Reblogging so I don’t forget to try this wild rice! Looks great.

T Hollis


One of those weeks…but I promised to post a new recipe, so here it is:

Wild Rice For Company – Summertime


  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 small Onion, minced
  • 2 ribs Celery, sliced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 3 cups Wild Rice Mix (I use H.T. Traders from Harris Teeter Food Store)
  • 1 quart organic Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon T’s House Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dried Cranberries or White Raisins or chopped dried Apricots
  • 2 Scallions, chopped, both white & green parts
  • 3/4 cup toasted Walnuts, broken into smaller pieces
  • 1 Yellow Squash, quartered, thinly sliced


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan.
  2. Sauté onion & celery until translucent.
  3. Add garlic.
  4. Stir in rice to coat completely.
  5. Pour in broth & seasoning then bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  6. Cover & reduce heat to Low.
  7. Cook 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat & set aside 5 minutes.
  9. Stir…

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Classic Cheese Fondue

The recipe makes much more cheese fondue than this; we dug in and ate almost the whole pot before I remembered to take a picture!

Now, I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I love cheese. I could be a vegetarian, but never a vegan, I just couldn’t live without cheese. (My husband and I love to go out for fondue; we always end up getting the full dinner, but we’d both be happy with just the cheese and chocolate I think.)

My fondue pot came with a bunch of different cheese fondue recipes. We made the classic cheese fondue first – we love eating it so much I still haven’t tried any of the other cheese fondue recipes that it came with! One note – our fondue pot is an electric one; I have modified this recipe so you can use it with any type of fondue pot.


  • 1 pound Gruyere cheese (not processed), grated
  • ¾ pound Emmenthal cheese, grated (we usually sub Swiss instead)
  • 6 teaspoons cornstarch (I use arrowroot)
  • 1-½ teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and cut in half
  • 2-¼ cups dry white wine – not chardonnay (I use Pinot Grigio)
  • 2-½ tablespoons Kirschwasser (to be honest, I don’t use this, it’s such a small amount)
  • Dipping ingredients, cut into cubes or bite size


Place the grated cheese in a large bowl and toss to combine. Add the cornstarch and dry mustard and toss to coat the grated cheese completely.

Rub the bottom and lower half of the sides of the fondue pot with the cut sides of the garlic cloves. Add the white wine to the fondue pot, and then begin to heat the pot. Heat the wine to a strong simmer (bubbling, but not boiling strongly). While stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or nonstick whisk, gradually whisk in the grated cheeses, sprinkling one handful at a time; don’t add any more cheese until each handful is completely melted and smooth. The mixture will slowly thicken. When all the cheese has been added, stir in the Kirschwasser and serve. Reduce the temperature of the pot at this point to allow the fondue to simmer; it should never boil.

We like to serve our cheese fondue with bread, apples, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. Our fondue recipe suggests blanching the veggies to crisp-tender (we just eat them raw), or trying cooked but firm new potatoes. Enjoy!

Homemade Banana Pudding

OK…T Hollis has stepped up to the plate and posted a made-from-scratch banana pudding in retaliation to Paula Dean’s instant version. Let’s take up the challenge and make it from scratch! If you feel so inclined, try subbing the Chessmen cookies for the vanilla wafers. 🙂

T Hollis

I am still amazed/appalled that “professional” cooks who have magazines & television shows & laud & honor use boxes of pudding mix to make what is called homemade puddings or pies.

Food Network

Dessert pudding is simple – a sweet milk sauce, just like making a savory sauce/gravy, the ingredients vary little.

A thickener – in this case, flour. A liquid – milk. This “sauce” has little fat & uses eggs, which can be tricky when adding them to an already-cooking mixture.

Stop buying boxes on Franken-foods & try your hand at from-scratch. You’ll be glad you did!

Banana Pudding

From-Scratch Banana Pudding

My very old, original Banana Pudding recipe which I prepared for DH when we first married almost 35 years ago, this is not. He said it tasted even better than his Big Mama’s (grandmother) – what a smart young man he was!
However, this pudding, like most homemade puddings, can even…

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BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken with a side of watermelon.

It’s summertime and we love to grill! This chicken is so easy to make; marinating it in the sauce keeps it moist and flavorful.

We are eating this for dinner tonight, along with Greek Pasta Salad, Grilled Avocados, and fresh watermelon. Yum!


  • Chicken breasts
  • BBQ Sauce – if you have a recipe of your own, go for it! I take the easy way out and buy it. We have been using Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory & Brown Sugar


Put the chicken breasts in a heavy-duty, resealable plastic bag. Pour in some BBQ sauce, zip the bag and then work the BBQ sauce to completely coat the chicken. Put in the refrigerator and marinate at least 30 minutes.

When you’re ready, fire up the grill. Put the chicken on the grill, and throw away the marinating bag. Grill the chicken until it is completely cooked. I actually don’t do the grilling around here, but I think it’s about 15 – 20 minutes. Flip the chicken over halfway through. You can baste each side with fresh BBQ sauce while it is cooking.