The wine and herbs really make this dish special, and different from most other rice and cheese casseroles I've seen elsewhere. This is a recipe I invented several years ago, loved it and made countless times and have only changed it occasionally by adding cooked chopped broccoli or chopped fresh tomatoes. You could try adding other types of vegetables, cooked or not according to judgment. It makes a great side dish or vegetarian main course. If you have leftover rice, I recommend only using if made with broth.