One of the foods I looked forward to the most when we would have Friday night Shabbat dinners with my grandparents David and Giulia was this rice dish, which was always part of our meal. It was comforting, filling, and flavorful. I loved the bits of pepper and tomato and made sure I got some in every bite. When I tried to re-create it for my family, I made the mistake at first of putting in too many of those tasty bits I loved. It simply reaffirmed the fact that sometimes too much of a good thing ends up not being good anymore. I remember my grandmother’s rice was fluffy and soft and shorter than typical long-grain rice, but you can easily make this with other varieties of rice as well.
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