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September 27, 2014
Cooking Risotto

When cooking risotto, I trust that you will use your senses and judgment as you follow instructions. When the rice has cooked for the suggested amount of time, remove the lid, give the rice a stir, and have a taste. If the rice is perfectly chewy and creamy, turn off the heat and incorporate the finishing ingredients. If it is almost al dente or just a bit loose, cook for a couple more minutes, covered. If the rice seems dry-especially if the grains are also undercooked-stir in ½ cup hot water or stock (or more if necessary) to loosen the rice, and cook, covered, over low heat for several more minutes, then taste it again. On the other hand, if the rice seems soupy and the grains are almost fully cooked, you will want to evaporate excess liquid quickly by keeping the lid off, raising the heat, and cooking the rice, stirring constantly, until it thickens.