So, I tried this for dinner tonight mostly because I <3 your line about cooking being a creative sport! (DH says I cook like I'm conducting a symphony or painting an impressionist canvas) ;-) ANYHOW - I used walnut oil and portabello mushrooms with brown short-grain rice (so it cooked a bit longer) and it was DIVINE! *Perfect* for the day I forgot to load the slow cooker! Thanks!!!