|Creamy, Cheesy, Garlicky Rice with Spinach|
For the third time in twelve days we have lost our power. The first time was due to Hurricane Irene. We were luckier than most because, we only lost our power for about 20 hours. Then two days ago, after some thunder storms came through, we lost power again...right in the middle of Rizzoli and Isles! One of my favorite shows! It wasn't out for long this time and we got it back before morning. Then last night we had a slew of fierce thunderstorms come through. Once again we have flooding all over the area and our power was knocked out one more time. This normally wouldn't bother me but, I wanted to get my cooking done today for French Friday. I will be leaving in the morning to visit my daughter and her family on Long Island.
So I decided to make the rice on my outdoor gas grill. This rice is similar to a risotto except you add all the liquid in the beginning. I've made Italian risotto before. You cook your rice in butter or olive oil, then add a small amount of liquid, a little at a time, to get that creaminess that risotto is known for. So, I took my pot with the chicken stock in it out to my deck and turned on the burner. When it started to boil I added the rice and lowered the heat. At this point, I got my spinach ready to take its place on the grill burner and chopped the onion and garlic. I couldn't cook the spinach until the rice was cooked so I just had everything ready to go....and then my electric came back on. This was about 3 p.m. I brought everything into the house and finished the cooking. Everything just fell right into place and my rice turned out really wonderful. I truly enjoyed this dish. It was creamy, due to the added cheese and heavy cream, and had a really nice texture. The spinach added another layer of flavor that I really enjoyed. Is it risotto? In the end, I agree with Dorie, good creamy rice is good no matter what you call it!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table" which is really worth buying! Enjoy your weekend everyone!
|Cooking the rice on my grill|
|Rice added to the pot|
|Everything mixed into the rice|
|This is a little stream that is down the street from my home.|
|It water breached the bridge and the roadway has collapsed.|
|Just a quiet little stream!!!!!|