• italian wedding soup
    Dinner,  Soup

    Italian Wedding Soup

    Italian Wedding Soup is easily one of Rob’s favorites. He isn’t a big soup person and often says that he doesn’t always view soup as a meal by itself. That said, when he wasn’t feeling great the other day, he happily agreed to a big bowl of Italian Wedding. So, Italian Wedding is a generally pretty simple soup. It’s some pasta, meatballs, and a leafy green (traditionally escarole) in broth. Now that said, Rob is very particular about his Italian Wedding Soup. He has a pretty long list of do’s and don’ts. It covers almost every aspect of the soup, from the pasta to the meatballs. First off is the…

  • Sage Pepper Risotto
    Side Dish

    Sage & Black Pepper Risotto

    I absolutely love risotto!  I think I have made it at least 6 different ways over the years.  Risotto is a technique that involves cooking rice in broth until it reaches an amazing creamy consistency through constant stirring.  Its amazing how the rice starch by itself creates this perfectly sticky, gooey mix with almost nothing else!  It is a bit labor intensive (it is half an hour of near constant stirring), but DEFINITELY worth it.  The key to this version is to add a healthy grind of coarsely cracked pepper at each step.  It gives it a good bite that pairs well with the orange and sage. You can cook…