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by Caitlin Saniga

Mushroom and wild rice soup

I would have made a great Minnesotan. Mushroom and wild rice soup, a Minnesota classic, is one of my favorite comfort foods.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Wild rice salad with celery and walnut dressing

This salad gave me a great excuse to buy an ingredient I’ve been eying curiously for months: walnut oil. A great source of omega (3, 6 and 9!) fatty acids, walnut oil can usually be found in the olive oil section at the grocery store. I can definitely foresee doing some creative experiments with the oil later, but for this dish it provided a nice, Earthy undertone for the otherwise tart dressing.

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by Caitlin Saniga

This was a new flavor combination for me: savory, tangy and nutty. Black rice, which actually looks more purple once it’s cooked, is my new favorite super-food, rich in fiber and iron.

Salad:

  • 1 cup uncooked black rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 large red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup cashew halves
  • 3 green onions, sliced

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of freshly ground pepper

Using a strainer, thoroughly rinse the rice.

In a medium pot, bring the rice and chicken broth to a boil. Simmer over low heat, covered, for 40-45 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

In the meantime, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the peppers and red onion and stir occasionally for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the vegetables soften. Add the cashews and green onions, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

To prepare the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

When the rice is done, pour off the extra liquid and stir in the vegetable mixture. Pour the dressing over top and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe adapted from: Parade magazine

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