Hobos and rice

Do not adjust your computer screens. Freckles Chick is indeed posting about a recipe (and referring to herself in the 3rd person). This is such an easy, healthy, and versatile summer side dish that I've been making for years. Since I don't have much by way of house and decor progress currently, I figured, why not share this with you?

I'm sure you've heard of and might have made these before. I call them "hobo packets" (they're fantastic for camping too). If you ever come over for dinner at our house, this is a tried and true crowd pleaser.
What I'm trying to say is that you will not die of food poisoning if I serve you this side dish. You're welcome.

You will need these: olive oil, garlic, spices/seasonings of your choice, pretty much any veggies you have on hand (hence the apt name "hobo"), and some foil. I told you it's versatile.

Glass of wine and nutella, completely optional.
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This time, I used red potatoes (skin on), green and orange bell pepper, red onion, and 2 cloves of minced garlic (sweet potatoes are delicous, too). Chop everything into bite-sized pieces. Toss everything in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and liberally sprinkle on spices/seasoning. I used kosher salt, freshly-cracked black pepper, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and a couple shots of Tapatio for a hot kick. Let sit for 30 minutes to "marinate".
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Place on foil (the bigger the pile, the longer it will take to cook obviously).
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Fold up foil to create pouches (doesn't need to be totally airtight but secure enough so that oil doesn't leak out). Throw onto the grill (low heat) and cook for 30 minutes (turning pouches every 10 min.) or until potatoes slide off a fork easily when pierced.
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I'd like to take this opportunity to rave about my rice cooker. If you love rice, you need one of these. My dear mother bought me this when I went off to college because she thought I was going to starve. It's a bit spendy and found at specialty Asian markets (or select gourmet food stores) but it will be THE only rice cooker you'll ever need. I've had mine for 12 years. You basically put your desired amount of rice in, add water (just under 1 inch of water should show from the top of the rice), plug it in, forget about it, and you'll get perfectly steamed, fluffy rice in no time everytime. The bowl insert is non-stick, there's a retractable cord, and a light that blinks when the rice is perfectly cooked.
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And while we're at it, throw out your instant/minute/Uncle Ben's rice. Jasmine rice is so fragrant and delicious, it'll make you cry.
Trust me, I should know because I'm totally Asian .
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I know, I should be a food photographer, huh?
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Enjoy with a freckley friend with flat hair. Horrible hair day! Just keeping it real around here.......