I could have stuck a feather in my hat and called it macaroni… The point is, I didn’t have any macaroni, and feathers get stuck in your teeth.
I had offered to take macaroni salad to a baseball barbecue birthday party the next day. So I used some good old Yankee ingenuity when I spotted a couple of cups of leftover brown rice in the fridge.
Brown Rice Salad! (Baseball Brown Rice Salad, since we were headed to a baseball birthday party.)
It was delicious! Jim would have been proud!
Here’s how I did it:
2 cups cooked cold rice (I had brown basmati, but I think any kind of long-grain rice would work as well)
1 cup finely diced celery
½ cup finely diced red onion
½ cup diced red pepper
1 can of black olives, drained and diced
About 8 fresh basil leaves and 8 fresh mint leaves, chopped
Add enough Vidalia Onion Vinegarette to moisten (about ¾ of a cup or a little more)
Salt and pepper to taste
What could be more American than Baseball, Birthdays, and Brown rice salad? It was a home run hit!
Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good!
Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what?
As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything!
Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie.
(Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!)
John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah.
And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb!
I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!
February 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm
Reblogged this on Paladini Potpie and commented:
Today I made a variation of this salad using white basmati rice. I did not have basil, bell pepper and olives, so I added some chopped toasted almonds along with the diced celery and red onion. And, of course, Vidalia Onion Vinegarette. It was very scrumptious, and my friend asked me to share the recipe. So Shelly, this is for you!