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splendid side dish! 
Jan. 18, 2012 6:16 pm 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2012 4:17 pm
I can't recall just how I stumbled upon this recipe (here at AR) but I am so glad that I did!  Not only did I enjoy it the day I made it, but this evening, I added a bit more to it, and enjoyed it all over again!

Sarah's Rice Pilaf - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sarahs-rice-pilaf/detail.aspx<

It's a mix of rice and pasta... recipe calls for orzo, but I subbed what I had in the pantry.  In addition to onion, I added sliced celery and carrot.  For tonight, I added a 1/2 C frozen peas, making it not only a "starch," but a "veg" also, and paired it with a piece of salmon that I broiled with a pat of butter, and a sprinkle of salt.

Regardless of what this recipe may "morph" into in the future, it's a wonderful dish as the recipe is written, but also so versatile that you can make it into anything you may wish!  I will admit though, that the first thing I changed, was as I was frying the pasta in butter, I added the rice also, and let it simmer with the pasta.  (Rice-a-Roni sprang to mind...)  I printed the original, and placed it in my "keeper" file...

As I ate my dinner this evening, I wondered how it may have turned out, had I cooked the salmon, and simply flaked it, adding it to the pasta/rice mix!

Meanwhile, we're two weeks tomorrow without heat in half of the house - other than a small space heater, that is.  The insurance co is being a major pain, and tomorrow I expect two "outside" companies to  arrive, to check out and I presume "verify" the original reports.  At this rate, I might just have heat by the time I need a/c!  CrazyCook will maintain time in the kitchen... where I do find the solace of heat from the stove!  I've accepted the reality that the wheels will turn only as fast as they are allowed...  As long as I can sleep at night without "freezing," I guess I'm ahead of the game!

So, be well, be happy, be crazy!
Jan. 18, 2012 8:02 pm
Nice recipe and saved. There are times around this old place where it is actually warmer outside than it is inside. Here I sit under a quilt and wearing a jacket. With two small electric heaters going because electric is cheaper than gas. Remember one night when we first moved in and didn't have gas or the furnace running yet we slept under six blankets.
Jan. 18, 2012 9:10 pm
I hope this recipe works for you as well as it did (and will continue to do) for me! Wish my electric blanket works... but try to buy one in Phoenix! Maybe I should get one via internet... probably will arrive before my new heater! Be well, redly!
Jan. 19, 2012 12:49 am
That pic of Pyewacket is so striking. Looked at your blog about her and our fairly new kitten sounds kind of like her. She is black but wandered around the house howling for a few days last week. My first cat (Zen) was a pure bred Siamese and had an all black kitten. This one howls just the same as my Blue Point even if she is black.
Jan. 19, 2012 3:41 am
hey Stevie that sounds good,i will save it, i will be the only one eating it...but maybe it don't make a lot, wow still without heat...man...i sure hope get get heat soon, i bet you are spending a lot of time in the part of house that does have heat, try to stay warm friend ...ttyl...Judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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