To cook wild rice: At least 1 hour ahead of time, bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add 1 cup long-grain wild rice and bring water again to a boil. Cover pan and simmer rice until tender, about 45 minutes. Drain rice of any excess liquid in a wire mesh sieve. Store in airtight container until ready to use.
Dried cherries and blueberries can replace some or all of the cranberries. Try a mixture!
Slivered almonds are a fine substitution for the hazelnuts.