Slice is really picky about his rice.
I mean, really picky.
I learned early on in our relationship that you ALWAYS wash rice before you cook it, and also, that not all rice is created equal.
(If you ever say "rice is rice" in his company, he may not correct you, but he will give you a Look. Because in Japan, rice is not rice. There are different varieties in different areas, and some are better than others, and sticky rice is the only edible kind.)
SO. For two years now, we've been on the hunt for a good rice cooker. I've learned how to cook it pretty well by myself, even on an electric stove, but it's tricky and messy and sometimes time-consuming.
The special rice cookers that Slice is partial to have all kinds of options - but are generally in the $100+ range. Ahem. Hence, the rice cooker purchase has been on the back burner (so to speak) for quite a while.
Last weekend Slice worked in Vernal for a few days. He came home from Wal-Mart with "a housewarming gift," he called it; I got nervous. But then he pulled out one of these and, turns out, it cost only $39.
Last night was the trial run. Hawaiian haystacks were on the dinner menu (well that's a lie, we never ever have a dinner menu), and Slice returned from the grocery store all in a dither. He opened the lid: WONDER OF WONDERS.
Beautiful rice! Cooked to the perfect sticky-ness!
I am not joking, he did a big victory dance right here in the kitchen.
This rice cooker is changing our lives.