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published Friday, March 25th - 2:53pm

As is my custom, I think cooking in a crock-pot is an easy way to make a tasty meal.  Usually that means making the main course in the crock-pot.  However, this recipe is for a side dish.  Rice is usually bland and sometimes spiced up with curry, dill or whatever you like.  This rice dish looks good and tastes great.  It's very easy to prepare.  The best thing is that it goes with anything and the kids will love it.  I found it from a magazine called  "Fix-It and Forget-It 5-ingredient slow-cooker recipes".  Here it is and please, as always, let me know what you think of it when you make it.

CHEDDAR RICE

(Makes 8-10 servings Ideal slow cooker size:  4-quart)

2 Cups uncooked brown rice

3 Tbsp. butter

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions or shallots (you may add more if your crowd enjoys them)

1 tsp. Salt

5 Cups water

2 Sups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 tsp. pepper

1. Combine rice, butter, and green onions or shallots, and salt in slow cooker.  2. Bring water to a boil in a separate saucepan and pour over rice mixture.  3. Cover and cook on high 2 to 3 hours or until rice is tender and liquidis absorbed.  4. Stir in cheese 5 minutes before serving. 5. Garnish with pepper and additional green onions, if desired.

You're on your own for the main course......flavorful regards,

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