We had Ham for Christmas dinner – with Mustard Sauce, of course.
To continue with my family traditions we had baked sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce as well.
One break in tradition came with Pan-Seared Foie Gras as a first course. Neither my parents … Continue reading..... “Risotto with Ham and Brussels Sprouts; Musée D’Orsay”
There are people who think one should not cook avocados.
There are people who think one should not put avocados in risotto.
I compromised with someone who thinks that way and added the avocado after the risotto was finished.
Strangely, it seemed to add liquid … Continue reading..... “Pork, Avocado, Red Pepper Risotto”
My potager is closed for the winter.
I managed to keep it productive for much longer than usual this year.
Strangely, I’ve been picking enough green beans every day for the last month to feed the village – more than I picked at the height … Continue reading..... “Red Chard, Red Wine, Sausage Risotto; potager surrenders to winter”
My mother grew up on a farm.
Vegetables in summer were whatever was picked in the garden. Vegetables in winter were whatever had been ‘put-up’ during the summer or was in the root cellar.
When I was young we lived in town. My mother had … Continue reading..... “Risotto with Snow Peas & Green Garlic; the rock garden”
I made this with the leftovers from the Roast Cornish Hens.
It was either going to be in the risotto or mon mari‘s lunch…..
Well, we both won.
The recipe uses one chicken breast.
Did I mention that I’m enjoying buying … Continue reading..... “Chicken, Broccoli Risotto; an interview”
We’ve been having a summer vegetable shortage.
To be honest, I don’t find that surprising and I hadn’t even noticed since we’re still in the middle of winter.
I don’t ever buy summer vegetables; I grow them. If I did buy summer vegetables I would … Continue reading..... “Chicken, Leek and Spinach Risotto; breakfast”
Last time we bought shrimp we got enough for two meals.
Mon mari, who hates all fish (or so he says) was willing to have shrimp twice in one week-end.
I, very willingly, agreed.
Our friend in Spain, who I introduced to risotto, always … Continue reading..... “Shrimp and Fennel Risotto; winter blahs”
We’re coming into another prime leftover season and, in my opinion, there is no better way to use up the odd bits than risotto.
I used chicken in this but you could easily use ham, turkey or anything else left in the fridge.
Or leave … Continue reading..... “Veggie Risotto; Festival of Lights and dinner, part I”
This was the last hurrah from the garden.
Well, I still have a lot of butternut and spaghetti squashes in the cave, but this was the last (or one of the last) pickings of chard. It is now becoming compost for next year. I hope.… Continue reading..... “Butternut Squash, Chard Risotto, anyone want to buy a house?”
Yes, I know, one can eat risotto year-round but we don’t chez nous….. We only eat it during the cooler months.
We only use the barbecue in the warmer months although I have known Minnesotans to be heroically tending the grill outdoors … Continue reading..... “Butternut Squash, Ham, Sage Risotto; sick (a little) dogs”