Thursday, January 31, 2008


This was dinner last night, a little Risotto with Sausage and Zucchini. It's in its final stages on the stove here. Not the first time I've done this, but the chunk size on the zucchini is a bit larger than what I've done in the past.

I was going for more of a sweat on the zucchini, but I think browning and then adding them back in with a two or three ladles of stock to go will give me more flavor.

The size let them still have some crunch, but the edges disintegrated like potatoes in beef stew. So I think I can have my caramelization and still get zucchini liquid into the rice...

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Wine Picks

We had this really nice wine with some wonderful friends on our last trip to Italy... I recently came across a note with some details, so if you run across a bottle of this on your next trip to the packy, buy it! Buy two, and if you don't like it, pass one on to me.

The gory details that I scrawled are Castelli del Duca colli Piacentini Gutturnio Superiore. There's a lot of Barbera grape in the wine and for some reason my note says "~$10". It didn't drink like a $10 bottle of wine, though.

I think we ate for over three hours that day. I'm looking forward to our return trip.