Finished Risotto

Ris-Ah-Toe: A Basic Risotto Recipe

Ok.  Now that everyone can make a basic white rice pilaf.  It’s time to tackle Risotto.  Besides the ingredients listed below, you should also have a heatproof rubber spatula and ...

Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Here’s one of my favorite fall soups. Butternut squash is plentiful (for ease you can buy the already peeled and cubed squash), inexpensive, and I can use up a couple ...

Korean BBQ Chicken

Easy Korean Barbequed Chicken

Here’s a great quick marinade for any kind of meat to be grilled.  Also FANTASTIC with thinner cuts of pork or steak.  Feel free to use chicken wings for a ...

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