• Apricot Wild Rice Recipe
    Side Dishes

    Apricot Wild Rice

    Another delicious recipe passed down to me by my Aunt Bea, after one of her always enjoyable dinner parties back in the early 2000s. ½ c. uncooked wild rice 2  tbsp. butter 2/3  c. chopped dried apricots 1  celery stalk, sliced 2  green onions, chopped 1½ tsp. dried thyme 2 c. chicken broth or beef broth 1 c. uncooked white rice 1  tbsp. grated orange zest ¼ c. slivered almonds toasted Prepare wild rice according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a medium size pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add apricots, celery, green onion, and thyme. Cook about three minutes or until just softened.  Add broth.  Increase heat to high. …

  • Elegant fondant potatoes
    Potatoes,  Side Dishes

    Fondant Potatoes

    Crispy crust on the outside, tender and creamy goodness on the inside. Elegant fondant potatoes create “perfect textures and contrasts between the creamy potato center and the crusty edges. The key here is to use russet potatoes; it’s a texture thing. You’ll cut them into cylinders. Next you’ll brown the tops and bottoms in a hot, hot skillet before adding butter and thyme—and finish the potatoes by roasting them in chicken stock in the oven”.  These are elegant – perfect for a special dinner. Recipe by: Chef John I first made these in July 2013, for a romantic dinner with my husband outside on our terrace on a beautiful summer…