Spinach and Fresh Herb Risotto

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


2 cups water
1 cup vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups baby spinach
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh marjoran, chopped
1½ cup Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup Asiago cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste


In a medium sized saucepot heat water and vegetable broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate large saucepot, sauté onions and garlic in oil until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add spinach and herbs and sauté, 1 to 2 minutes. Then add rice, cook stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Next add white wine and reduce until rice absorbs all the liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add ½ cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is cooked through and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat, finish with butter and cheese and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Smokey Eggplant Mousse

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 cups.


2 large eggplants
1 bulb of garlic, to use 4 cloves
Olive oil
Sea salt
1 teaspoon sumac
½ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons smoky Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Zest of one lemon, grated super fine
Juice of 1 lemon


Prepare a Charcoal grill or pre heat a gas grill (charcoal grill gives a much smokier flavor). Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and sumac. Place eggplant side down first and grill for a few minutes turning once until eggplant is tender. Place garlic right on grill to cook until tender. Allow to cool and scoop out inside of eggplant and place in a blender. Place 4-5 cloves of garlic in the blender as well (remove skins first). Pour in olive oil and blend until light and fluffy or mousse consistency. Transfer to a bowl and gently mix in spices and herbs.

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