Just a quick post this evening! My parents came to visit for the last several days, which was wonderful and kept us busy as well. We ventured all over Charlotte – hitting up Festival in the Park, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, having dinner with my cousins, and completing yet another home improvement project… painting our wet bar area! The results below:
For our family cookout, my mom and I chose this Brown Rice Salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing from Recipes from the Maine Kitchen. It was a hit.
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice (we substituted wild rice)
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons coarse grain mustard
- 1/4 cup good olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olive
- 1/2 cup yellow pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup basil, chopped
In a sauce pan, bring water and salt to boil and stir in rice. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 45-60 minutes or until rice is done. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, mustard, olive oil, and pepper. Mix thoroughly then pour over rice while the rice is still warm. Add tomatoes, olives, pepper and basil just before serving. Serve chilled or at room temperature (serves 8).
I have to thank my mom for doing the honors and making this dish. I’m quite sure everyone now knows how much I value my family – but I can’t close this post without saying how much I appreciate them. Every time we’re together, I’m reminded of how lucky and blessed I am to have been born into this particular family. Thank you and I love you!