This is a recipe from Ina Garten's Back to Basics 2008 cookbook. It is a warm side dish that combines rice, fruit flavors butter and ground black pepper for a flavorful accompaniment to meat or stand alone. Note: don't let it get crunchy, the rice should be tender. if you need help with toasting pecans look at How to Toast Pecans Recipe#2688 It is a combination of a cold salad she made in her store Barefoot Contessa and a warm party dish of her own recipe collection to make the best of both. Unique and fun! Enjoy! ChefDLH
I got the idea for this from the Whole Foods recipe website, and, of course, added some extra spices to make it a bit more interesting. This was a great recipe to clean out the leftover quinoa, dried cranberries and almonds I had in my cubard! Quinoa is naturally wheat and gluten free and is a good source of complete protein for vegans and vegetarians. Be sure to rinse your quinoa really well under cold running water to remove any of the bitter coating from the outside! If you do not have garam masala, your favorite curry poweder will work too.
It was just a normal December night and I was ravenous from spending a few hours writing a paper. I took a break for dinner and decided to eat at Risley Dining Hall. Cornell University Dining is known for their good food, and risley for their gourmet vegan food, but this was AMAZING! After eating this wonderful dish, I was in heaven, I had to ask for the recipe. The chef was very happy to give it to me. You HAVE to try it.