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Polenta with Gorgonzola & Hazelnuts

Delicious and hearty for autumn and Rosh Hashanah. Substitute walnuts if you choose. Fried sage leaves are very flavorful garnish and have a great crunch. 2 Tablespoons olive or hazelnut oil 4 large, pretty, sage leaves 1 quart low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 1 cup polenta (coarse corn meal) 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/3 […]

Tomato, Zucchini & Rice Casserole

This RV-easy recipe is perfect to use your late season vegetable garden bounty – tomatoes, zucchini and basil. Watch the salt in this casserole: there could be a lot of salt in the stock and parmesan cheese is quite salty. Use an 8×8-inch pan (that can be covered with foil) or a small, covered baking […]

Lentil Taco Filling (from a rice cooker)

Lentils from a rice cooker? Why not. Nothing could be easier. The spiced lentils cook while you relax and the “taco filling” can be used in tacos or burritos, added to a rice bowl, or in a taco salad. Super packed with folate and fiber – and extremely low in calories and cost – this […]

Farro Salad

Farro, an ancient grain, is regaining popularity due to its nutty flavor and considerable health benefits from consuming whole grains. Farro fed the Mediterranean for eons, and evidence of farro cultivation has been discovered in what is now Turkey, Syria and Israel dating back thousands of years. Farro (triticum dicoccum) is also known as Tuscany […]

Basic Polenta

Polenta is just a coarse corn-meal mush or a fancy term for grits. Corn wasn’t brought to Italy until the 16th century, but it quickly became a staple, especially in the northern regions. In Italy, polenta is stirred with a wooden stick in a heavy copper pot. Stir is the key word here – it […]

Saffron Risotto

Lamb loin chops with saffron risotto 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup finely minced shallots 1 cup Arborio rice 3 to 4 cups chicken stock 1/3 teaspoon saffron strands (big pinch) 1/4 cup finely grated fresh parmesan cheese 1 Tablespoon butter Heat the chicken stock in a small stock pan. Heat a medium soup pan […]

Caramelized Carrot Risotto

Arborio Rice Last April, I made Caramelized Carrot Risotto from a recipe I found in a magazine. It was good, but it was complicated and – for some unknown reason – included mascarpone cheese. This week, I thought about that recipe when I found myself with a bunch of absolutely gorgeous sweet carrots. My version is […]

Artichoke Risotto

There are several risotto recipes here. If you can make one, you can make them all, and will realize a recipe isn’t actually needed to make risotto – only an imagination. This dish is especially nice if you add a teaspoon of dried basil to the stock. Olive oil 1/2 of one large onion, minced […]

Mushroom Risotto

There are several risotto recipes here. If you can make one, you can make them all, and will realize a recipe isn’t actually needed to make risotto – only an imagination. The richer the stock, the richer the risotto. This tasty treat is wonderful if made with home made stock from a roasted chicken. 6 […]

Risotto with Peas (Risi e Bisi)

There are several risotto recipes here. If you can make one, you can make them all, and will realize a recipe isn’t actually needed to make risotto – only an imagination.  This is a very basic and popular risotto dish – you may easily vary the ingredients. With a tossed salad, a loaf of crusty […]