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Wild Rice and Squash Salad

Thanksgiving is around the corner, I have been testing alternative recipes for a stuffing as I don’t like traditional stuffings with stale bread. This rice salad can be done in different ways. It gets more exotic with black rice. Wild red rice may cook faster. For the nutty ingredient, I used some beech nuts, which we had found during another Sunday morning run, however roasted pumpkin seeds fit the theme. Peeled beech nuts conserve surprisingly well, dry and cold in the refrigerator. Roasted carefully, they will shed their brown skin and become more digestible. Get the recipe

 

Wild Things

Beech trees start blossoming after 30-50 years of age. A hot and humid summer can produce an abundance of prickly capsules holding the handsome triangular beech nuts. However not every year. As harvest is never reliable and work intense, beech nuts were never used commercially. Readily eaten by man and beast likewise during lean war times, they were roasted to reduce toxic tannins and processed to cooking oil and lamp oil. Continue reading