lemon zuccchini risotto with a balsamic tomato salad

July 21st, 2007 · 2 Comments


the food photo’s are hurting.  i know i know.  bear with me here folks.  i’m in the midst of a major learning curve as you can surely tell.

but if you want to see what this risotto dish should have looked like just go to “last night’s dinner” and there you’ll find the lovliest pic of a wonderful rendition because quite frankly that woman knows what the hell she’s doing and can cook her ass off and someone needs to run and give her a book deal for god’s sake…

me, well – this was my first shot at risotto and you know what?  it was good.  it was refreshingly lemony and creamy from the goat cheese and i got to use up a big zucchini from my csa share which is always a big plus.  but it was just a tad gluggy.  so i need to leave it a little soupier (are you lovin my technical cooking terms?) and then it’ll set up some more when i take it off the heat.  so i have been told and so i believe. 

the tomatoes were csa heirlooms chopped up in a good balsamic with a chiffonade of lemon basil and smoked salt sprinkled on top.  yeah buddy…

and now for your viewing enjoyment:  come with me on a voyaristic journey to a saturday morning at the franklin farmers market just south of nashville, tn where somehow i have wound up living and liking it pretty well…

the esoteric herb people

the esoteric herb people.  your one stop shopping for lemon balm, summer savory, borage and the like


i get a kick out of this kinda thing


my favorite csa in the world, delvin farms – the weekly share


my buying 2 chicken breasts for $12 as my grandmother is rolling over in her grave


a big shout out to the creator of all things… !!!


summer in a box


discussing the whole foods/wild oats debacle merger with a friend at the market – and hey, check out those zucchini’s in the forefront.


my share unloaded on my kitchen island with a dozen farm eggs, the $12 chicken breasts and a pint of blackberries

wish me luck

Tags: risotto · tomatoes · vegetables

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jennifer Hess // Jul 23, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Awww, I think your risotto looks great! And the balsamic tomato salad looks gorgeous.

  • 2 Julie // Jul 23, 2007 at 8:57 am

    I find risotto particularly difficult to photograph. It never photographs as good as it tastes. Lemon zucchini risotto sounds like an excellent summer dinner, and wow! your CSA box is filled with all sorts of wonderful stuff.

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