Wild Rice with Cherries and Toasted Pecans

Hi folks. Thought I’d pop on here to share this recipe with you. But before I do I’d just like to take a minutes to say thank you for being so sweet while I’ve been sick. I have read all your emails and comments and am so touched by your kindness. I am doing much better. A friend has the flu so wondered if we both had it, but my thought is really food poisoning. Just with how quick it hit and the symptoms I think I got some bad food. Feeling much better now. Just a bit weak and tired. But then I’ve been helping out at the barn so that can’t be helping. Hoping for a sleep in day on the weekend. Hard to rest during the week with all the chaos that happens around me. Anyhow you all are super sweet and I sure do appreciate it. Means so much to me to have friends and fans who care. You guys are amazing.

So if you recall I told you awhile back my sis had sent me the recipe and makings for a really fab rice dish. If you don’t remember or are new, well…awhile back my sis had sent me the recipe and makings for a really fab rice dish. There, now that we’re all caught up I can continue. My sis, Deb, is awesome. She is my spice dealer I swear. I get the coolest packages from her and most contain spices or sauces, fun new things to try. This particular one had me intrigued. She knows I love me some cherries, so when she saw this it got passed on to me. I love how she sends all the stuff to make it as well. She knows how busy I get so sending me the ingredients is a sure fire way to get me motivated. If I have to go get those ingredients it could take forever and a day for me to make it. Well I finally tried this and was super impressed with it. It’s from the food network and the chef is Claire Robinson. I have to say this really wowed me, and I am not easily wowed. Well, I am but more by beautiful horses, or fabulous outfits, or cool pink handbags, or Ugg boots. Er, sorry about that. Kind of wandered off for a sec. Okay so I was wowed. You will be wowed too. This is a wowser. Now there are some things I would fix. And I am going to leave you hanging on that one until tomorrow as I’ve already reworked this and am posting the Kimified version then. So with no further ado, or talk of handbags and Uggs or pretty horseys or the coolest sweater I ever say was on page …. geez…okay… on with it now.

Wild Rice with Cherries and Toasted Pecans:

Source: my sis sent me this but it’s from the food network courtesy of Claire Robinson

3 1/2 cups good quality chicken stock
1 cup wild rice, rinsed well
1/4 cup white basmati rice (this is not in the original but my sis knows we’re little piglets so she thought it would help bulk up the portions.)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup roughly chopped dried cherries
1/2 cup toasted and roughly chopped toasted pecans (I did mine in a dry pan for about 5or 6 minutes, stirring often. You could pop them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven.)
1/4 cup parsley (recipe calls for flat-leaf, my sis sent me a wonderful dried version)


In a large saucepan over medium heat combine the stock, rices (both wild and white), salt and pepper.

Now bring it to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 or so minutes. Give it a good stir.

Now cover it and simmer another 30 to 40 minutes, the rice should be tender and beginning to split when it’s done.

Remove from heat.

If there is any excess liquid you should drain that out now.

Now add your cherries, pecans and parsley. Stir well.

Adjust seasonings if necessary.

Transfer to a large bowl and serve immediately. It’s nice to garnish with a bit of parsley on top. Looks pretty.

Serve with a smile.

So are you wowed? Are you saying to yourself…”wowsers”? We sure did. This is one incredible rice dish. There are tweaks happening though. As with any recipe that isn’t your own you want to adapt and personalize it. This to me had too many cherries. I know right. When does the Lunatic ever think there’s too many cherries. But there is. So be sure to check back tomorrow to see what I’ve done with this one. A small tweak here and there and it should be perfection. Until you taste it then decide you know what it needs and take it in another direction. Aren’t recipes cool. It’s like that game when you were little and it started off with one person telling a story and went through 10 people and came back a completely different story. Recipes are like that. It’s so much fun to share, tweak, retweak and see what others would do or change. So tweak away my friends. Let the tweaking begin.

*I should really stop making up words. It really drives my spell check over the edge. I think it’s close to a mutiny soon. Renegade spell check out for vengeance. That can’t be good.*

Toodles and smoochies! xx


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  1. Lizzy says

    You are a good sport to continuing blogging while you're sick…I would have put up a gone fishing sign and crawed into bed…but no, moms can't do that, can they? Please thank your dear sister for sharing this marvelous recipe so you could share with us. It would be perfect for the holidays!

  2. Kim Bee says

    @Lizzy- Thanks my dear. I was really down and out for about a day. Then I was right back to laundry and cooking and even working at the barn. The owner is away so we are helping out. I am worn out though. May nap tomorrow. If this was hubs he'd be down and out for a week. Lol. Moms still have to keep moving. This would be great at holidays. Would be good with cranberries I think. The taste cannot be captured. This is way beyond good. I was so impressed.

  3. kankana says

    Oh dear .. take good care of yourself! With the season change people are falling ill more frequently. This is a great dish and when u say wild rice .. is that brown rice.

  4. Dzoli says

    Greta to see you again and you are all up and running.SAure this risoto will make you stronger.Never tried with pecans but that must give it extar crunch.And you get extar hug from me;))

  5. Kim Bee says

    @kankana- Thanks. I think so many people are sick with the weather changing so quickly here. Okay so here's the wild rice explanation. It's not brown rice. Although this would be good with brown rice. Wild rice is a bit different than brown. It's actually technically a grass but they call it wild rice. You can buy wild rice mixes or blends now in places like Costco. It can be a bit hard to find and a tad pricey but it is so good. I have trouble with brown but wild does not upset my stomach the same way brown does. My dad was obsessed with this stuff so we grew up eating it from time to time. Turns out it's really healthy and yummy. Does that help? It looks like rice but has dark flecks in it. Some mixes have basmati with it, some have brown. You can buy it just wild rice or a blend. I'd suggest the blend or mixed version.

    @Dzoli- Thanks. You are so sweet. I'll take all the extra hugs I can get.

  6. Apron Appeal says

    I don't know, I thought food poisoning only lasts 12-24 hrs..you might have somethin' else.

    This dish looks fantastic…makes me miss nuts alot…I wonder how I'm going to make it through the holidays without them

  7. Kim Bee says

    @Gwenevere- It does in normal folk, but with my IBS it sets off a reaction that can last for days. Once it starts it doesn't want to stop. The joys of spastic stomachs.
    I am so sad you can't have nuts. That would be a bad one for me to give up. I think I eat pistachios daily. Plus so many others. Are you allergic or one of the kids is allergic?

  8. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says

    This sounds like a great way to welcome in fall. I love pecans and I'm sure they taste wonderful with wild rice!

  9. Ann says

    Okay – so I'm thinking "wowzers"! I'm glad you're feeling better – and you are amazing to keep on blogging! Many thanks to your sister for helping out with this one – it looks fantastic!

  10. Carolyn says

    Oh no, food poisoning! You poor thing. I can't believe you are posting about food so soon after a bout of that. Although, I have to say, this looks seriously good. Love the cherries and pecans!

  11. Katherine Martinelli says

    I am wowed! This looks absolutely amazing – I love the dried cherries and pecans with the wild rice. And I hope you feel better soon!! Food poisoning is the worst. It always takes a little while to recover. Be gentle on your stomach and stay well.

  12. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says

    Great recipe from your sister, Kim! I hope you feel better soon! I am still battling the end of a 3-week sinus infection so I feel your pain!!

  13. Crystal Lee says

    LOL Love the post! First time reader but you are definitely going on my blog list to read. Sorry you are feeling under the weather. Get well soon! Thank you for this fab recipe!

    Memphis, TN

  14. Kim Bee says

    @Cassie- Thanks. This is a really wonderful recipe.

    @Ann- Aw, thanks. I am weird like that. I tend to keep cooking even if I don't eat much. And I crave spicy when I'm sick. Total weirdo. My sis rocks. I get such cool recipes and treats from her.

    @Lindsey- You will LOVE this. I am putting it into regular rotation here.

    @Carolyn- I know, I have serious issues. Lol! This is a great dish, I am so happy my sis hooked me on this one.

    @Katherine- Thanks so much. I actually took a nap and drank water so I would recover quick. Really helped.

    @Stephanie- Thanks. Ugh, sinus infections are awful. Hope it goes away soon. They make life miserable.

    @Nava- Here too. I tend to love fried rice but it's not very healthy.

    @Cucina- Thanks so much.

    @Curt- Thanks. It really is a lovely combo. I'd never tried nuts in it before. Now I'm hooked.

    @Eliotseats- Thanks. I love pretty dishes that taste yummy!

    @Free Spirit Eater- Same here, it's hard to find a good one that isn't loaded with white and brown. I went to Costco and my fave brand was gone. So am trying a new one. I have to hunt down a better one though. I should know when I see something at Costco to buy 2 years worth if I like it. Lol. Thanks for the awards my dear. I am so touched. Very sweet of you.

    @Crystal Lee- I am so glad you found me. I love new readers, feel free to tell hundreds of your friends. *shameless plug* Lol! I tend to get sick often. Sucks but true. Luckily I bounce back pretty quick. This rice is to die for. If you get a chance to try it let me know how you liked it. Looking forward to getting to know you.

  15. janet@cupcakestocaviar says

    Looks fantastic Kim! I saw something similar with quinoa recently but I think I like the wild rice idea better. Must try this!

    Sorry to hear you've been sick my friend. I feel for you :-(

  16. Tina says

    Nice of your sis to give you a care package-I would have definitely gone for the rice first. I love wild rice-yours does look tasty. I will need to try the addition of the pecans and cherries. glad you are feeling better!

  17. Kim Bee says

    @Janet- Thanks so much my dear. I am doing better tonight. You must try this, it is so good. I am still in awe how much I liked it.

    @Tina- We send packages back and forth constantly. Since hubs got laid off she has kept my pantry stocked with things I couldn't afford to buy. We spoil each other when life allows. It's a good thing. I get so excited when I get stuff from her. She buys such better quality stuff than I do. Lol. This was such a good side dish. I am in love with it and I am one picky eater.

  18. mike @ the culinary lens says

    I am pretty wowed too LOL I love this dish.

    On my way to the restaurant at work I pass through the shoe department every morning now that would probably wow you too..

  19. Katie @ This Chick Cooks says

    That recipe looks delicious! I hope you're feeling well now. Thanks for your kind words on my healthy Christmas series :)

  20. CONCON says

    Sorry to hear you've been sick. I haven't been a good blogger buddy & didn't realize. :) This dish looks amazing! I am going to have to try it! I've had rice with almonds, but not with cherries & pecans – two of my absolute favorites!!

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