Got this recipe from my brother. We both love it. Light, flavorful rice pilaf that does not overpower the flavor of the main dish, but rather compliments it. Also, low sodium - a plus! Some interesting variations to the basic recipe would be the addition of roasted pine nuts and minced dry apricots, or sautéing ¼ cup of minced onion or scallions in the butter just after browning the vermicelli.