Friday, October 10, 2008

Risotto for mental health

Oh, yesterday sucked so bad.

Won't bore you with the details, but I will put in another installment of what I cooked. Sometimes, when you have a really really bad day, all you can do is make Risotto.

It's not hard. Hear that Chef Ramsey? IT'S NOT AT ALL DIFFICULT.

You need chicken stock (canned is fine), an onion, a few cloves of garlic, a red pepper, some really good earthy mushrooms and short grain rice. You can buy that in the bulk bins at New Pi or with the other rices at any grocery store (except Aldis)....

Put some olive oil in a pan and dice the onion, mushrooms and pepper. Cook them for five minutes or so and add the diced garlic cloves. Cook that for a couple more minutes and put a little bit of butter in the pan. When that's melted, put in a cup of rice or so and stir it around for a minute. Pour enough chicken stock over it to just cover it and stir gently. Stir some more. Invite someone into the kitchen to talk to you so you don't get bored. DO NOT LEAVE THE RISOTTO ALONE. It will certainly misbehave. When there seems to be more rice than juice in the pan, pour some more chicken stock over it and stir gently. Stir stir stir stir. Very gently. Again, add more stock if it looks like the rice has soaked it all up. At some point, perhaps twenty minutes in or so, try the rice. It should be tender all the way through. If it is not, add a bit more stock and stir some more. When the rice is tender and the sauce has thickened, your risotto is ready. If you had a super duper bad day, or if you are at my friend Genie's house, your risotto should have 1/2 cup of really great Maytag Blue Cheese stirred into it.

Opening a bottle of really great wine won't hurt, either.

By the way, this is about a $10 meal. It feeds two adults who have had a bad day.

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