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I'm Cindy, and I love to cook! And, I love to eat... hence the size of my rear end! I come from a long line of cooks. My great great Grandmother was a cook in the original Harvey Houses. My grandmother Julia was an awesome cook, and my mom was incredible. I owe my skills to these great women. Especially my Mom who said this to me about making gravy... "Cindy Lynn, wallpaper paste is wallpaper paste & gravy is gravy. Never the two shall meet!" Shall we say my first experience at making gravy left a little bit to be desired! Thank the high heavens my cooking skills have improved since then! Enjoy!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Basic Risotto

We love rice. I think I could live on rice. But, plain white rice with butter – or a bit of soy sauce – can get a little boring. So, here’s a recipe for Risotto to which you can add assorted vegetables, or even a little bacon or pancetta.


1 Tbls. butter
1 Tbls. Olive oil
1 cup Arborio rice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 Tbls. fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
3 cups chicken stock – heated (I used Wolfgang Puck)
4 Tbls fresh parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Suggested optional items to add –mushrooms, zucchini, dash of cayenne pepper, peas. I would sauté whatever vegetables you want to add, and add them to rice with the last bit of chicken stock. You could sauté some pancetta or regular bacon first and use some of the grease in place of the butter and olive oil. For a lemon risotto, you could grate some lemon zest, and replace some of the chicken stock with fresh lemon juice. In this case I might replace the parsley with some fresh basil.


Melt butter and olive oil in large skillet; add garlic and shallots. Sauté for a moment; add rice. Stir to combine.

Add heated chicken stock, ¼ - ½ cup at a time. Stir after each addition, and cook until liquid is completely evaporated before adding more liquid.

When adding the last of the chicken stock, add the parsley and the cheese. Cook until liquid is completely evaporated.

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Basic Risotto

We love rice. I think I could live on rice ...

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