Double Onion Rice Pilaf


I have such a love-hate relationship with rice, especially when it comes to the kids. Our kids have always been big fans of rice, but it seems like that love is strongest when they are babies. Tonight, I found out that is true with Jill as well. And as I found that out, I was … Read more

Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni


I used to love Rice-A-Roni. I remember eating a lot as a kid and always being excited to see it on the table. Then when I started cooking for my own family, I relied on those boxes of rice fairly frequently. Once my husband and I made the decision to start eating from scratch 95% … Read more

Mushroom Risotto


Risotto is one of those dishes that I’ve always been a little too intimidated to attempt. I was under the impression that it required constant baby-sitting and that it could get ruined in an instant. But after spending weeks addicted to watching Hell’s Kitchen with my husband during our at-home date nights, I just couldn’t … Read more

Lemon Infused Rice Pilaf with Peas


The kids have really been enjoying anything with a lemon flavor lately. They are so into that taste at the moment that they have been begging for wedges of lemons to suck on. So I wanted to use that to my advantage and see if I could turn rice into a winner of a side … Read more

Toasted Barley with Apples & Raisins


Like most people, our side dishes tend to revolve around the three basics – pasta, rice and potatoes. We love couscous but it’s not in the standard weekly rotation. We always enjoy mixing things up with grains and enjoy quinoa, bulgur and barley on occasion. I’m always looking for ways to include those grains more … Read more

Southwestern Rice Salad


I have wanted a nice side dish for tacos and other Mexican-inspired dishes for a long time. Refried beans and Spanish rice are great, but I have yet to find a recipe that really compares to those side dishes that we can get at our favorite local Mexican restaurant. So we decided that those dishes … Read more

Versatile Baked Brown Rice Balls


These rice balls are not very traditional. From what I’ve seen, there are two traditional styles of rice balls – Italian ones made with risotto then deep fried and Japanese ones made with sushi rice. Both sometimes have fillings as well. While I love the idea of both, I really prefer more versatile side dishes, … Read more