Wild Rice

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When cranberries appear in the store, I know it is time to get out the wild rice. Not sure why I don’t think of it at other times of the year. It just seems to need cranberry/orange relish to go with it.

I usually cook it by itself because it always takes a lot longer than any other kind of rice – about an hour and a half, really, although directions will frequently say 45 minutes. If you want it nice and fluffy, it takes a while. But it keeps well, so I just cook up a batch and keep it in the refrigerator to mix with other grains as the mood strikes. It adds a nice nutty taste, and goes well with almonds mixed into whatever dish you are making.

As you can see, I like to sauté a big batch of celery, onions and carrots, keeping it moist with chicken broth, and then mix in some other kind of rice. Wild rice by itself is just a little too potent for my tastes.

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About judilyn

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6 Responses to Wild Rice

  1. Sherry says:

    Looks like a delicious meal. Those are a few of my favorite things. I’m a greens lover.

  2. Sharon says:

    Oh, my! You ought to be getting paid for your food photography!

    My ex FIL used to love to cook. One of our favorite meals was his Cornish game hens stuffed with wild rice, glazed with a burgandy sauce. Your photo reminds me of it, 🙂

    • judilyn says:

      Haha! That’s how I got started with wild rice decades ago. As a new wife in the early 60’s, I found a recipe for Wild Rice Stuffed Rock Cornish Game Hens, and couldn’t wait to try it. They were all the rage at the time. I still make them from time to time, but since it is the rice that makes the dish, I just usually serve it on the side with regular roasted chicken. I like it just as well, in all honesty, and it is a LOT easier! ;->

      And I *do* get paid – with all the good conversations with my foody friends! ;->

      • Sharon says:

        That is so funny!!! Honestly, I am not that crazy about Cornish game hens, but it was the mystique of the dish and the fact that he made it that made it so special to us.

        You know, Judie, people have asked why I don’t monetize my blog. I own my own domain and could easily move the blog and put ads on it. But I don’t really need the money and I’m afraid it would impact the spontaneity I feel when I do a post. Or when I decide not to do one.

        I do know that my joy in doing graphics years ago completely disappeared when I started doing paid graphics. It was no longer fun. It was work then.

        I know that WordPress sticks their ads on my blog sometimes, but I can ignore that since I don’t have any financial interest in it.

        I am thrilled that so many others are making a nice second income with ads on their blogs and it’s a great idea. It’s just something I don’t want to do right now.

        All that rambling is in response to your saying you DO get paid. 🙂

      • judilyn says:

        Exactly. I have zero interest in being tied to a blog because of the financial aspect, or because anything in particular is expected of me in my writings. I am thrilled to be able to put in whatever floats my boat, and to see folks enjoy it and tell me about it. I’m sure there are plenty of readers who say “Meh”, or worse, but I do the blog for myself, and that is all that is important to me. Friendly conversations are an incredible bonus! ;->

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