Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hope You Like Risotto

Risotto is one of my favorite dishes, and I make several versions of this Italian staple. So I hope you like risotto because I'll be posting a number of risotto recipes. First up, a risotto for the summer tomato. People think the tomato is the ultimate summer ingredient, but really, the tomato can still be found even in these first few days of fall. And this year's crop is supposedly bigger and brighter, so hopefully we'll see this lucious red (is it a fruit or vegetable?), plump, tasty treat for a few more weeks.

People think risotto is hard because you have to get that right creamy consistency to have an enjoyable meal. But I think it's quick and easy. The actual cooking time is typically 15 minutes from beginning to end, and you get this luxurious meal that's a blank canvas for creativity. It's true you do have to watch the pot carefully to make sure the rice doesn't stick to the pan, and that you're regularly adding broth to feed your rice. Still, what's 15 minute of watching and stirring. It's all worth it when you impress your friends with this dish that people often order at a restaurant but never attempt at home. I say try it. You'll be hooked.

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