The Mill on MacArthur: A Review

Artichoke Po Boy with Sweet Potato Fries

Where: The Mill (MacArthur Ave. Richmond)
What: American Cuisine, Vegetarian
Number of People: 3
Total Cost: $100
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

It was a celebrating kind of day so some friends and I headed to The Mill. I had never been there and was shocked considering I used to live across the street and I go to school around the corner. The food was excellent. They have a large variety of vegetarian and vegan options and today was Vegetarian Monday. I had the artichoke po boy, which was yummy. The artichokes were very well cooked and they came on chibatta with tomato, lettuce and a Cajun remoulade. I had a side of sweet potato fries and the house wine to drink. The sandwich was great. There wasn’t enough spicy so I got some remoulade on the side and it was perfect. The fries were great as well. We had two appetizers, vegetable pot stickers and fried oysters. The pot stickers were good. There wasn’t a lot of filling but the wrapper didn’t take over the taste. The oysters were delicious and came with some of the remoulade. Scott got the meatloaf and liked it. He had issue with the fact that his green beans were crunchy, but that’s how I like them. Sandy got the pasta primavera and also seemed to enjoy it. For dessert they had ice cream from Bev’s so I had the tiramisu gelato, which is always delicious, along with some decaf.

The atmosphere was very welcoming. There was a lot of light and everything was very simple. The waitress was very nice and attentive. She even offered another dessert to Scott since his cupcake was the last one and potentially a little dry. It was a wonderful meal and I will definitely be returning and introducing more people to this place.


Fresh Vegetable Marinara

Fresh Vegetable Marinara

Serves: A lot
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour


1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 yellow squash, diced
1 green squash, diced
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 yellow onions, chopped
5 small cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, sliced or diced
1/4 cup basil, chopped


1. Heat onions and garlic until softened, not browned. Add other vegetables, basil and salt and cook until softened.

2. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about one hour, stirring occasionally. Add to pasta, chicken, whatever you want!

Recipe is an original.

So I had a ton of vegetables in the refrigerator and am trying to heat more of them. I also wanted to make my own marinara. And so we have vegetable marinara. I couldn’t find a straight recipe online for this so hopefully it’s helpful. It’s a great way to get fresh veggies in a tasty form. I used my cast iron dutch oven for this. You definitely want something that is very deep. It makes A LOT of sauce.


Spaghetti with Corn, Popped Tomatoes, Bacon and Arugula

Spaghetti with Corn, Popped Tomatoes, Bacon and Arugula

Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 mnutes


1 box long pasta (I used thick spaghetti)
1/4 lb bacon, cut into 1/4 in strips
Olive oil
3 garlic cloves, smashed
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
3 ears of corn (or 1/2 bag frozen)
1 1/2 cups baby arugula
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup parmesan


1. Boil water for pasta. Salt generously. Heat olive oil in a pan and add bacon, garlic and red pepper when oil is hot.

2. After garlic browns (2-3 minutes) remove from pot and disgard. Add tomatoes and toss to coat. Add salt and chicken stock and place on medium heat. Cook tomatoes until they pop (8-10 minutes). Add corn.

3. Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed, subtracting one minute from cooking time. Drain pasta. Add to veggies and toss.

4. Remove pan from heat and add arugula and drizzle with olive oil. Top with parmesan. Serve hot!

Recipe adapted from Anne Burell’s Cook Like a Rock Star.

This was a great recipe that was very easy and tasty. I had always been under the impression that pasta had to have some kind of sauce on it and I love that the sauce on this recipe is bacon fat, olive oil and cooking juices. It was very clean and fresh with a nice bite. Plus it looked pretty. I will definitely keep this on hand for when I need a tasty, easy meal. Also, sorry about the long absence. It was Spring Break last week and I did nothing but sleep and watch Food Network. Woohoo!


My First Blog Award! 7×7

Yay! I was nominated yesterday for my first blog award! I’ll admit. I cheated a little since the person who nominated me is my boyfriend, but he also legitimately loves my blog as well as me. Probably mostly because he gets to eat all the food I cook. But I digress!

Here are the rules for receiving the award:

1. Thank the person who gave it to you.

2. Share seven random facts about yourself.

3. Share seven of your worthy posts under the following headers: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful, Most Popular, Most Controversial, Most Surprisingly Successful, Most Underrated and Most Pride Worthy.

4. Nominate seven other bloggers and notify them.

So here we go!

1. I was nominated for this award by my amazing, awesome and talented boyfriend Adam over at Eat, Sleep, Television. Adam is a movie and tv fanatic and is also excellent at breaking episodes and movies down and just telling you how he feels. He has done some excellent reviews and even though I don’t always agree with him (Avatar ROCKS!), I love his style and ability to see things others cannot. His dream in life is to become a critic so go help him out. It will be a win-win situation.

2. Seven Random Facts… Alrighty then.

  1. I don’t like crunchy desserts. My cookies will be doughy, Bob Darn It!
  2. I have an obsession with shoes. And purses. And clothes. And shopping in general.
  3. I wear a shower cap. Curly girls represent!
  4. I’m related to Stonewall Jackson by marriage.
  5. My mother is Anne Rice.
  6. I LOVE Hello Kitty. Like seriously. LOVE.
  7. The story behind Basmati Taco, the name. My last name is Rice. Once day my friend and I were signing up for online dating (and it worked out well I must say) and it is ridiculously hard to come up with screen names for these things. My friend suggested something rice related and we came up with Basmati. Well, that was already taken and the site recommended trying Basmati_Taco. And there you have it. I actually have never had a Basmati Taco but it will happen someday. Indian-style tacos here I come!

3. My posts:

4. And the nominees are:

  1. Journey Too
  2. Going Dutch
  3. Cloud of Lace
  4. Danny’s Kitchen
  5. Lauren’s Road Less Traveled
  6. Assia’s Kaleidoscope
  7. A Teaspoon Of Tumeric

And there you have it! Thanks so much to Adam and to all my readers!


Espresso Steak with Pasta

Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Pasta

Serves 2-4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: About 20 minutes


2 lbs steak (Thin-cut Rib Eye shown)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 box Angel Hair Capallini pasta (or noodle of your choice)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
8 oz. Baby Portabella mushrooms, sliced
3 tbs espresso rub
5-6 sun dried tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine (Recommend Marsala)
Olive oil
Balsamic Vinegar
3 tbs butter
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Spinach and Walnut Pesto

Spinach and Walnut Pesto with Rotini

Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

1 cup chopped walnuts
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 cups (4 oz) Asiago or Parmesan cheese
3 oz baby spinach
3 oz arugula
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

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