Sausage- Spiked Peas ‘n’ Rice

Sausage-Spiked Peas ’n’ Rice(page 144)

What could be easier than this combination of brown and wild rice and split peas, seasoned with sausage and fennel? The flavors are fantastic and I love the way the split peas dissolve into the sauce, creating a luscious texture that I find extremely satisfying. Add a simple green salad or some steamed green beans and enjoy.

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Arroz con Pollo

 

This Spanish approach to chicken and rice is a great one-dish meal, delicious enough to serve to guests. I love this version, which has quite a bit of liquid, because I enjoy spooning the luscious sauce over the chicken as I eat. If you prefer a drier version, reduce the quantity of chicken stock by 1 cup (250 mL) and/or omit the wine. A tossed green salad is all you need to add.

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Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (page 76)

The addition of a flavorful whole grain, leeks and a hint of ginger is a particularly delicious spin on classic chicken and rice soup. I like to make the stock a day ahead so it can be refrigerated, which makes easy work of skimming off the fat. This makes a great light dinner accompanied by a tossed salad.Continue reading

Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup

 

 

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This soup is a lovely combination of flavors and texture. It has a mild curry taste, enhanced with the addition of orange and a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. The toasted walnuts add taste and an appealing bit of crunch, while the optional yogurt provides a creamy finish. Although this is a great cold weather soup, it’s light enough to be enjoyed any time of the year — perhaps even for dinner with the addition of salad.Continue reading

Smoked Salmon and Grits Cakes

Smoked Salmon and Grits Cakes(page 60)

These savory squares are very easy to make and deliciously different. They are great finished with a small dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives, as the recipe calls for. If you’re looking for another flavor sensation, try topping each square with diced roasted red peppers, tossed in olive oil.

 

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Goji Spiked Quince

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Quinces are a fabulous winter fruit that are made for the slow cooker because they demand cooking. Raw, the quince is a tough, fibrous ball. Softened by slow cooking, it turns a beautiful shade of pink and melts in your mouth, releasing a panoply of complex flavors. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Basmati Rice Pudding

 

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The cardamom in this pudding provides an irresistible Indian flavor. I like to serveit at room temperature, but it also works warm or cold and I love having leftovers in the refrigerator for an afternoon snack. This makes a generous serving, so ifyou have enjoyed a substantial meal, you will likely want to reduce the quantity.

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Creamy Polenta with Corn and Chiles

 

In my opinion, polenta is a quintessential comfort food. I love it as side dish, where it is particularly apt at complementing robust stews, or as a main course topped with a traditional pasta sauce. This version, which contains the luscious combination of corn and chiles, also works as a main course on its own. I like to serve it with a tossed salad, sliced tomatoes with vinaigrette or some marinated roasted peppers, all of which would add a panoply of valuable nutrients to the meal.

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