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Rustic Vegetarian Canned Pumpkin Risotto

I am focusing today on my Italian site and one of the areas I noticed that needs a lot of help is the risotto category. I mean this is a very important dish in any Italian kitchen and how can I not build it up a bit more. I mean we have plenty of pizza and lasagna recipes as those were two of the seeding site that went into making this site up. When I started it I did for a reason I wanted to explore Italian food further then just pizza and lasagna not that there is anything wrong with either but there are so many wonderful Italian dishes it is only right to go deeper.

So I wanted to start out with something a bit different and being from New England one of the biggest things is fall foliage which got me to thinking the pilgrims and the whole thanksgiving thing and that to many of us from a food point means turkey and pumpkins. Well I decide turkey risotto sounded a bit to weird but what about pumpkin it will definitely make for a cream and smooth risotto and when it came time for deciding on a broth to use I decide to go with a vegetable broth and it just so happened to make the whole thing end up vegetarian. So all the better.

Now in my recipe I use frozen cubed butternut squash as it is available all year round as where pumpkins not so much and not at this time. Also this helps simplify the recipe using the caned pumpkin and frozen squash so you could do this anytime the mood strikes you. One of the problems with seasonal ingredients is if you love the recipe you are stock waiting to make it again. This way it doesn’t matter when it is you can repeat your success anytime which let’s face it something’s are just too good to wait a whole year to give it another whirl. So if you like this one it can be made as soon as you desire and no trying to figure out substitutions I kind of did that ahead of time for you. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

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