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R THE GIST THE RECIPE Springtime Risotto LEMON RISOTTO WITH CHICKEN & PEAS * adapted from recipe on Serves 4-6 2 ½ cups chicken broth ½ cup water 3 Tbl. butter, divided 1 large shallot or ½ a yellow onion, minced 1 ½ cups Arborio rice ½ cup peas ½ to 1 cup chicken, diced and cooked thoroughly 4 Tbl. Parmesan cheese, divided 2 Tbl. cream cheese at room temperature one lemon, zested and juiced ¾ tsp. salt ¾ tsp. pepper ISTOCK / MYTHJA IF YOU KNOW ME - or have seen some of my food blogs on - you know I'm not a big fan of winter. So when the weather starts to warm back up, it puts me in better spirits and in the mood for colorful, spring-like cuisine. That's where my lemon risotto with chicken and peas comes in. Lemon is one of my favorite spring flavors. And ever since I learned how to cook a proper risotto, I want it all the time. The creamy texture of this dish, the pop of lemon tartness and the sweetness of peas make it simply delicious. Risotto can be time consuming to prepare, as you have to almost constantly stir the pot. But the results are totally worth the wait. at a time, stirring until each ½ cup is almost absorbed. Stir constantly for each portion of broth to absorb before adding the next. This process should take about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the mixture is creamy. Toss in peas and chicken and stir to combine. Turn heat to low and stir in 1 Tbl. butter, 2 Tbl. of Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper. Top each serving with the remaining Parmesan cheese. In a saucepan, combine the broth and water and bring to a simmer. Keep warm on low heat. Cook chicken - seasoned with salt and pepper - method of choice (sautéed, baked, boiled) and keep warm. I prefer sautéed because it's quicker and browns the chicken nicely. In a large pot, melt 2 Tbl. butter over medium heat. Add the shallot or onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with butter. Begin adding ½ cup of broth - JESSICA WRIGHT TOP 5 SIGNS ROANOKE IS NOT A DUDE TOWN 5. Wrestle Fest, Salem Civic Center, April 26; Jason Aldean, Roanoke Civic Center, May 1. 4. Firetrucks parked sideways across half the Towers lot on weekend mornings. 3. See pages 13-23 in this issue. 2. Stagg Bowl, every December outside in the cold; Guns 'n' Hoses game. 1. Popularity of Crossfit. 5. Wait, a big neon star is our symbol?! 4. Bella. 3. Hooter's died. 2. The Taubman seems to be actually getting by. 1. Popularity of Planet Fitness. 10 MARCH/APRIL 2014 AMY NANCE PEARMAN TOP 5 SIGNS ROANOKE IS A DUDE TOWN THE R OANOKER.COM http://www.THEROANOKER.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker - March 2014

Roanoker - March 2014
The 360
The Network
The Flavor
The Gossip
The Gist
The Look
Dudes! and What it Means to Be One
Three More Dudes
Top 10 Annoying Dude Traits and How to Overcome Them
Dude-Dubious: The Awards for Questionable Achievement
The Lady in Black and Her Harassment of Dudes
Man Caves, Roanoke Style
Carvins Cove at 70
Dude Eats: Jack Brown's
The Dish
The Perfect Weekend

The Roanoker - March 2014