Friday, September 9, 2011

FFWD Creamy, Cheesy, Garlicky Rice with Spinach

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

My lunch....Yummy!

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!!!!!

20 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear you are still having weather issues. We are living through our second round of severe flooding up here (and have quite a few roads and bridges that look like that too...) But glad to hear you are alright & were able to get that yummy looking rice done!

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  2. That looks delicious. I am hoping to make it tonight to serve with fish and post on Tuesday as I'm not always timely and posting with the group these days. Ah, well. I'm a little nervous about cooking the spinach down that much as we prefer it just barely wilted, but yours looks really convincingly good. Wow...those after storm photos are scary, the little stream that could (be a whole lot bigger stream) and that washed out road...scary indeed. Happy you are safe.

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  3. Sorry about the multiple power outages! Your rice dish looks extremely tasty, though!

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  4. These Mother Nature issues can be difficult, but they just happen and we have to get one with life. And you really do. I'm impressed that you went out to your grill to make this dish. We cook outside regularly, but that's different. Your rice looks perfect. Hope your travels go well and really hope you get a break in Mother Nature's trials. I enjoyed your pics even though they show hard things.

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  5. You are so dedicated! I hope things settle down soon in your neck of the woods. I'll be making my rice tonight so I'm glad you liked it.

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  6. You are very brave making this on your outdoor grill! You pictures are beautiful - I especially like the one at the top! I hope you power stays back on for a while now.

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  7. Wow, you've had it tough! Hope things settle down. Love all your photos. Have a good visit.

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  8. Wow! Mother Nature has been wreaking havoc. How creative and brave to try this on the grill. The results look perfect.

    Hope your power and Mother Nature give you a break for a while!

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  9. I'm sorry to hear that you're still having power interruptions, and flooding issues.
    I'm glad you included a picture of the pot on the grill, because I had visions of FLAMES. It looked more tame than what I was imagining. Still, I admire your dedication and resourcefulness to get this delicious rice cooked. Looks great! Enjoy the visit with your daughter!

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  10. Wow, you've been hit hard by these storms and power outages! I admire your dedication to FFWD and thank goodness for your outdoor grill. The rice looks yummy! Have a nice weekend and I hope your weather settles down and gives you a break;-)

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  11. What a trooper you are, Kathy! Your rice turned out so beautiful. I am so sorry to hear that you are getting such bad thunderstorms in your area. It is amazing how gentle streams can quickly turn into raging rivers during a storm. I hope you have a lovely weekend in Long Island!

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  12. I admire your determination Kathy! Power shortages are such a pain!
    You made a great looking creamy, cheesy, garlicky rice nevertheless!
    Have a fantastic weekend.

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  13. please send some rain and water our way!! i'm so impressed that you made your dish on the grill!! Great work!!

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  14. Admire your tenacity! Looks like your rice turned out great; the power outage would have given me the excuse to skip this week so kudos to you for forging ahead.

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  15. Kathy-I admire your spunk,and good nature about all these storm power outages, and floods. At least your home wasn't flooded, like I've seen on the weather channel in some areas, but that little stream look like an angry stormy stream!
    Good thing you have your grill to cook on in times like these!
    It does look like an Italian risotto, and I love how it turned out for you. Such creamy goodness, and with the spinach...wow! beautiful, and delicious!
    Thanks for sharing all these great photos, and the update about the storm.
    Stay safe!
    Have a wonderful Sunday...minus power outage:DDD

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  16. You're so resourceful! It reminds me of the time that the power went out on Christmas Day and my Dad cooked everything on the grill. Luckily, the turkey had been roasted the day before.

    I hope things improve and the flooding subsides soon!

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  17. Wow, so sorry to hear about your power. I know from experience that it gets really tiring and annoying very quickly. You all have been hit so bad in the past few weeks, I hope the weather improves very soon! I'm really impressed you made risotto on your grill during a power outage! It looks delicious!

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  18. You were really dedicated to finish this recipe. Hope your bad luck with the power has passed.

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  19. You are certainly a trooper!! I don't know how I missed this last week, but your grilled rice sure looks perfect :) Hope you had a nice visit with your daughter...and I'd be happy to take some of that rain off your hands~

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  20. Sounds yummy!! I love adding garlic to my rice, I will have to give the cheese part a try :)

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