These Parmesan cauliflower bites are crunchy and addicting. They make a yummy snack and are ready in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve become obsessed with roasted cauliflower lately. These cauliflower bites are breaded, baked until crispy and then served with a side of marinara sauce. We polished off a giant plate’s worth in no time. Okay, Mr. K was a little mad at first because I didn’t tell him it was cauliflower and he thought it was chicken, but once he got his head around it, he enjoyed them too.

With the weather cooling down, casseroles have been on my mind. Today, I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious chicken rice casserole and a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

I made this casserole as part of RiceSelect’s “Rethink Rice” program. The goal is to redefine rice by creating dishes where rice is the hero of the dish rather than just a plain side or something to lay your entree on. Coming from an Asian background, rice has definitely been more than just a side and has been an integral part of many of my favorite dishes, like sushi, fried rice, rice pudding and risotto.

For this campaign, I was given RiceSelect’s Arborio Blend™ with Mushrooms to try. I love, love mushrooms, so I was really excited to try this out. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free! All RiceSelect products are grown, milled, and packaged in the USA and are produced from non-GMO proprietary seed. There is also an Arborio Blend™ with Jalapeño that I will need to try on a later date.

Le Parfait Paris opened this weekend in downtown San Diego. The French-owned catering company has had its presence at farmer’s markets and a corporate office in the Mission Gorge area that is open to the public on weekdays.

We visited the corporate location earlier this year and sampled some of the offerings made by Chef Jean François Fays, who is from the south of France. At the time, I knew the downtown location was in the works and I’ve been following the progress ever since.

On Saturday morning, I was browsing catching up on Facebook when I came across the announcement that they were open. They had opened at 8 am and we stopped in around 11 am. While the store was up and running, it was clear they were still working to get things set up.

(Love these open windows!)

The bakery and cafe offers a variety of classic French pastries, breads, macarons, and cakes.