Risotto Primavera

Just a few more days until the calendar tells us it is springtime….”primavera” in Italian.  I, for one, am thoroughly done with winter.  I’m sick of wool coats, boots, gloves and root vegetables.  Yes, I’ve had it up here with root vegetables.  I long for seasonal asparagus, sweet peas, zucchini and dandelions.    We are fortunate to … Continue reading

Risotto with Dried Porcini Mushrooms

Several years back, I posted a recipe for “Farroto.” Where has the time gone?   Back in 2014, I was very smitten with the ancient grain of farro, and substituted it in rice dishes whenever I could. I loved the crunch of it and the nutty flavor. However, recently I’ve had the desire to return to … Continue reading

Farrotto with Asparagus and Peas

Are you wondering what “farrotto” is?  I’m not sure if this is a correct culinary term, but this is what I call risotto made with farro instead of rice.  I certainly don’t want to take credit for this term, as I’m sure I saw it on a menu somewhere.  I’m just not that clever!  But … Continue reading

Baked Rice and Mozzarella Pie

As mentioned in my last post, this Baked Rice and Mozzarella Pie recipe was the side dish that always accompanied chicken or veal parmigiana (see last week’s post) in my family growing up.  It might seem like too much cheese or too much sauce to you for one meal, but believe me, it works.  That being … Continue reading