January. A Fresh Start. A Time to reflect, but also the perfect time to look ahead. A Time to finally make that life vision board you ok me, have been trying to get to. A great time for more...
Hot Bubble Baths
Bucket List Editing
Long Winter Walks
Exploring new Paths
Taking Long Drives on Country Roads
Sipping frothy Cappuccinos
Snuggling by a Fire
Wearing Flannels & Woolly Socks
Speaking of comfort food, what hearty dish is better to snuggle up to in January than a rich risotto. Here is my personal favorite risotto recipe. These flavors are brilliant together and definitely will fuel you for that long winter walk to follow.
Winter White Risotto
1 Cup Arborio Italian Rice
1 Quart Vegetable or Chicken Stock
1 Bottle Dry White Wine (Pinot Grigio style)
1 Tsp. Fresh Chopped Garlic
2-3 Shallots, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh finely chopped Rosemary
1 Fennel Bulb, quartered
1 Cup Finely grated Parmesano Reggiano Cheese
Fresh Ground Salt & Pepper
Roast the fennel in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Drizzle first with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and some salt & pepper.
Put a tbsp of olive oil in a deep heavy saute pan. Add the garlic, onions and rosemary and saute a few minutes. Add the rice and let it warm through about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add stock to just cover the rice. Begin stirring. Alternate adding stock or wine in the same way for the next 25 minutes. Only add liquid when the rice has absorbed all in the pan.
Finely dice the roasted fennel.
When the risotto is al dente, not mushy, add in the fennel, the cheese and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Finish it with fresh ground pepper and salt if desired.
Now that is what January is about! Cozy up with a good book before that walk and zzzzz...food coma ;)
Welcome to 2012. Let's make it Significant!
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