From the category archives:

Rice & Grains

Four Cheesy Pleasey Recipes

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Wisconsin ~ from whence my folks hail. We grew up on cheese. Not great cheese; it was mostly crummy cheap stuff back then. But cheese still makes me happy. And it’s an easy cooking ingredient. My gift to you… a roundup of four keeper cheese recipes.

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Egg-Topped Brown Rice ~ Why It’s A Breakfast of Champions

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In pretty much any country in the world – especially developing ones – I can get an egg over rice for breakfast. I just luv it. It keeps me going until lunch. Nutrition and balance excellent; the yum factor is a bonus.

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Comfort Food ~ Chile Cheese Pie

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Today, I could write flowery “there’s a touch of autumn in the air” prose.  Noooo, this is about cheese. And sour cream. Things suited to be baked up with rice, chilies and hot sauce for a Chile Cheese Pie. 

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Fresh Herb and Mushroom Risotto for Meatless Monday

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My Monday breakfast was leftover Fresh Herb and Mushroom Risotto. And if I hadn’t pigged out this weekend (Temecula… upcoming post), I would have topped this with a poached egg. Leftover risotto makes me as happy as just-prepared. I luv makin’ it and I luv eatin’ it. Today, my challenge to you is to throw […]

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Machines Made Dinner ~ Sausage, Red Beans & Rice

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This day, Larry was focusing all his attention on a case (he’s a legal expert witness), I was volunteering at UCLA Hospital (Info Desk Lady). Crockpot + rice cooker = dinner. Now, this is not a New Orleans Sausage, Red Beans and Rice, it’s a Patti version. Nor is it “cooking fresh” — it’s what […]

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Scallops, Bok Choy and Mushrooms Over Barley for UCLA’s Dr. S

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Friday afternoons, I’m an Info Desk Volunteer at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Not only do I work alongside Volunteer Marty who is interesting, smart and has good stories, ours is the “witching hour” — the pace transitions from slow week to wild weekend. Everybody needs something, including lots of docs. When Dr. Preethi […]

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Red Lentils and Sausage

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This is a simple post. When our pantry is looking pretty empty, there’s always lentils. Make some. Include sausage. Spoon hot over cooked brown rice. Sprinkle with fresh-snipped chives from a pot on the patio (this is making me sound hippie-ish. COOL). Yes, I could write about their nutrition. Or how cheap they are. Or […]

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Patti’s Peasant Paella

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There is no “right” way to make Paella. The internet if flooded with variations. And honestly, with the exception of our four-couple Gourmet Club cook-a-thons, I’m too cheap to attempt something that a nice restaurant would produce beautifully and effortlessly.

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How to Cook Thai Rice Sticks

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This cooking class at Let’s Get Cookin’ in Westlake Village was great fun — presented by prolific cookbook author, Hugh Carpenter, we foodies were immersed in Thai recipes, always good eats. Hugh’s dry sense of humor kept us in stitches while we soaked up cooking techniques that are quite useful. Cooking rice sticks, for starters.

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Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding

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Making fresh pumpkin puree the other day yielded 9 cups of potential. Larry and I like pumpkin pie, but we also like rice pudding, so I googled around for recipes and ended up combining a few to produce this one. I suppose I could have tried to crockpot it. But even with constant stirring, this […]

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Sour Cherry Rice Pudding

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A few years back, our friends Vicki and Rich made a yummy discovery: a store in New York City called Rice to Riches sold rice pudding.  Really excellent rice pudding.  Rich then noticed he could order it for delivery to Los Angeles.  One dinner party, they brought us a mouthwatering bucket of the good stuff.  […]

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Asparagus and Parmesan Risotto

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“Anyone can make risotto, it’s impossible to screw up,” friend and former client, Carey, said.  We worked together when she was with Waterford Wedgwood.  And we worked together before that when she was with Kahlua.  My little foodie boutique firm did PR for those brands plus a bunch of others.  Carey told me she makes […]

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