Growing up in the Southern Baptist Church there was always a lot of events that called for people of the congregation to bring covered dishes. Whether it was a funeral, prayer meeting, choir practice, Wednesday night church, etc, I used to look forward to these tasty events because you knew the food was going to be great!
Everyone that cooked a dish always made sure it was his or her very best. The greatest compliment was when someone just had to have your recipe or of course when the dish was completely empty shortly after grace was said. My mother was one that always had one of the best dishes. She was truly like June Cleaver when it came to keeping a house and family going. We always had the best home cooked meals.
Whenever there was an event held, whether it be church-related or any other event that involved bringing a covered dish, Mom would prepare her dish then get the masking tape out, write her name on about a 2-inch piece, tear it off and stick it to the bottom of the dish. This way everyone new whose dish it was.
One of my favorite dishes she would make was this brown rice dish. Still to this day I can eat my weight in it. It goes so well with a roast or pork chops or any other hearty meat. Once you try it you will be hooked- I guarantee it!
As far as my apron goes, one of my very dear friends, Libbie Summers, gave me my favorite apron. It’s a super long bistro cut and made of organic Belgian linen, which isone of those fabrics that feels better with each wash. I feel so “gourmet” when I tie it on to cook…and guess what…the color is just a shade off “masking tape brown”!
Masking Tape Brown Rice Casserole
1-Can of Campbell’s Consume Beef Soup
1-Can of Campbell’s French Onion Soup
1-Cup of long grain Rice (Uncooked)
1-Stick of butter
½-Cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
Pour rice in a 9x9 square baking dish. Add Consume Beef and French Onion Soup. Then add a whole stick of butter to the center of the dish. Bake on center rack in a 350-degree oven for about 30-40 minutes until the rice has absorbed all the soup and the onions are on top. At this point pull out of oven and sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes until cheese has formed a crust. Enjoy!
Serves 6-8 people
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 Minutes
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