Posts Tagged ‘side dishes’

Winter Panzanella Instead Of Stuffing

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We love Panzanella, the classic Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes, capers, olives and fresh basil, and even though it’s largely considered a summer dish, it’s exciting to know that there are winter versions that rival their summer cousin. Continue »



Simple Rice Pilaf for Summer

 

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Is rice pilaf an eighties thing? It seems that at one point, not too long ago, the rice pilaf was always one of the “starch” options at many restaurants; “You can get that with fries, mashed or rice pilaf.” Or Greek potatoes. The word pilaf is derived from the Turkish pilav which comes from the Sanskrit pulaka: “ball of rice.”

Originally hailing from India, rice pilaf became popular in ancient Persia and the Middle East, gaining a foothold in Turkey and Greece; it is often served with shish-kebab, souvlaki or moussaka, and has made its way into other cuisines, sometimes just on the menu as an alternative to spuds. You don’t see it that much anymore, food trends come and go, but perhaps it’s time to bring back the rice pilaf . Continue »