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In a message dated 5/8/99 7:22:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
fatfree-request@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:

 It is sort of a thick, hearty mixture but not runny and the grains of rice 
 stay separate. We eat it as a main dish with crusty bread and maybe a salad 
 or green vegetable and a glass of white wine.  Mmmmmm.

Yes, it's an Italian dish. You saute onions, green veggies, whatever flavour 
you want (onions and garlic and green peppers are good) in a little oil then 
you add the uncooked rice and coat it with the mixture and then you add hot 
broth, about a cup first and then 1/4 cup each time it starts to dry out--all 
the while you stir back and forth. I use 1 cup of rice, 4 cups of liquid (can 
be broth and white wine, just a bit at the end, but I usually use one cube of 
instant broth mix to 4 cups of water)--keep adding and stirring until you've 
used all the water up. Takes about 20 minutes. Then add 1/4 cup shredded 
parmesan cheese (recipe calls for 2 T. butter but I skip it mostly) just 
before serving, stir it in. This makes 4 servings or 2 generous full meal 
servings. It's not diet food, but the texture is comforting.

Laura Kennelly