• Roasted Garlic and Wild Mushroom Risotto

    December 13, 2010

    Did you think that I forgot about my Cookbook Challenge?!? I love a good challenge, so there’s no way that I could have forgetten! (I actually cooked this recipe last Wednesday night, but never blogged about it! ;-) )

    Back in July 2008, I received The Bon Appetit Cookbook as a wedding gift, but nearly 2.5 years later, I have yet to make a single recipe from it. How pathetic. :-?

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    The first recipe that I chose to make from this cookbook was Roasted Garlic and Wild Mushroom Risotto. It sounded simple enough! ;-)

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    I had hoped to find the recipe online, so I just could link to it, but, unfortunately, I had no such luck. However, I found a very similar recipe from Sandra Lee for Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Risotto. It has a lot of the same ingredients, but instead of porcini mushrooms, it calls for any type of “sliced mushrooms,” which is exactly what I used in the Bon Appetit recipe! ;-) (I don’t even know where to buy porcini mushrooms. Does a regular grocery store sell them?)

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    So, I basically took a “fancy” recipe it brought it down to my cooking level, which is that of the Real Simple Best Recipes cookbook. I’m telling ya, I’m not much of a chef. I’m much better at eating than cooking! ;-)

    The Roasted Garlic and Wild Mushroom Risotto came out really well. It was actually a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. I added chunks of chicken breast and spring greens to the mix– and called it a meal. I’d definitely make this recipe again. Delish!

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    The Bon Appetit Cookbook is pretty intimidating to me, but I’m not giving up on it so easily. I also picked out a fun cookie recipe to bake from it later this week. It may or may not involve chunks of Butterfinger! :-D

    P.S. If you haven’t heard already, Angela from Oh She Glows is a finalist in Project Food Blog. Please VOTE for her!!!

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    Jasmine December 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I adore a good mushroom risotto. It’s one of life’s best foods.

    I’m glad you mentioned Oh She Glows. I voted for her, and am pretty excited to see her as a finalist!

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    holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    This looks like a really good dinner — I’ll have to see what Sandra Lee’s recipe is — sometimes her ideas are good and some just sound terrible!

    I’ve been so consumed with holiday baking that I haven’t been putting much effort into amazing dinners — I need to get back to that!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I love risotto so much. Wish we were having that for dinner!

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) December 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    i used to be really intimidated by bon appetit as well – my cousin kristine (related by marriage) used to be their food editor for over 20 years and when i finally started trying the recipes she sent for me to try, i realized it wasn’t as scary/fancy schmancy as i feared! (that may be her recipe!)

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    Alli December 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I loooooove risotto! It’s my go-to meal when I need to impress my company, and mushroom is my favorite (not to be a douche and link to my own blog, but this is my version – it includes cheese!: http://wickedgoodnom.com/2010/09/26/mushroom-and-gorgonzola-risotto/)

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Risotto is one of those things that intimidates me. I’ve never tried to make it at home!

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    Stephanie December 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Love risotto! It’s really not as intimidating as it sounds either – so glad you gave it a try. Bon Appetit has amazing recipes, can’t wait to see some more from this book!

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    Silvia December 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Porcinis are sooooo good in risotto, so much flavor! Unfortunately, they are uber-expensive, and mostly only avail dried, your best bet is North End Italian stores.

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    grocery goddess jen December 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Voted for Angela this afternoon :)

    I have never made risotto, and I have to say I think I’m a little intimidated by it, too! Glad yours turned out so well.

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    the blissful baker December 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    oh that looks delicious!! i’ve never made risotto before, but now i definitely want to try.

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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) December 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Risotto is such a fabulous comfort food and it’s not really as hard to cook as it seems!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite December 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Risotto is our favorite!! I love how you eat it over greens :)

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    Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama December 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    There is not much better than a good risotto. Bon Appetit’ is awesome; you should definitely try more recipes!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) December 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    this really couldn’t sound more amazing…i LOVE roasted garlic and mushrooms together!

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Love mushroom risotto! This looks so good. I am really impressed with your going through with the cookbook challenge. This is a hard one. I really need to be better about using mine. Have a great night Tina!

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    Shanna December 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    For some odd reason, risotto intimidates me. I need to ‘man-up’ and make it one of these days =P

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    Jennifer Demartini December 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    YUM! Looks like you’ve put your wedding gift to good use:)

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    Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss December 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    That looks delicious. And cookies with Butterfinger chunks? I can’t wait for Cookie Friday now! ;)

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    Michelle (The Runner's Plate) December 13, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I’m curious to know if Mal noticed your new hair color yet?!? ;)

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I have a bunch of cookbooks and hardly ever crack them open. It’s just so much easier to use the Internet but you’re making me want to get back to the books.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    anything involving chunks of butterfingers is worth sticking around for :) I use up extra halloween candy by putting chunks of BFingers in oatmeal. Makes the day a little happier :) haha!

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    Hannah December 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Oh heavens, that looks so good I almost can’t stand it! I adore mushroom risottos :)

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    Katy (The Singing Runner) December 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Looks lovely! I haven’t had risotto in awhile!

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    Jess @atasteofconfidence December 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I love risotto- so good!

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    Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf December 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I love the Bon Appetit recipe for Wild Mushroom Risotto! I used a dried mix of wild mushrooms, which I rehydrated for the recipe.

    Porcini mushrooms are hard to find fresh in the states, but you can find them dry at any “fancier” grocery store or World Market.

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    Kris December 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Aging myself — I also received a Bon Appetit cookbook for a wedding gift — in 1984! I used it a lot, so much that the binding broke. Once in a while I look at and remember how much fun I had using it. Time to pull it out and put it to use!

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    Stefanie December 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Looks delicious! And I have to say, I’m not much of a cook myself. The simpler, the better. Luckily, simple can still mean tasty. :)

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    This recipe sounds right up my alley! I love risotto. I’ve seen dried porcini mushrooms at Shaw’s but not the fresh ones…

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    Allison December 14, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Mmmmm. Risotto!! I remember I found porcini mushrooms once for a three mushroom vegan pizza. I think I found mine at either meijer or in the natural food store down the road. Either way, they’re available dried. :)
    And mushrooms are delicious.
    Aly

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    Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 14, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I’ve always thought risotto was extremely hard to make. I guess I was wrong. This looks delectable! :-D

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 14, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Mmm, I love risotto but I’ve always been too intimidated to try making it. I guess it’s not that hard after all. :D

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    Pixie December 14, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I’ve been doing your cookbook challenge too! It’s such a great idea. I am making risotto tonight for the first time, I only hope it turns out as good as yours looks.

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    Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing December 14, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Sounds delicious! I’ve been obsessed with mushrooms lately!

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    Kelsey Geist December 14, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Risotto is amazing. Love it.
    A great Chef I know once said that she is having an on going love affair with risotto…

    I made a Squash risotto for Thanksgiving and it turned out amazing! It was my first time making it and I was pretty proud of myself. It was my favorite dish of the day.

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    Lacey @ Lake Life December 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of risotto recipes lately but have yet to ever try making it.

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    Kelsey January 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I should do a bookmark challenge! I bookmark a million recipes and I’ve only ever made a small fraction of them.

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