"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway

RISOTTO Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Fran Rajotte
Added: Saturday, February 10, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
“I first tasted this dish at Mrs. Mornati’s house – she lived upstairs in my grandparents home”

Rice
Chicken Soup (as prepared)
Margarine
1 Small Chopped Onion
Pepper and Salt
Parmesan Cheese

Directions:
Directions:
Begin with a base of Chicken Soup (homemade is the best). In a large skillet brown ½ box of Uncle Ben’s rice with 1/2 chopped onion in about 3/4 stick of margarine. Strain veggies from soup and mix well with broth. Add soup about ½ cup at a time and stir constantly until rice begins to absorb liquid. Add another ½ cup and repeat process several times until the rice is cooked and not liquidy. You will need to stir constantly, so wear comfortable shoes. It is worth it!

Sprinkle with pepper and Parmesan cheese. Great meal for a cold winter night!

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6-8
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
At least 45 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Mrs. Mornati lived upstairs from my Grandmother and Grandfather. My grandparents rented the rooms to the Mornati's who lived there for quite a long time. In fact, their granddaughter, Vivian, and I were best of friends. Their son, Aldo, fought in WWII. He and my Dad were also best friends. Unfortunately, Aldo was killed and his plane shot down. He was their only child. Aldo's wife, Violet, was pregnant with Vivian when he went away and he never got to see his daughter. Vivian always wondered about her father, but her Grandmother would keep his memory alive. His picture with him in his uniform was on display in the center hall of the apartment. Mrs. Mornati never missed an opportunity to speak to both of us of her son. She taught Vivian to sing the song, "O My Papa," and it was very moving, even to me as a child.

My father was wounded twice during WWII, but he did make it back home. I wasn't born until several years later.

Mrs. Mornati was a fantastic cook. I used to eat at her house often. One night she made Risotto. I absolutely flipped over it. I went downstairs and told my Grandmother. Of course, the worse thing for an Italian grandmother is to learn that her grandchild likes someone else's cooking better (of course this wasn't true--just in the case of the risotta, but Grandma and my Mom finally did learn to do it as good or as better!) She did try to duplicate the dish and finally, after a few attempts, it was just as good as I remembered. My mom learned to make it, too, and now I make it. However, I don't cook as much as I used to now that I live alone and it takes so long to prepare. I am eager to make this for my own grandchildren one day and I hope they love it as much as I do!

 

 

 

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