My mom's side of the family is from Minnesota and they don't mess around when it comes to wild rice. Every Thanksgiving my mom makes her special homemade wild rice recipe and every Thanksgiving has to use Singing Pines Wild Rice from Minnesota's Northwoods. You would never catch her making instant or opting for a wild rice not from Northern Minnesota. Why not? It's just not the same.
Her wild rice recipe is simple, doesn't require much hands-on time and is delicious. This is the recipe that got me to like mushrooms as a kid. So parents with finicky eaters as children, you may want to try this out. Don't forget to add some "dont-cha-knows" and "ya-sures" to the recipe, too. Trust me, it helps.