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The Rice Bowl That's Best at Room Temperature
A bowl of rice may not initially seem like a very interesting lunch—until you meet this one, from America: The Cookbook, because its savory-sweet flavors have impressive depth. To make it, you simmer nutty, earthy-tasting wild rice until it's chewy and some of the grains have burst open. Then, you mix in thin slices of red onion, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, chopped parsley, oil and vinegar. And while you can certainly eat this dish cold or hot, it tastes best at room temperature, with no one ingredient overpowering another.

Get the recipe: Wild Rice Salad