Opa George's Wild Rice
If you are using dried mushrooms, set them to soak at least two hours before cooking, preferably longer. Place mushrooms in a bowl with boiling water to cover, weighing them down with a smaller bowl or other object so that they don't float on top of the water. After soaking, when mushrooms are soft, you can pass the mushroom liquor through a paper towel to remove any grit and substitute it for an equal amount of the cooking water for the wild rice. This will intensify the mushroom flavor of the dish.