Friday, January 3, 2014

FFWD ~ Dressy Pasta “Risotto"


Happy New Year, everyone!  It’s our first French Friday post for 2014!  This past year was one that certainly surpassed expectations!  My first trip to the west coast, now off my bucket list!  Meeting many of my fellow Doristas, along with our mentor Dorie Greenspan, at the IFBC Seattle. A definite highlight! Another highlight from the IFBC were the sessions on Photography, presented by the renowned  photographer and food stylist for the New York Times, Andrew Scrivani.  Can you believe, getting pointers on photography from such an incredible photographer?  I don’t know how it gets much better than that! 
Then we traveled to San Francisco, a place I have always wanted to visit!  Riding the cable cars, having an Irish Coffee at Buena Vista, dinner with Scott and Patty of Patty’s Food (a wonderful night, which included a night time tour of SF), a visit to Napa Valley and Muir Woods.  Amazing!  So, as I enter the year 2014, I’m making some New Year's resolutions!  First, grab on and take advantage of the most unexpected rides, no matter how far fetched they seem.  Second, keep stepping out of my comfort zone, it’s amazing out there!  Third, Embrace life!! These are resolutions I know I can keep.


FFWD Dressy Pasta “Risotto"
Creamy and delectable
Our recipe for French Friday this week is for Dressy Pasta “Risotto”.  Dorie calls this a faux risotto, because it’s made with tiny pasta, not rice.  I think it gets its risotto name, because you cook the pasta very slowly in chicken broth, as you would rice, when making risotto.  After cooking at a very low simmer for 20-25 minutes, it will absorb much of the broth.  Then add some heavy cream, Mascarpone and Parmesan cheese.
I made this to enjoy on New Years Day, along with a pork tenderloin and a wonderful Kale salad. This pasta dish was simple and easy to prepare. It was also creamy and delectable. It is now on my “go to” list!  A great side to enjoy with just about any fish or meat.  It can also carry it’s own weight, as a light meal with a side salad!  Happy Friday, everyone!! And Happy 2014!!

Faux or not…delicious!
A great side to serve with my pork tenderloin, and kale salad
Coit Tower at Night….thanks Patty!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, “Around My French Table” or at the
Wall Street Journal where it has been published.  If you would like to see what the other Doristas are doing, check it out here.

28 comments:

  1. Your meal looks amazing, Kathy! It was such a thrill to meet you this fall...and I love your resolutions. Perfect.

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  2. Looks like this is another keeper recipe! Love that kale salad of yours.

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  3. Cheesy goodness! Sounds wonderful. Your kale salad looks good too - love kale salad. Happy new year!!

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  4. Everything looks good on that plate. Yum!

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  5. Happy New Year! I've always wanted to try the faux risotto method after seeing it on Iron Chef a time or two… Looks amazing! Officially inspired.

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  6. This was such a good recipe. Glad you liked it too!

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  7. All of us should embrace your resolutions, Kathy. It's so uplifting to think of all the opportunities for learning, growing and having fun that we have around us, ready to be taken advantage of.

    Your little pasta tubes look delicious and oh-so-creamy! I'm glad this was a hit for you. XOXO

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  8. Oh Kathy what an amazing meal you made… love the salad and love your new year's resolutions. Dorie definitely keeps me out of my cooking comfort zone. Maybe I can get you to open a few bottles of champagne with saber when we meet. Thats out of comfort zone… Happy New Year again dear lady.

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  9. I gave up on resolutions many years ago along with dieting. I never kept any, so why bother. I just do the best I can and hope it works. Your meal turned out well, and I love the idea of a kale salad. I love kale and usually saute it with bacon drippings. I would love the recipe for your salad. I am glad that you enjoyed your whole trip to the west coast, had no idea that you had not been there before. It is certainly a fun place. Thanks for adding me to Facebook, I am not sure what I am doing yet, but I will get it eventually. Happy New year.

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  10. Gorgeous photography. Don't you just love SF - it is one of my favorite spots. I don't make resolutions, but I try to pick a theme or two for the year - this year it is all about Creativity & Embracing Life again. Happy New Year!

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  11. Happy New Year, Kathy. Your risotto looks delicious. This was a tasty way to start a new year of FFWD:)

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  12. Your photos are terrific Kathy. The pasta looks devine! Happy New Year Kathy.

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  13. Happy New Year, Kathy! I don't usually make resolutions, but I think I might copy yours. They are great ones. I didn't realize that was your first trip to the West Coast. What an adventure! Your New Year's meal looks fabulous. I agree, this is a side dish to make again and again.

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  14. Kathy, that plate looks delicious! I've never made a kale salad. I always cook it or use it in smoothies. Wish you'd share your recipe. I like every one of your resolutions! I am resolution maker and a goal setter and if I don't make it I either discard them or try again:) IFBC WAS a great experience. I loved meeting you! I hope 2014 brings everything you want.

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  15. Very creamy and delicious! That kale salad looks terrific too.
    Happy New Year, Kathy!

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  16. This looks so creamy and delicious! Happy New Year!

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  17. Look delicious!! Happy New Year!!!

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  18. Hi Kathy, I don't know about starting the New Year with that super creamy pasta...mascarpone, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese?...yumm! My kind of comfort food...although all my fave cooking magazines for January feature light food and green leafy vegetables.

    I admire your amazing Gravlax that you made; which is so inspiring and so Scandanavian. I learned how to make it years ago from a dear friend's mom who is from Norway! (pinned it)

    As for your trip to San Francisco, and meeting up with Patty, that is so nice, and visiting all the amazing places; Napa Valley, which I didn't get to visit when I was in SF for the foodbuzz festival a couple years ago!
    Happy New Year, dear friend...so glad that we are friends for the last few years, and hope to meet in person soon! xo

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  19. Wasn't this just yummy? I loved it too, added a little wine and truffle salt. Your photos are so beautiful, your meal looks so delicious!

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  20. Your resolutions are spot on Kathy! And this pasta dish... I need to make it soon! As soon as the weather gets colder though, it's unbearable now. Have a wonderful 2014!

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  21. Oh Kathy, I just loved that intro paragraph !! And I agree with your sentiments on the 2013 year and the Dorie related aspects of it. It was something else indeed. While resolutions tend to get a bad rap (even though I think we secretly all have some......) I really appreciate the 10,000 foot level resolutions you included. They are indeed words to live by. Now the risotto :) Yes, it was a keeper for sure. I also served it with pork - our leftover New Year's Day crown roast and it went beautifully. That said, the kids ate the rest of it by simply reheating full bowls and they already want me to make more. 2014 is off to a great start....

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  22. That looks wonderful, Kathy!
    I am with you about keep trying to do things that make me uncomfortable. Travelling to Seattle to meet up with everyone was definitely one of those things. I am glad your friendly face was the first one to greet me:-)

    Happy New Year!

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  23. Happy New Year Kathy! This is exactly how I would like to start the new year with great food and inspiring words!

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  24. It was great with BBQ ribs on New Years. Definitely a go to....
    Three great resolutions.

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  25. Your whole meal looks delicious! I agree, this was a wonderful dish that I will certainly be making again. Happy New Year!

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  26. Its great to see this one plated with so many great meals! The perfect plate you got there Kathy!

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  27. Loving the look of that Kale Salad. Smitten Kitchen has a recipe which I've been wanting to try as well. But the kale I find in my market always looks so thick and I can't imagine trying to eat it raw.

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  28. I have looked at that recipe many times and wondered about turning pasta into risotto - but oh my - so beautiful - just like your New Year's resolutions. No time like like the present, right?

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