I just celebrated the birthday that I will be celebrating the rest of my life. Thirty nine. Okay, now let's talk about food.
I included the rice recipe. Keeping with the birthday theme, I called it Fiesta Rice. I also served chips (Juanita's - which are my personal favorite!) and salsa, and a great summer crab salad.
In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add the rice. Stir to coat. Add the peppers, onions and garlic and cook for five minutes until rice is lightly toasted and vegetables are softened. Stir occassionally. Add the Ranchero Sauce and water. Cover skillet and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and simmer about 25 minutes until rice has absorbed the liquid and is done cooking. Remove from heat. Stir in the green chilis and black beans. Serve hot!