It’s always funny when I realize that a dish we consider a staple has not yet graced the blog.  Sometimes I make things so often and consider them so basic, it doesn’t even occur to me to post them.  This rice pilaf is one of our most favorite side dishes.  It is very simple to make, though it does bake for over an hour – if it weren’t for that fact, I would probably make it every week.  Regardless, it is a wonderful elegant side that goes well with nearly any entree.  The nice thing about the longish baking time is that you have time to devote to the main dish.  I love the seasoning of this just the way it is, but if you aren’t a fan of black pepper you might consider halving the amount in the recipe.