Fruited Rice Pilaf

1 cup long-grain brown rice 1/2 tsp. salt 2 cups vegetable stock 2 T. butter 1/4 cup cashews 1/4 cup each raisins and coarsely chopped dried apricots and pitted dates In a 2-quart pan, combine rice, salt, and vegetable stock. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer […]

Tomato Bisque, easy

4 T. unsalted butter 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 medium carrot, finely chopped 1 celery rib, finely chopped 2 (or more to taste) garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 T. all-purpose flour 4 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth OR vegetable broth Two 14 1/2-ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained 3 T. tomato paste […]