Once we acquired Le Conge’, our Grand Banks Classic 42, Dave and I got to work on cleaning and maintenance. As of today, we haven’t loaded up the boat with our possessions or provisions. So, this month’s recipe I made at home but cooking in the galley is not too far away.
Rice A Roni Chicken Salad is delicious and very easy to make. It is a cold salad, but you can easily warm it up if you prefer. Where I got this recipe is in my backstory within the recipe.
Rice A Roni is a boxed mix of rice and broken pieces of vermicelli pasta with seasonings. But what is its history? It is based on a Levantine pilaf dish from the Ottoman empire in what is now Syria. In the 1890’s, an Italian born immigrant named Domenico DeDommeico moved to California where he established a fresh produce store. His wife was also originally from Italy where her family ran a pasta factory. In 1912, she encouraged him to establish a similar business in the Mission district of San Francisco. It was called the Golden Grain Macaroni Company and they are still in business today. Along the way they invented a dish that combined rice and macaroni for the family dinner. When they added chicken, the family named the dish Rice A Roni and the rest is history. I guess this is why it is called “The San Francisco treat!”
Dave and I hope you are enjoying your summer.
From my table to yours,
Your Galley Guide