They do not want to wait until the last minute to start figuring out what to cook and want to get some dry runs under their belts first. Good plan.
They wondered about a stuffing that wasn't breaded? Their grandmother used to make a rice stuffing of some kind?
I passed on this rice stuffing recipe I found at the USA Rice Federation:
Ingredients1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 medium tart red apple, cored and diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
3 cups cooked brown rice (cooked in chicken broth)
PreparationCook almonds in butter in large skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown. Add apple, onion, celery, poultry seasoning, thyme and pepper; continue to cook until vegetables are tender crisp. Stir in rice; cook until thoroughly heated.
Use as stuffing for poultry or pork roast, or bake tightly covered in a separate baking dish at 350 degrees 25 to 30 minutes.
My grandchildren would not get this is I made it at Thanksgiving. Until the report on rice and lead is released, no rice for my grandkids. I am a rice lover. I love wild rice and brown rice and, even now, still love white rice.
But if you're an adult, you make your own decisions. Like I do. I'm still eating rice even though the report isn't out yet. (For adults, the report will most likely caution on having rice a few times a week and not daily. Similar to the recommendations that we now have on tuna.)
The recipe was a smash for Theresa but Monty cautions that she had problems with an apple on the first attempt. It did not turn out tasty. On her second attempt, she went with "the brightest, shiniest red apple" at the store and it turned out tasty. I made it twice here. The first time, I was already going to do a chicken and so I decided to try it out as stuffing cooked with the bird. The second time, I cooked it in a casserole dish by itself. If you do it by itself, remember you need a tight lid. If you do not have one, cover your casserole dish with aluminum foil.
Both times, I loved the taste.
I think you will too if you're looking for rice stuffing.
Now for the far less-tasty economy. As you may know, the White House was unable to come up with a workable budget and campaigned with Congress in the summer of 2011 to create "sequestration." This would kick in automatic cuts if they were not made by Congress.
January 1st is the last day that cuts can be made because sequestration is supposed to be automatic January 2nd. It's been called the 'fiscal cliff' that we are facing. Stephanie Condon (CBS News) reports:
Nearly six million jobs through 2014 could be erased if Congress doesn't do something to avert the package of tax hikes and spending cuts set to hit the economy on January 1, according to a new report, setting America back economically as much as a decade.
The National Association of Manufacturers paints a grim picture of the consequences of falling off the so-called "fiscal cliff" in the report released today. Already this year, one million jobs have been lost as employers brace for the coming economic jolt, NAM says. The loss of six million jobs would send the unemployment rate higher than 11 percent. Currently, the jobless rate stands at 7.8 percent.
You'd think the White House would have worked on this instead of kicking the can and thinking this is yet another thing to address after the election.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: