Button Soup

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried:June 30, 2017
Yield: 16 servings
Time needed: 3-4 hours

Although it would take even longer, this would be a great dish to do in a slow cooker. The name comes from a children’s storybook which includes a variation on the Stone Soup tale. In this one a miser is tricked into making soup for a whole town with just a button, so the contributor’s children named this “button soup”. The long, slow cooking makes for beautifully tender stewing beef as well as a great beef stock.

Button Soup

Button Soup
3 lbs. beef short ribs or 2 lbs. stewing beef and soup bone
8 cups cold water
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
1 bay leaf

1/2 cup lima beans
1/2 cup chopped carrots
4 cups tomatoes
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup string beans
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

Optional additions:
1 green bell pepper, seeded, quartered
1/2 to 1 cup each cabbage, mushrooms, potato, turnips, parsley, sweet potato, spinach
1/4 to 1/2 cup lentils, split peas or soaked dried beans

Make broth by combining the first set of ingredients in a 6 quart pot, including optional green pepper if desired.
Simmer 2-3 hours.
Strain, discarding vegetables and bay leaf.
Shred meat from bones and return to broth.

Add lima beans, carrots, tomatoes and rice (and any additional ingredients that take about the same time to cook).
Simmer for 30 minutes. (may substitute barley for brown rice).

Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes

Basically use whatever vegetables suit your family’s taste and you have on hand. But be sure to include tomatoes.


Artichoke and Rice Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: October 20, 2014
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time needed: 10-15 minutes to put together. Allow time to chill.

Prior preparation needed:
Cook rice & cool

A very interesting main-dish salad. Most of my life I have only known artichokes only in pickled form. It is nice now to be able to find canned artichokes for a dish like this. Unfortunately I did not have wild rice on hand. It would have made the dish even more attractive and appetizing.

Artichoke & Rice Salad

Artichoke & Rice Salad

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Joan’s Brazilian Rice

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: May 26, 2014
Yield: 6-servings
Time needed: 50 minutes

A delightful easy-to-make rice pilaf suitable for a family supper. I had only red pepper so the colour contrast green chilies would make with the tomato does not show up in this picture, but I will certainly make this dish again soon and remedy that.  Toasting the rice and sesame seeds before adding the liquid contributes to a nutty taste.  The recipe is attributed to Joan Francis of Wisconsin.

Joan's Brazilian rice

Joan’s Brazilian rice

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Angelica’s German Rice Salad

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: September 4, 2012
Yield: 8 servings
Time needed: Mostly just needs time to chill

Prior preparation needed
Hardboil eggs
Cook brown rice

A hearty main-dish salad for hot summer weather.  The recipe was named for the contributor who came from Berlin, Germany.


Angelica's German Rice Salad

Angelica’s German Rice Salad

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