Randy Falcon is well known for his hand-crafted accordions, the instrument of choice for musicians like Jamie Bergeron and Wayne Toups.

A few generations before now, Joe Falcon and Cleoma Breaux introduced Cajun music to the masses with their song “Allons à Lafayette.” Cajun music — like rice — is in our blood.

Here in south Louisiana, we’re so blessed to have a music that is uniquely ours. Our heritage is something to be treasured, whether at a Saturday night fais-do-do or at a bigger to-do like Lafayette’s Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. There’s no better place to be on an October afternoon than beneath the live oaks of Girard Park, enjoying the melodies and music of home.


FalconAccordion

40th Annual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Girard Park, Lafayette, La.

October 10-12, 2014

10 Facts About Rice

September 28th, 2014 by Robert "Robbie" Trahan

Rice

10 Facts About Rice

Rice is one of the oldest known foods consumed by humans, and there are a lot of interesting facts out there about its history, use and nutritional value. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite facts about rice.

  • Humans have been eating rice for over 5,000 years.
  • Rice farming on a wide commercial basis in Louisiana began in the late 19th century.
  • Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why rice was traditionally thrown during weddings.
  • September was established as National Rice Month in 1991 by Congress and the President.
  • After harvest, many rice farmers flood their fields to create a prime habitat for wintering waterfowl.
  • 10,000 farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Missouri grow over 24 billion pounds of rice in the U.S. each year.
  • 1 cup of long-grain, cooked rice has 206 calories.
  • Rice has always been naturally gluten free.
  • Rice is a great source of natural energy, supplying complex carbohydrates that fuel physical activity.
  • Rice fields can also be used to farm one of Louisiana’s favorite delicacies—crawfish.