Rice mixes draw mixed reaction* Item: Betty...

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Rice mixes draw mixed reaction

* Item: Betty Crocker rice mixes

* What you get: About 2 1/2 servings

* Cost: About $1.60

* Preparation time: 20 to 25 minutes stove top, 25 to 30 minutes microwave

* Review: Betty Crocker's newest rice mixes are a mixed bag. On the plus side, they contain no artificial flavors or preservatives. On the minus side, microwave cooking times appear to vary from the instructions, and, across the board, the flavors aren't consistent. The Garden Vegetable Pilaf was fresh and fluffy, but the Cheddar and Broccoli was a bit bland. And while the Creamy Herb Risotto had the typical creamy risotto texture, the seasonings tasted false.

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