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Risotto with Savoy Cabbage and Chicken Sausage

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Oh, wow, having a cold is horrible. It’s been so long since I’ve been sick, that I couldn’t really remember how annoying it is to be under the weather. But, last weekend it all came back to me. It started with a lump in the throat and then the fun continued on from there — fever, chills, stuffed up nose, aches, pains, coughing. Grr! And to top it all off, this cold started while we were on a previously-had-to-be-postponed trip to Seattle to see the Battlestar Galactica exhibit.

Luckily, it’s been about six days . . . → Read More: Risotto with Savoy Cabbage and Chicken Sausage

The Very Green Meal (Featuring Risotto & Pea Puree)

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What is this? Another post? Holy crap, yes, it’s another post. This was another meal we had over the Memorial Day Weekend. It was a very green meal with green herb risotto and some (leftover) pea puree bruschetta. We even had matcha creme brulee for desert. See? very green!

The risotto was good, but I will confess to adding a tad more cheese that the original recipe called for — mainly a few tablespoons of herbed goat cheese and about twice as much Parmesan. That’s just how I roll.

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The bruschetta . . . → Read More: The Very Green Meal (Featuring Risotto & Pea Puree)

The Last Risotto of Winter 2007-08? Cauliflower Risotto with Saffron, Pancetta and Manchego

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I cannot believe I’ve only made risotto a handful of times this winter! That is crazy because I luuurve risotto. Maybe the weather is turning all crappy again to inspire me to make more risotto?

Anyway, this is the latest risotto experiment — sort of a Spanish-inspired theme. I’ve just started eating cauliflower and I am trying to throw it into as many dishes as possible. Cauliflower in 2007/2008 is like the spinach of 1995.

I think cauliflower is the last vegetable I have left to develop a liking for…er, okay, wait, still not crazy . . . → Read More: The Last Risotto of Winter 2007-08? Cauliflower Risotto with Saffron, Pancetta and Manchego

The First Risotto of the Season: Shrimp, Garbanzo Bean & Cherry Tomato Risotto

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This was one of those, “hmmmm, I wonder what I could throw into a risotto?” kind of meals. Really, once you have arborio rice, broth, wine and Parmesan cheese, anything else goes. So, I had a bag of interesting green garbanzo beans from Trader Joe’s in the freezer. I also had about a half pound of medium (say 36/40 count or somewhere around there — not too important, though) shrimp. Add some cherry tomatoes and it’s the first risotto of the 2006/2007 season!

Shrimp, Garbanzo Bean & Cherry Tomato Risotto 1/2 pound medium shrimp (size doesn’t . . . → Read More: The First Risotto of the Season: Shrimp, Garbanzo Bean & Cherry Tomato Risotto

Risotto Weather's Last Stand: Asparagus Risotto

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This last week here in Portland has been cold and rainy. A few nights ago, jwa and I even contemplated using the last of the firewood. We considered it briefly, but decided it was cozy enough lazing on the couch watching the Daily Show and the Lost finale with the cats (they make surprisingly good lap and leg warmers).

Feeling the need for more warmth and a little comfort while the rain pounded the roof and the basement collected a little bit of water, I decided to whip up a pot of asparagus risotto. It’s a . . . → Read More: Risotto Weather's Last Stand: Asparagus Risotto