Farro Risotto With Tomatoes

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Vegetables and Sides, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

Since our first trip to Italy I have been a big fan of farro. Farro is made from Emmer Wheat, not spelt. The first time I had it was in a ribollita at La Bottega, a little restaurant in Volpaia, a small town in Chianti. I had read that the mother of the family who own …

Curried Rice Salad

Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Summer Salads

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. If you are in the mood for the taste of curry, this salad is for you!  We barbecued some chicken wings to have with it…delicious!  And it would be great to take to a barbecue! You can add cooked barbecued chicken or Chinese barbecued pork …

Baked Polenta With Onions And Bacon

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Rice, Grains and Beans, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. Joe likes it!  That’s what the note at the top of the recipe says! The polenta is prepared in the microwave then finished in the oven. I think it would be excellent with chicken, perhaps Joe’s Tuscan Chicken or chicken with barbecue sauce & a nice salad. …

Milanese Rice

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Rice, Grains and Beans, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

I like to make this rice, a baked “risotto” to accompany Osso Bucco. It’s not the usual cooked on top of the stove, stirring almost constantly, so it does make things a little easier for the cook. However, feel free to change it up & do it the traditional way! I love the saffron in …

Creamy Polenta

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Rice, Grains and Beans, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. This version of polenta is basically one that requires very little stirring;  a good thing in my eyes! 4 cups water 1 tsp. salt 1 cup polenta (not quick-cooking) 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter **If you like you can put a bit of fresh thyme in the …

Middle Eastern Couscous

Fall Pasta, Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Pasta, Spring Rice, Grains and Beans, Summer Pasta, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Pasta, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

This couscous would make an excellent accompaniment to Lamb. Makes 6 Servings 1 ½ cups water 2 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. salt 1 ½ cups couscous ½ cup green peas, blanched if fresh or thawed if frozen 1/3 cup dried apricots, diced 1/3 cup raisins, soaked in hot water if dried out …

Yellow And Red Pepper Risotto

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans

Not only is the colour of this risotto gorgeous, it is absolutely delicious.  With the addition of zucchini this is the perfect summer risotto, especially if your garden is overrun with them.  My favourite is Romanesco zucchini if you can find them try them!  I think I will go and make some risotto right now! Makes 4 …

Saffron Rice With Chorizo

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Rice, Grains and Beans, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

I think this makes a great side dish for barbecued chicken, fish or seafood but you could have it any time of the year! Makes 6-8 Servings ¼ cup EVO 1 large onion, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 3 large garlic cloves, minced 2 cups long-grain rice, such as Uncle Ben’s ¾ lb. …