Wild Rice With Cremini Mushrooms

Here’s an easy side from the NYTimes Food section.

 ounces long-grain wild rice
8 tablespoons butter
1 pound cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
½ teaspoon salt, more to taste
 Black pepper, to taste
 cup dry sherry, such as Dry Sack (do not use cream sherry)

Bring 5 cups water to a boil. Stir in rice, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until grains just begin to pop, about 40 minutes. Drain excess liquid from rice and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they have released their liquid and are golden brown, about 8 minutes; remove to a plate. Repeat with remaining butter and mushrooms.

Return all the mushrooms to the skillet and season with the salt and pepper, to taste. Very carefully add sherry to deglaze the pan, and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated but mushrooms are still moist.

Mix mushrooms into prepared rice and season again with salt and pepper.

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Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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