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Risotto al Finocchio

Tweet Risotto should always be made with a short-grain rice because it absorbs the broth without the grains loosing their bite. Carnaroli, vialone nano and arborio are the main varieties. Carnaroli is the most expensive, vialone nano is preferred by Venetians and arborio is probably the best known and most readily available. Fennel is a […]

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Orzo with Roasted Shallots

Tweet This dish has three main ingredients and hardly needs a recipe, the ingredients, however, may need a bit of explanation. Orzo, is shaped like a grain of rice, is the Italian word for barley and is neither rice nor barley, orzo is pasta. A Shallot, although thought of as an elongated onion, is not […]

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Risotto alla Milanese

Tweet Risotto alla Milanese is the traditional accompaniment to Osso Bucco. The Northern Italian dish gets its lovely, vibrant color from saffron. Perhaps the worlds most expensive spice, saffron is derived from the flower of an ancient member of the crocus family with Mediterranean origins. Each plant can bear up to four flowers but, there […]

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Farro with Roasted Butternut Squash & Fried Sage Leaves

Tweet Farro is an ancient grain with a delicious, nutty flavor and chewy texture. Butternut squash is a hard winter vegetable and when roasted has a sweet flavor similar to that of a yam or sweet potato. Now add fresh, fried sage leaves with its warm, subtle, earthy essence and you have a delicious dish […]

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How to Grate Nutmeg

Tweet Nutmeg, the healthy spice that takes a back seat to your everyday spices for much of the year, comes out swinging during the holidays. This seemingly seasonal spice is used to flavor cookies, cakes and pumpkin pie, as well as soups, sauces and squash dishes and has dusted many a cup of hot chocolate, […]

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Farro Risotto

Tweet First cultivated in 9000 BC, emmer wheat, called farro in Italian, was the standard ration of the Roman legions. High in fiber, low in gluten (not gluten-free), this ancient food contains more protein than most grains and has a delicious, nutty flavor and chewy texture. I use it in soups, stews, salads and in […]

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Farro Vegetable Salad

Tweet Emmer wheat, called farro in Italian, is a nutritious grain with a distinctive nutty flavor and chewy texture. Farro is low in fat, high in protein and rich in magnesium and B-vitamins. This dish was the result of rummaging through the pantry and the refrigerator to come up with a quick one dish meal. […]

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Risi e Bisi

Risi e Bisi (Risotto with Peas)

Tweet   Making a great risotto is rather like making love, it takes a slow loving hand, a bit of skill and … timing is everything. The key to a well-made risotto is both the grain you choose and the technique. You need a short-grain variety such as Arborio because a long-grain will stay separated […]

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