Tag Archives: Risotto

Chive Risotto Cakes

Giffen goods are a hot commodity – literally.

Giffen goods, named for the economist Sir Robert Giffen, are goods that do not respond to normal economic forces.  In a normal marketplace, the price and quantity of goods situate according to the well-established supply and demand curves.  And according to these economic principles, as the price of a good rises, the demand for the good at that price, falls.  Think about your standard flat-screen television.  At $1,200, the market for the product is understandably tepid.  And for that price, you might even settle for the old tube screen.  But at $400, suddenly your living room and kitchen are now boasting brand new televisions.

Giffen goods defy that logic.  As the price Continue reading


Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is one of those perfect dishes with which to experiment.  From chicken broth to mushroom soup, the short-grain rice is eager to absorb whatever liquid you throw at it.  At the same time, it’s creamy color and texture make colors and crunch a welcome addition.  Pairings range from smoked trout and roasted butternut squash, to the ever-popular asparagus spears and mushrooms.  Even cold leftovers provide a reason to rejoice, with warm suppli just around the corner!

Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

Having recently made roasted asparagus, I decided Continue reading

Three-Cheese Suppli al Telefono


I wasn’t quite sure what to name this dish.

After making my three-cheese risotto, I ended up with several servings of left-over, cold risotto.  Cold risotto, it turns out, is perfect for making fried risotto balls, alternately known as suppli or arancini.

Suppli is short for “Suppli al Telefono,” which translates as “telephone wires.”  Traditional suppli is fried risotto that has been stuffed with mozzarella cheese.  The idea, of course, is that biting into a good suppli produces a low-hanging mozzarella string, reminiscent of telephone wires.


Arancini is Italian for “little orange,” because Continue reading

Three-Cheese Risotto


Having a food blog doesn’t stop me from asking silly food questions.

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I could not find the risotto.  After several minutes of scrounging around the different rice and grain shelves, I decided to solicit help.  As I explained to the store clerk, I was making three-cheese risotto, and all that was left on my list was what the recipe referred to as “risotto rice.”  He kindly pointed me to arborio rice.


Risotto, I learned, does not refer to an ingredient, but rather to a dish.

The key to risotto Continue reading