Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Chicken & Wild Rice SoupChicken and Wild Rice SoupWe like this recipe because it’s ready in less than 30 minutes when I have shredded chicken in the freezer! If you need to cook the chicken, add about 20 minutes to this recipe*.Ingredients:4 c. chicken broth2 c. tap water2 cooked, boneless chicken breast halves, shredded1 (4.5 oz) package quick-cooking long grain and wild rice with seasoning packet½ tsp. salt½ tsp. ground black pepper...more

Slimming Down

An unexpected result of being away from home is that I am slimming down quickly. My home is typically stocked with all kinds of little bites for me to graze on throughout the day. Now that I have a few storage and cooking limitations, I think long and hard before putting an item into my shopping basket. That means meal planning is a lot more organized and I make sure to only purchase items I need for dishes I plan to make in the next few days. Just one week into my training and my clothes are already fitting a little more loosely. Imagine that!...more

Gluten-Free Mushroom Mmmm-Mmmm-Umami and Wild Rice Soup

For Day 11 of Countdown to Soup Swap: A gluten-free mushroom soup with chewy wild rice standing in for the barley and lots of flavor from umami-rich ingredients like tomato paste, onion and parmesan. ...more

I just taught a group of seniors how to make a similar soup today, a simple mushroom barley ...more

wild rice with cranberries and toasted pecans

I made this as a side dish for dinner this week. It has such a complex flavor... slightly sweet from the cranberries, crunchy from the pecans and savory from the sauteed carrots. Michael was skeptical when he saw the pecans. He said, "What are you going to do with those?" "I'm going to put them in the rice." (long pause) ... "I'm not sure about that, but I will try it." "Uh huh, sure honey... thanks for being so adventurous..." ...more

Wild Rice Salad

Having eaten wild rice as a salad, I wanted to experiment that out first and then move on to including it in the successive courses. Though I didnt quite expect, the outcome was fulfilling. The flavor of the rice was in harmony with its nuttiness as well as the sweetness of the cranberries....not to forget those blanched pine nuts. ...more