01-12 The Thanksgiving Caper

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday - a time to reflect on our blessings and to reconnect with family and friends over a delicious meal. For most of us that meal includes the traditional turkey. It doesn't have to though. After spending time with one on my show I find them just a little harder to eat. My wild rice casserole is a delicious alternative to the tradition. Here's how:
You'll need:
1 cup wild rice
1 cup ripe olives cut up
2 roasted red peppers cut up
¼ lb grated cheddar cheese
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
½ cup salad oil
¾ cup white wine
Soak the wild rice in hot water and leave over night. Preheat the oven 350. Combine all ingredients except wine in a casserole dish and mix well. Heat the wine until simmering then pour over casserole. Cover and bake for 45 minutes, then remove the cover and bake for 15 minutes. Serve hot.
Serves 6 as a side dish, 4 as an entree.