Zucchini Risotto with Basil

Zucchini Risotto - Andrea Meyers

Zucchini season will soon come to an end, but there’s still time to enjoy this icon of the summer garden. We’ve made salads, pasta, bread, gratins, and all sorts of things with zucchini, even though it was a sad zucchini year for us after losing all our zucchini plants to garden pests. Risotto is comfort… 

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The Daring Cooks Make Creamy Rice with Mushrooms, Artichokes, and Shrimp

When I saw this month’s Daring Cooks challenge announcement, my pulse quickened and I envisioned a moist, colorful, flavorful Spanish rice. The sofregit seemed perfect for the season, with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and garlic, and this was a perfect opportunity to test out the paella pan (paellera) Michael gave me for Christmas. That I still… 

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Jambalaya with Shrimp, Chicken, Andouille, and Ham and a Giveaway

I don’t have any Creole or Cajun relatives (that I know of), so for authentic recipes I turn to some of my favorite cookbooks. Emeril calls this particular recipe his “Clean Out the Ice Box and Freezer” Jambalaya, my kind of food, particularly now because after the holidays and fall harvest we have a freezer… 

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Risotto with Onions and Sage

Risotto is creamy, beautiful comfort food, and I can’t think of a better meal to make it for than Thanksgiving. Because it’s not a fix it and walk away kind of dish, I do not make it for weekday meals. The constant stirring and adding liquid demands careful attention, and the usual chaos surrounding our… 

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Vegetable Paella

Vegetable Paella Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Paella is the pinnacle of rice dishes, though the grand seafood version we often see in the United States would be unrecognizable to the Spanish peasants who invented it. The dish originated in Valencia and traditionally was made with rabbit and land snails, though sometimes chicken and/or duck was used instead. Seafood came later as… 

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Arroz Con Pollo

I have a long list of favorite comfort foods, and arroz con pollo is definitely in the top ten, right up there with homemade biscuits, Ajiaco Bogotáno, mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, warm fresh bread, my grandmother’s fried chicken, and…I could go on for a while! Arroz con pollo is basically a variation on… 

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Saipan Red Rice (Eneksa Agaga)

Saipan Red Rice (Eneksa Agaga) Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Grilling season is approaching, and one of my favorite summer sides is this red rice from Saipan. As I mentioned in my post on Chicken Kelaguen, this is a common island dish that brings back fond memories of the local cookouts and celebrations. The red coloring comes from soaking achiote seeds in water. The seeds… 

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Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Black Beans with Rice

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Black Beans Recipe with Rice - Andrea Meyers

There is something about beans and rice that I find very comforting. We can make a whole meal out of a simple dish such as this. I like to eat beans and rice just about any way, but this is probably my favorite. The recipe is inspired by several that I’ve tried over the years,… 

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