Pancetta and Summer Squash Risotto

Pancetta and Summer Squash Risotto

This past week, we’ve been doing some upkeep to the house on the outside in preparation for the rainy season.  We got our house (shingles) stained, painted, gutters patched and cleaned.  The work is almost done and it looks beautiful! Antonio, our contractor, did a great job! I can’t wait to see when it’s completely finished.

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Wild Mushroom Risotto with Summer Truffles

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Summer Truffles

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Chris and I were lazy pretty much all weekend long.  I love those kinds of weekends! And since we were lazy, I made a simple risotto dish for dinner.

We are mushroom lovers so we really dig this wild mushroom risotto recipe.  Now I know mushroom is an ingredient that most people either love or hate so if you are a lover like us, you’ll really love this dish.  And this can easily be a vegetarian friendly dish —just swap out the chicken broth for veggie broth.  Have a great week!

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Shrimp Leek and Prosecco Risotto

Shrimp Leek and Prosecco Risotto

This recipe was inspired by Massi of Massi’s Kitchen.  Massi did a post on Risotto agli Scampi al profumo di Prosecco in December using Prosecco and shrimp in his risotto dish.  I have never cooked using Prosecco so I thought it would be interesting to try.  Not only was it delicious, it looked beautiful and elegant to serve to company.  So if you haven’t gone over to Massi’s Kitchen, take a look at some of his divine recipes!

Yesterday was Kimi’s birthday so I thought this would be the perfect dish to serve as a main course.  As the appetizer course, I served a Spicy Tuna Poke Crostini which I will post at another time.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and went home with a happy belly.  So if you are looking for a dish on those special occasions, this would be good one to make.  Happy Birthday Kimi!

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Asparagus and Shiitake Risotto

Asparagus and Shiitake Risotto

I didn’t start making risotto at home until a few years ago.  I always thought it was a difficult dish to make.  I saw an episode of 30 Minute Meals where Rachael Ray was demonstrating how to make it.  While it is an easy dish, it certainly didn’t take 30 minutes! For me, it took about 45-50 minutes.

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