Sunday, September 18, 2011

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

A friend just asked for this recipe and that brought it to mind. I haven't had this for a couple of years at least but it's so yummy! (Not lo-cal though).

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

½ cup wild rice, rinsed and drained

¼ cup slivered almonds, lightly roasted

2 2/3 quarts chicken stock

1 1/8 cups diced onion

½ cup diced carrot

½ cup butter

1 cup flour, plus 2 TB

½ cup diced ham

1 tsp salt

¼ teaspoons pepper

2 cups whipping cream

1 1/8 cup chopped parsley

Cook wild rice in chicken stock, covered for 45 min or until tender. Strain rice from stock and save both. Meanwhile, sauté the onion, celery and carrots in butter until onion is transparent. Add the flour into the vegetables. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock slowly, stirring. Cook until slightly thickened. Add ham, salt and pepper. Heat for 10-15 minutes. Add cream, rice and almonds. Heat and sprinkle with parsley.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I've been making regular visits to a dear friend's house for several years. Until March, these visits were mostly to pick her up or drop her off as we carpooled to work. The friendship and fellowship we've shared has enriched my life so much! Then, because she began to lose her battle with the brain cancer she'd fought against for more than 10 years, my visits became a time to go be with her in her home. It is almost time to say good-bye and I'm heartbroken. However, she continues to be with me as I listen to the music she recorded singing these words, "When money can't buy a solution, and plans can't find a way, when what worked before doesn't work anymore, and words have nothing to say....When tears are flowing like rivers and hearts are breaking in two, if it seems when you pray God is so far away, there's still one thing you can in the arms of the everlasting one. Rest in the care of God's ever loving son! When all you can do has already been done, rest in the arms of God!" She knew how to do that and is still teaching those of us who love her. Still heartbroken I know I won't need to say good-bye....just see you later!