Tag Archives: rice

Dirty Rice with Andouille Sausage

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I’m sick.

You know, that kind of sore throat, stuffy head situation. Not so fun.

Last night, I made my “sick wife” demands. “Honnnnneeeeeyyyyy, will you please go get me some pho??? I neeeeeeeeddd pho.”

He did. And it was delicious. Pho (doused with a good amount of sriracha, of course) can cure all ills. Well, at least temporarily. The spicy broth has the magical ability to clear my head, and my nose, and get me back in the saddle.

But the show must go on. Or, in this case, the husband must be fed.

I faintly recall my mom making dirty rice when we were growing up. There may or may not have been a certain box mix involved. Box or no box, I love the cajun flavors and one-pot meal potential. Read More »

Thyme Roasted Vegetable and Wild Rice Pilaf

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Hunger inspires some of my favorite recipe ideas. Everyone has those days where there’s “nothing in the fridge”, you’re hungry and feeling a little lazy on the cooking front.

This happened to me last week. I was home by myself all day, and as noon approached and I hadn’t yet eaten anything, it was time to scour the fridge and the pantry to see what I could come up with.   All I had was some wild rice, a big, clunky squash and some celery and onions.

It was time to break out my favorite cooking method:  Roasting.  Roasting vegetables is the simplest, easiest, most brainless way of cooking vegetables.  The beautiful thing is that roasting them at a high heat brings out a vegetable’s  sweetness by caramelizing its natural sugars. Just pop them in the oven and boom, 20 minutes later you have tasty little morsels of goodness. Read More »

Mom’s Stuffed Cabbages

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My grandma loved cookbooks.  I mean, really loved them, more than anyone I know.  She had hundreds, all lining the bookshelves in her home.  There were stacks of Gourmet Magazine, and pages of torn-out recipes among the books.

Today, I too, love cookbooks.  My own collection is amassing and threatening to take over my bookshelf.  It seems my grandma’s love of the things is hereditary, although I would have never guessed it as a kid.

One of our favorite family dinners comes from a cookbook my grandma gave my mom before her passing, The Jewish Holiday Cookbook.  My grandma never actually made this dish, but my mom would make it for her on occasion, and it was one of her favorites as well. Read More »

Curried Rice and Artichoke Salad

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My mom has been making this salad since I can remember.

From what she says, she got the recipe from some lady at some time after she tasted it at a potluck.

Recipes with blurry origin can be some of the best — something shared by a stranger, one of their favorite recipes they deem worthy to bring to a gathering. Read More »