Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Nori Fix!


Tonight I went over to Megan and Jake's to bring some food over and to see sweet baby Norelle. She just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter! She is so content and happy, i just love her a ton!
It was great to hold her and feed her... Kelly, who also brought food, said that if i got started tonight i could have my own baby by October?!?! Hmmmm....I will have to think about that one!
It was fun to see the "S" clan... They are the perfect little family. For dinner, Kelly brought Balsamic Thyme Chicken and fresh bread from the Breadsmith. yum. And I made a Torte di Riso (picture is provided for a visual, not my pic)

and Angel Food Cake with Chocolate and Raspberries.

I think summer needs to hurry up so we can have more fresh berries and angel food cake! someday!



Torta Di Riso
From Special Occasions by Martha Stewart. Serves 10-15
6 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for pan
1/2 cup bread crumbs
10 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, basil, parsley, and oregano
3 cups arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Butter springform pan and coat with breadcrumbs, shaking out excess. Set aside In a large saucepan, heat stock to boiling, then lower to a simmer.
In a large heavy saucepan over low heat, melt 3 Tbsp. of butter. Add onion, garlic, and about 2/3 cup of the herbs and cook until onions are soft and transparent. Increase heat to medium and add rice. Stir well to coat all the grains.
Add wine and simmer, stirring constantly, until mostly evaporated. Add 1 cup of hot stock and simmer, stirring constantly until mostly absorbed, about 3 minutes. Add remaining stock a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly. Always wait until one ladleful is nearly absorbed before adding the next. Continue until rice is creamy and firm but not hard in the center (al dente) The cooking time should be about 15-20 minutes, but you must taste rice to judge doneness. Add remaining herbs about halfway through cooking time.
Stir in remaining 3 tblsp of butter, Parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour into prepared pan and cool completely. Refrigerate overnight.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake torta for about 30 minutes, or until heated through (test by inserting a knife into the center for 15 seconds and checking the temperature of the blade upon removal to see that it is hot.)
Unmold torta carefully onto a plate, sprinkle additional Parmesan over the top, slice into wedges and serve.
Notes: This Torta is good for a party since it can be made ahead of time. It is essential that you use Italian short-grain rice; arborio is a widely available variety.

4 comments :

k & k said...

That was so fun! What a doll!
Here is the million dollar question: Do you think Portia De Rossi likes Torte di Riso?

jodilee0123 said...

I'm giving you my address--just in case you ever have any extra food to get rid of!! :0)

Sabrina said...

Do it Jodi! It would be nice to finally meet you and your family!! :)

...sensible of shoe said...

Meow to the max! Thank you for the wonderful yummy dinner! It was great to visit! Also, your dinks were dinktastic...super cute sweater and lovely bracelet. I heart you!

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