Of all the revelations that came from the WikiLeaks "October Surprise" bank of Clinton emails, this is the one that surprised us the most. One Merrill Lynch financial adviser's influence extends far beyond the Clinton Foundation. It goes straight into Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's... kitchen?
Yes, kitchen. Among the leaked emails is this conversation between Podesta and Peter Huffman, who has worked with the Clinton Foundation. It's about risotto. Pay attention, because this is pretty crucial information.
So I have been making a lot of risotto lately...and regardless of the recipe, I more/less adhere to every step you taught me. Question: why do I use a 1/4 or 1/2 a cup of stock at a time? Why can't you just add 1 or 2 cups of stock at a time b/c the arborio rice will eventually absorb it anyway, right?
Yes and no Yes it with absorb the liquid, but no that's not what you want to do. The slower add process and stirring causes the rice to give up it's starch which gives the risotto it's creamy consistency. You won't get that if you dump all that liquid at once.
So. Podesta. Trying to take shortcuts on your risotto? Trying to game the process? Tsk-tsk, I am disappointed.
I'm kidding. I make my risotto in a pressure cooker, so I'm not one to talk. I do toast the grains first, then let it absorb about a cup of white wine. But then I add all the stock at once and cook the whole thing for about seven to eight minutes. And you know what? Stir in some freshly grated Parmesan at the end, and it's plenty creamy. You'd be surprised.
There are a couple of different ways you could view this revealing email. Either Podesta is a total cheater in all things, or he's simply a smart person who questions everything and looks to find the most efficient means to a goal. I think it says a lot that he had the curiosity to keep asking about risotto.
Hat tip to Epicurious.
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