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Vegetable Risotto

Dried mushrooms are reconstituted in hot water. Lettuce and fennel are sweated down in some hot butter in a big, heavy-bottomed pot, then set aside. Onion takes their place, followed by short-grained arborio rice, followed by hot water. Then the cook stirs and stirs, performing the old dance of risotto. (I tried the dish using…

Sprout Salad Slider

“One of my favorite things to do with leftover turkey is chop it up and make a turkey salad with nuts and fruit mixed with mayo and Dijon,” says Chef Mauro. But for people who don’t eat meat, brussels sprouts are a delicious substitute. “I love brussels sprouts,” Chef Mauro says. “They are one of…

Shrimp in Green Mole

There are only three basic steps to making green mole: Whip up a purée of toasted pumpkin seeds, tomatillos and chiles in a blender; sear the purée in oil and cook it until it thickens slightly; then add chicken stock and simmer until the mixture is creamy. Once the sauce is done, you can poach…