I realize that many of you will not be making this risotto using duck confit.
I looked at a few US supermarket websites and it wasn’t listed.
Amazon, of course, carries it but it’s rather expensive – and appeared a lot fancier than the can I usually buy. They did have one similar can for $40.00 plus shipping.
I usually … Continue reading.....
After the green asparagus showed itself briefly in March, then promptly disappeared, it reappeared in April.
However, even an abundance of green asparagus, which it wasn’t, does not, in the opinion of mon mari, allow it to be used in risotto.
Occasionally, if I have a few odd pieces left, I can add them to a stir-fry, but only rarely.… Continue reading.....
It’s been such a strange spring that I barely stopped cooking pumpkin and there is already asparagus in the markets.
In between, we did manage to eat a broccoli, a cauliflower and a Savoy cabbage.
When one cooks for two, both cauliflower and cabbage require advance planning to use it all.
I may have to try cauliflower in risotto some … Continue reading.....
Traditional Risotto con Fagioli would be made with Parma ham or Prosciutto.
I had baked ham so that’s what I used. That’s the best thing about risotto – anything (within reason) works.
For any of you who are new to making risotto….
Risotto should not be dry nor should it be like soup, but somewhere in-between.
It should be moist … Continue reading.....
In one of my few deviations from winter squash I bought Brussels sprouts.
The original purpose was for the Brussels Sprouts Salad.
For some reason only known to The Powers That Be, Brussels sprouts are one of two vegetables sold pre-packaged in my supermarket. (The other is cooked, red beets sold sous-vide.)
I had some left after making the salad.… Continue reading.....
I still have 1 pumpkin, 4 spaghetti squash and 5 butternut squash left.
We’ve been eating one of the three almost every night since October.
I’ve given away 4 pumpkins and 3 spaghetti squash.
They would disappear faster if they weren’t all so big. We get 3 – 4 meals out of each butternut and spaghetti squash, and four or … Continue reading.....
I have often said that risotto is a great way to use leftovers.
It’s also a great way to use up the few odd vegetables left after holiday cooking.
I added some frozen spinach to this because we just don’t eat enough spinach this time of year. I didn’t add any butternut squash for the opposite reason.
The sausage I … Continue reading.....
I need to take the occasional break from winter squash.
Every time I go into the cave to get an onion or a squash they seem to have multiplied.
I’ve given a few away….
And I’ve discovered that the dogs like them raw….
But, still, it seems like I have barely touched them.
This weekend I’ll be butchering a big, … Continue reading.....