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Anything is good, in moderation. I cook because I love to and because I can share with those around me. I crochet for the same reason.

Do what you want to do, enjoy what you do and use it to touch those around you.

Apr 9, 2013

Risotto with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pesto

This makes a nice side dish or main course.  I like to use White on White wine from Cullari in Hershey, PA, but you can use your favorite wine.  Remember my rule - cook with what you like to drink.

  3 Tbl Butter                                                                             1/2 Cup Smoked Sun Dried Tomatoes,
  1 Tbl Garlic, Minced                                                                -Diced
  2 Cups Arborio Rice                                                                1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  1/2 Cup Dry White Wine                                                         3 Tbl Pesto
  6 Cups Chicken Stock                                                             1/4 Cup Parmesan
  1 1/4 Tsp Salt                                                                          

In a medium saucepan, bring broth to a boil.

In a large pot, melt butter.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, being careful not to burn.  Add the rice and stir until opaque.  Add the wine and cook until absorbed.  Add salt, pepper and 1 ladle of stock.  Cook until absorbed.  Add tomatoes and 1 ladle of stock, cook until absorbed.  Continue to add 1 ladle of stock at a time and cook until absorbed - repeat until the rice is to your preferred doneness.  If you need more liquid, microwave water until hot and use it one ladle at a time.  When done, turn off heat and stir in pesto and Parmesan cheese. 

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