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199. Foolproof Long-Grain Rice p.254

199. Foolproof Long-Grain Rice p.254

The recipe
Calling this a recipe is a bit of a stretch. It’s one step away from reading “follow package directions”. The ingredients are salt, long-grain white rice, and water. Normally I cook rice by boiling salted water, then adding rice, letting it come back to a boil, then reducing the heat to low and letting [...]

19 November 2008 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 5 Comments
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181. Persian Rice with Pistachios and Dill p.258

181. Persian Rice with Pistachios and Dill p.258

The recipe
My parents who spent the last two years in India, have become rice snobs. I don’t know much about rice, or think too much about it. To me it’s a side dish, serviceable, and functional, but not really worthy of notice. My parents however are attuned to the subtle differences in texture, flavour, and [...]

11 July 2008 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 6 Comments
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111. Wild Rice and Toasted Almond Pilaf p.262

111. Wild Rice and Toasted Almond Pilaf p.262

The recipe
I messed this dish up quite badly, so badly I’m not sure it’s fair to count it. The main ingredient is 2 cups of wild rice, without further specification. I’m not a big rice eater, and I’d never cooked wild rice before. I went to the health food store and got two cups of [...]

27 October 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 1 Comment
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101. Cassoulet de Canard p.273

101. Cassoulet de Canard p.273

The recipe
This is The Book’s definitive and official cassoulet recipe. I wrote about the Easy Cassoulet recipe a couple of months ago, which skipped steps and cut corners, but still resulted in a very delicious dinner. This adaptation of Julia’s from Mastering the Art of French Cooking takes two days, and goes out of it’s [...]

6 October 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 8 Comments
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100. Creamy Parmesan Polenta p.265

100. Creamy Parmesan Polenta p.265

No recipe for this one, but the proportions are the same as the Basic Polenta recipe, with butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano stirred in at the end.
I’m not really clear on why this recipe needed to be a recipe at all, it could easily have been some optional additions at the bottom of the Basic Polenta recipe. [...]

4 October 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | Comments Off
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91. Smoky Black Beans p.267

91. Smoky Black Beans p.267

The recipe
I was happy to find this recipe in The Book. I make my own version often enough because it requires no though, hardly any effort, and costs pennies per serving. I am not a great planner, and I rarely have the wherewithal to think through tomorrow’s dinner and get beans soaking the night before. [...]

14 September 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 2 Comments
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80. Broiled Polenta with Tomato Sauce p.266

80. Broiled Polenta with Tomato Sauce p.266

The recipe
This recipe uses The Book’s Basic Polenta recipe as it’s main ingredient. The basic polenta is a great no-fail staple recipe. Here it’s dressed up by stirring in some cheese, putting it under the broiler, and topping with a very simple tomato sauce.
I served this as part of a vegetarian dinner. It was nicely [...]

24 August 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 2 Comments
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68. Easy Cassoulet p.272

68. Easy Cassoulet p.272

No recipe for this one.
Easy indeed. I’ve made both of the cassoulet recipes in the book now. This is the easy version which can be prepared in 4 hours, plus soaking time for beans. The more authentic version takes 2 days. Both were delicious, and the differences between them were pretty subtle. It’s nice to [...]

31 July 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 4 Comments
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47. Cuban Black-Beans p.267

47. Cuban Black-Beans p.267

No recipe for this one.
These beans were fine, completely middle of the road fine. They’re pretty standard soaked black beans with a bit of bacon, green pepper, cider vinegar, and a bay leaf added. The effect of these added flavours was very subtle, so subtle you might not notice them at all. I tried them [...]

5 July 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | Comments Off
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36. Basic Polenta p.264

36. Basic Polenta p.264

the recipe
The linked recipe differs from The Books version in the cooking directions. The linked version would have us standing there stirring the polenta for 40 minutes, which is enough to get me to give up on polenta forever. Fortunately The Book’s version is kinder, we’re only asked to stir 1 minute out of every [...]

3 May 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 4 Comments
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