Sides · Vegetables · Whole Grains

Herbed Wild Rice With Carrots & Kale

Pretty, isn’t it? And it’s really delicious, too! Now, I know kale has something of a reputation. Some people assume that anything that sounds healthy is going to taste like cardboard. Nope! Not here, anyway. This is a great intro-to-kale dish. You don’t even have to tell anyone that’s what the green stuff is, it’ll be… Continue reading Herbed Wild Rice With Carrots & Kale


The Best Homemade Brown Gravy

Thick, rich, deeply flavored brown gravy. A roast turkey seems naked without it! There’s a longstanding tradition in my family that you get to choose the dinner menu on your birthday. For me, that meant that not only would I get to have my favorite dinner (roast pork with Lawrey salt rub, applesauce, & corn on the cob)… Continue reading The Best Homemade Brown Gravy

Sides · Whole Grains

Parsley-Lemon Japonica Rice

This gorgeous rice deserves far more attention than it gets. It cooks up to a beautiful mahogany color, and has a flavor all its own.  Ingredients: ½ cup black japonica rice 1 cup water ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup coarsely chopped parsley 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil Preparation: 1.) Bring the water to a… Continue reading Parsley-Lemon Japonica Rice