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Pumpkin Rice with Apricots
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October 23, 2002

I have to say the '20 min. prep time' is a little misleading due the amount of time needed to prepare the pumpkin, but I had an idea that would be the case when I started. I think it might have been closer to 40 minutes total, with preparing the onion and apricots too. I had no idea how much pumpkin I would need for the 6 cups diced, and bought too much just in case. It wound up that one small sugar pumpkin resulted in about 5 cups, which I felt was close enough. I altered the rice called for in the recipe to 2 cups uncooked so it would be a bit more mixed, and I prepared the rice in a chicken broth/white wine mix instead of water. I also substituted chicken broth for the water used to cook the pumpkin/apricots. I thought the pumpkin got a little too soft with the cooking (it wasn't holding it's shape when mixed with the rice) and I may have not paid close enough attention to the clock. I will watch closer next time and edit the time accordingly, if necessary. I liked this recipe very much and the first time made it for a ladies' get together I participate on a weekly basis. I'll be making it again tomorrow for dinner guests and again next week for an office potluck. The only major work involved is the pumpkin, but it was worth it in the end!

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