Autumn Harvest Rice

F is for fall flavor, and this Autumn Harvest Rice is a recipe developed with the intention to bring the flavors of fall to table and plate.

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Dave the Builder and I love spending time at The Buckhorn Inn when we are in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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Travel to Tennessee has been off the table for us over the last two years, but where there’s a website and webcam, there’s a way to pop in for a virtual visit every now and then.

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The Buckhorn post its weekly dinner menu at the first of the week, and I’ve noticed Chef Frank including Autumn Harvest Rice Pilaf for fall.

Immediately intrigued and inspired to create, I decided to try my hand at mastering a main to side dish teeming with seasonal seasonings.

Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven.

Out from the cabinet comes my new Dutch oven and seasonings ready to boil, blend, steam and simmer.

Chopped apples, apple juice, brown sugar, butter, cloves, nutmeg, walnuts, and fig preserves do a fall-autumn dessert good, but can I just tell you this sweet power flavor combo delectably complements the savory of fresh mushrooms and onions sautéed in butter, brown and long-grain white rice, chicken broth, Kosher salt, black pepper, and fresh parsley in balanced and well-seasoned taste of fall perfection.

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Autumn Harvest Rice

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked long grain rice

1 cup uncooked brown rice

2 cups water

2 cups chicken broth

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 teaspoon salt

½ Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

1 16 oz. container fresh sliced mushrooms

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 teaspoon pepper or to taste

1 apple, peeled and chopped

3/4  cup apple juice

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 Tablespoon fig preserves, optional

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Mix butter, water, chicken broth, long grain white rice, and brown rice in a medium saucepan, and bring to boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 45 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

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In a large skillet, melt 4 Tablespoons (½ stick) butter over medium-high heat.  Add chopped onions and sauté until onions become translucent.

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Next, add sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper, stirring to coat.

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Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook onions and mushrooms until soft, about 7 minutes.

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In a large saucepan, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (½ stick).  Add the chopped apples, brown sugar, ground cloves and ground nutmeg.

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Stir in apple juice and fig preserves and bring mixture to a boil.

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Reduce heat to medium; stir in chopped walnuts.

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Lower heat to low, allowing walnuts to slightly soften.

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Fold cooked rice into sautéed mushrooms and onions then incorporating seasoned apples and walnuts mixture into the rice combination.

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Maple sweet potato patties rounded out the menu, and the crowd went wild.

Well, our taste buds did.

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Dave the Builder put his request in for Autumn Harvest Rice to be added to our traditional Thanksgiving menu.

We aim to prepare, plate, and please.

Let me know if you make this recipe, and what you think.

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Simple Autumn Accents For The Season

Simple autumn accents kick off a slew of traditional and soon to be a tradition autumn DIY projects, dishes, and decorating ideas for the season.

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Now that’s one bright orange pumpkin- one I’m not so in love with in its present state.

Reinterpreting a dollar store pumpkin using leftover remnants from a burlap sandbag, black tulle, ribbon, wired rope, pecans, and pine cones straight out of the craft drawer and front yard fall into the category of simple autumn accents primed for projects in new to you fashion.

I like a use what you have project.

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Inexpensive and oh so easy to work with, using tulle for everything gift wrapping from the actual gift wrap to the bow on top of the package is the preferred gift wrap accessory found in my craft closet bag of tricks.

Covid-19 stay at home practices have put a cramp in my fabric store runs, so my stock is running low; ergo, the remnants.

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What started out as the primary layer of pumpkin covering turned into just the right amount of color and texture contrast.

The entire point of this DIY project is to cover and construct a fall accessory  with a little bit of seasonal oomph.

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Going to a gumbo (think Going to a Go-Go by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) keeps with Places In The Home tradition.

Believe me, cooking a gumbo on the first day it feels like fall in Louisiana is just what you do.

A fellow Louisiana fan of our culture and cuisine posted this to her Facebook page, There Once Was A Kitchen Table, and it says a mouthful.

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Cooking a gumbo is a day long process- the low and slow principle of Louisiana cooking.

Phone calls from the Canadian snowbird for updates to the gumbo report began bright and early.

He makes a good gumbo, but mom’s chicken and sausage gumbo has the c’est si bon of home.

The taste of home plates a lasting impression.

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Sweet complements savory, or at least that’s the dessert justification I go with.

Simple is the main ingredient in this homemadeish cake.

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Prepare a yellow cake mix as directed with one exception.

Use 1 cup apricot nectar instead of the 1 cup water called for and prepare to have your taste buds taken to a whole new level.

Simply delicious and simply homemadeish.

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Remember the hand carved wood pig centerpiece platter/serving tray I referenced in the Digging The Pig Kitchen Decor post from last month?

It arrived ready to impress, and now finds itself filled with fruits, nuts, and veggies deliciously associated with the taste of fall.

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Until I can prevail upon Dave the Builder to mask up and head over to a local greenhouse, faux pumpkins it is.

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The first Sunday afternoon of fall was all the simple autumn accents inspiration needed to log on, shop and source, fill the cart, and place an order for the finishing items soon to be seen in a new fall clear through to Thanksgiving wreath.

Joann delivery

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Guess what’s on the agenda for the weekend and what next week’s blog post will be all about?

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