Cooks Illustrated takes all the guess work out of cooking. They have tried every possible way to cook a dish, and then they print the best way for all. I have made quite a few risotto's in the past, so I knew this was the kind of dish that needed "help" in the kitchen. That is way I asked the Trout to help and be grill meister for the steak.
I have loved mushrooms since I was a child and was finally old enough to join the family in the spring foraging for morel mushrooms in the forest along the Iowa River near my childhood home. Absolutely love any kind of mushroom prepared in any kind of way, and this risotto is so excellent, earthy, woody tasting. We loved it and and are so happy that there are leftovers!!
Mushroom Risotto by Matthew Card (Cook's Illustrated)
2 bay leaves
6 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs parsley, plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley leaves
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed in fine mesh strained under running water
3 1/2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 pounds cremini mushrooms, wiped clean, stems discarded, cut into fourths
2 medium onions, chopped fine
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 pound or 2 1/8 cups Arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Ground black pepper
The directions for this beautiful risotto are lengthy. After pausing before going further, I decided to do a check on copyrights of recipes. Many years ago, I worked in a college library and learned a lot from the librarian who took me under her wing. It seems that the laws are obscure concerning recipes. Interestingly, I know the laws about copying knitting patterns are very strict.
From what I read this morning, the ingredients can be shared, but sometimes (and that is the operative word), the technique is copyrighted by the author. So, before I go further, I just wish to say that this recipe was exceptional, and if you have a great urge to make it, I suggest picking up the latest "Cook's Illustrated."
Now, if anyone can enlighten me to the rules of copyright regarding recipes, that information would be greatly appreciated.