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An elegant black and orange rice dish for Halloween. Sophisticated enough for the grown-ups and fun enough for the kids!
Set a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and shallot and saute for 2 minutes. Then add the rice and toss to coat the rice in butter. Add the appropriate amount of water as directed on the rice package for 1 1/2 cups of rice (this will vary between 3-4 cups depending on the variety of rice). Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, cover the pan and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, stir it, lower the heat to medium-low, cover the pan and simmer until cooked through. Make sure that you follow the cook time as directed on the rice package.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 F. Toss the peeled and diced acorn squash in oil and spread over a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn it and spread the acorn squash again and roast for another 10 minutes. In the last 2-3 minutes of cook time, sprinkle the pecans over the acorn squash so the pieces can toast.
Once the rice and roasted acorn squash are ready, toss them into a serving bowl, add orange zest and thyme and toss to combine. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature!
Here’s an easy recipe for Mexican Rice (aka Spanish Rice). It’s cooked right in a rice cooker, which happens to be my new favorite kitchen toy. But hey, don’t worry if you don’t have a slow cooker. I’ll share my easy stove top directions too.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!