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Old 03-18-2008, 12:32 PM   #21
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Black or "forbidden" rice. Nice flavor, great texture. Not as chewy/crunchy as wild or brown rice.

Be careful--it will stain things dark purple.
I LOVE forbidden rice - good suggestion!
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:47 PM   #22
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I've never had forbidden rice but I really love the name. Is it readily available in grocery stores?
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:04 PM   #23
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FM - you might have to go to a specialty food store - I haven't found it in our "normal" stores. Dean & Deluca, Whole Foods (though I didn't find it the last time I was there), Fresh Market, we don't have a Trader Joe's so I don't know about them.
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:39 AM   #24
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Black/Forbidden Rice?!?!?!?! Never heard of it! I'll definitely have to try to find it. I've always taken a bit of pride in the fact that very few foods out there are "new" to me, since I work in the biz.

Lately, I've been on a Morel Mushroom kick at work. The past month, I've been turning out specials that utilize the dried morels we have.

I also add fresh rosemary and fresh thyme to all sorts of things. I just love that stuff.

To the person who mentioned whole-grain couscous: Have you tried sauteing regular couscous, like a pilaf, before adding some broth? You should get a "nutty" flavor, like using the whole-grain product. Of course, whole-grain is healthier.

I've been meaning to start cooking with brown rice at home more often. Something to make things different for a change.
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:32 AM   #25
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Jerusalem Artichoke, which has kind of a water chesnut / jicama texture when eaten raw, but a little sweeter.

Also, chinese broccoli, which looks like a Fat broccoli raab, not as bitter, very small floral head, but the stems have the same consistancy as an asparagus, but with a mild broccoli flavor. Had it at the chinese restaurant in Mohegan Sun.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:56 AM   #26
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I bought the black rice in an Asian grocery.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:59 AM   #27
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FM - you might have to go to a specialty food store - I haven't found it in our "normal" stores. Dean & Deluca, Whole Foods (though I didn't find it the last time I was there), Fresh Market, we don't have a Trader Joe's so I don't know about them.
I was just in our Trader Joe's yesterday looking for it, but they did not have it.
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Fresh fennel .. it's not readily available around here, so I bought a ton and have been roasting with other vegies. What a treat!
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:56 PM   #29
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if you're into gardening fennel is the easiest plant to grow and I think that black swallowtails use it as a host plant for their larvae. I love to go out and pick it right off the plant (I don't use pesticides and mine has never had a pest problem and I would never kill the butterfly larvae---it's great to eat raw or in tea or in cooking)
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:04 PM   #30
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I slice it real thin and top salads with it, or like you said - roasted. Grilled with other veggies is good, too.
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