...was letting my children know that risotto is an impressive and delicious dish.
Even when they required a step ladder to reach the stove top, they would happily take turns stirring the pot, adding ladles of stock as needed. Secondborn, especially, was eager to learn to make the dish all by himself. It's pretty awesome when someone else makes dinner*.
With broth in the freezer or pantry, we always have the basics handy. And it turns out that risotto can be a vehicle for any number of unfamiliar things--squashes, greens, and cheeses sharper than they'd usually choose.
We just made a big batch with butternut squash, mushrooms, and Manchego.
Tomorrow's dinner is done.
*When the boys go off to college, I might try some baked risotto recipes. For now, this works.