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Recipe: Pressure cooker risotto


  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 4 cups flavorful liquid (e.g. stock, broth, white wine, vermouth, etc., in any combination)
  • 1 onion or shallot, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons fat (e.g. olive oil, butter)
  • Salt and pepper

Takes . Serves 4.

Pressure cookers are a great way to make incredible risotto in a fraction of the time of the traditional method. This recipe describes a base method to make a plain risotto in your pressure cooker, and can be used as the foundation for any number of delicious risottos. The key is the 1:2 ratio of arborio rice to liquid, and a 6 minute, high pressure cook. In this recipe, I use an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, but you can use a different pressure cooker.

  1. Turn your pressure cooker to "sauté," and add fat to the cooker.
  2. Once fat comes to temperature, add the onions, salt, and pepper, and cook until translucent.
  3. Add your rice and stir to coat the rice with the fat.
  4. Add your liquid and seal your pressure cooker, setting for 6 minutes on high pressure.
  5. Once cook is complete, quick release your pressure cooker, stir, and serve!

Interesting variations on the base include:

  • Mushroom risotto – use three cups of mushroom broth and one cup of dry white wine for your liquid. Add minced garlic to the onions during the sauté, and add dried mushrooms before you seal the pressure cooker. Finish with white truffle oil and tons of grated parmesan cheese.
  • Carbonara risotto – this is what you see in the above photo that I recently prepared. Start the sauté with diced pancetta or thick cut bacon sliced into lardons, until the meat is nicely browned and the fat has rendered. Use three cups of chicken broth and one cup of white wine for your liquid and add lots of pamesan to the pot before the seal. Finish with more parmesan and lots of black pepper. I like to stir in frozen english peas at the end and serve with an egg that has been cooked sous-vide for one hour at 145°F.
  • Add a dollop of mascarpone cheese at the end for an extra creamy risotto.
  • Try using salted, diced ham and english peas, with ham stock as the liquid.

The possibilities are endless!


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The Mourning After: You Are Not Alone

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This morning, I mourn briefly, and then I turn to look forward. The march of progress never stops, it merely slows. There is hope and purpose in all things, and now we have to find it together. Presently, I feel so alone, but I know that I am not.

To my immigrant friends: know that you are loved and welcome by so many in this country. Know that we will continue to fight for you and care about you. You are not alone.

To all women, especially victims of sexual assault: know that nothing and no one can invalidate your pain or your value. We will continue to stand up for you. You are not alone.

To my LGBT friends: I love you. You matter. You are not sick. You are beautiful and your identity is real and no one can take that away from you. We are here to stand with you no matter what. You are not alone.

To people of color: stay strong. The result this morning has me, a white male, fearful for you and your families. But know that you are important and valued. Systematic racism is real, and so many of us will continue to fight it alongside you. You are not alone.

To the needy: we won't abandon you. Where government fails you, we will do what we can to fill the void. We will never stop fighting to change our system to give you a chance to make it. You are not alone.

To the Muslim community, and people of all faiths and creeds: your freedom to worship without fear of discrimination or persecution is so important to this country. I will stand up to anyone who tries to take those freedoms from you. You are not alone.

Finally, to those of you who voted for our President-elect: I don't understand you, and I don't respect the man you voted for, but I will try to understand. I will try and hear you. I am guessing that you felt alone, and this is your response. Well, clearly you are not alone. Now, let's work together to listen to those who still feel alone: immigrants, victims of sexual assault, people of color, the LGBT community, muslims, the needy. Open your hearts to them and I will open mine to you. We won't agree on many things, but I ask you to listen, as I will listen to you. Who knows? Maybe we can actually continue the march of progress together.


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