Asparagus & Veal Risotto; Rapeseed

Risotto, Asparagus & Veal

I have always planned our dinner menus. I always ask for input, but the final plan is up to me…. Except during asparagus season. Mon mari takes asparagus season very seriously. He, personally, and by himself, goes to our local market every Monday during the season to buy asparagus. He usually buys enough for the … Continue reading…

Salmon & Pea Risotto; no joy

Salmon and Pea Risotto

There is an unwritten (or maybe written) rule that one never puts cheese in a dish with fish. I always ignore that rule. If I’m making a pasta or risotto or gratin that would have cheese if I used chicken it will have cheese if I use fish. I have a tendency to break the … Continue reading…

Red Beet Risotto; sunrise

Risotto with Red Beets

Americans call this root vegetable ‘beets’. I, being American, would say: We’re having beets today. Brits call it ‘beetroot’. My neighbor, being British, would say: We’re having beetroot today. Now you know. The 2 most common colors of this vegetable are red and gold. Living in France I have rarely seen gold – perhaps at … Continue reading…

Butternut Squash, Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Chicken Mushroom Risotto

Fall flavors! We love them all…. And we really love them all when they come together in an easy risotto. Our butternut squash harvest was smaller than usual this year, and we didn’t get any really big ones, like we have in other years. Still, each squash will give us 6 good servings (3 meals) … Continue reading…

Sausage, Mushroom, & Red Wine Risotto; mornings

Sausage & Mushroom Risotto

We’ve used the last of the charcoal and all 3 (or is it 4) grills are cleaned up and put away for the winter. The slow cookers have been dusted and the raclette maker scrubbed clean. We’re ready. In confirmation of those efforts it has been cold and rainy all day. We’ll still have lots … Continue reading…

Smoked Salmon & Artichoke Heart Risotto; nature

Smoked Salmon Risotto

Our most recent lock-down was lifted this week, although the 7pm curfew remains for another 2 weeks. When the pandemic first started I got into the habit of stocking and cooking from my pantry. I’m used to it now, and rather like not having to go out to do the shopping as often. Plus it’s … Continue reading…

Lamb and Artichoke Bottom Risotto; being rude

Lamb & Artichoke Risotto

There are only 3 frozen vegetables that I buy: spinach, peas, and artichoke bottoms. Most people are familiar with the first 2 but not everyone knows the third. Like peas, artichokes are very seasonal (at least they are here). Also, like peas, stripping them down to the part you want to eat can be a … Continue reading…