Posts Tagged ‘risotto’

Ramp Risotto with Italian Sausage

May 6, 2010

I first read about ramps in Bon Appetit last spring. I had no idea what they were, but the idea of vegetables and greens unknown intrigues me. It inspires me to try new things.

Ramp risotto with Italian sausage topped with Parmesan and peccorino cheese.

Last Sunday was the first Baltimore Farmer’s Market of 2010, and I was looking forward to loading up on fresh, local produce. But by the time I rolled in late there was little left, if there had been many vegetables to begin. I guess the season is still pretty early for actual fresh, local produce, so my boyfriend and I managed to grab some fish, beef, and milk before we left. The lack of vegetables though was a gap we had to fill, so we made a beeline for Whole Foods and there, for the first time, I saw a table full of fresh ramps. While they were on the pricey side ($12.99/lb!) I had to give them a try, to see how different they were from spring onions or leeks or garlic or whatever.

A quick search of Epicurious brought me to a recipe for ramp risotto with Italian sausage. Since I actually had all of these ingredients in my kitchen, it kind of sealed the deal that this was going to be part of dinner that night.

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Mushroom Risotto (or Rice cooks rice!)

September 18, 2008

Most Sundays I am too lazy to wake up before 11am in order to get out to the big farmer’s market that is a mere 5 blocks from my apartment. However, one weekend my boyfriend’s parents invited me (just me–not him–he remained fast asleep at home) to go with them. I complied–I was in the market for some fresh produce, and I like to shop local when possible.

Mushroom Risotto with grilled chicken

Mushroom Risotto with grilled chicken

I had done some serious produce damage during the week at various grocery stores, however. Tomatoes were ripe and in season and I had loaded up at the market down the street, and so the trip to the farmer’s market that day was mostly reconnaissance. However, I did want some fresh mushrooms, and a variety of them if possible. For the most part, it’s hard to find more than your every day button, cremini, and shitake at the store, at least at the ones where I shop. But the farmer’s market provided a good deal of variety.

Mushroom variety pack from the Baltimore Farmers Market

Mushroom variety pack from the Baltimore Farmer's Market

Okay, so yeah, I got some cremini and button ‘shrooms in the mix, but I also got two varieties of oyster and some other miscellaneous mushrooms I was unfamiliar with, and so, I took these little guys home and decided they would taste delicious in a risotto recipe.

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