What I Made: Risotto with Leeks and Turnips

These vegetables have given me a chance to try lots of new things, but for this recipe I stepped way outside of my comfort zone and tried making risotto for the first time. It wasn’t my finest effort, but even imperfect risotto is still tasty, creamy rice and cheese. This one includes scarlet turnips, which gives the whole dish a pink tint, contrasting with the heaping addition of sautéed green leeks.

As the days got cooler, I really looked forward to these leftovers in my fridge.  I also greatly improved my risotto technique – it pays in off recipes to be posted later! However, in the meantime, here’s the first attempt.

Leeks, turnips, and garlic are sautéed in olive oil until tender.  Then, the rice is briefly toasted with the mixture. Next comes hard work and patience: broth is added 1/2 cup at a time and the mixture is stirred constantly. This will take about 45 minutes and if you’re as out of shape as I am, your shoulder and arm will be ACHING. Once the rice is cooked through and a creamy texture, stir in the cheese and serve! More detailed instructions are after the jump.

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What I Got: Week 17

Happy Halloween!  The only thing scary about this basket is the amount of lettuce I need to eat! I have been enjoying a daily fall salad of lettuce with chopped apple and goat cheese, sometimes with toasted walnuts for a boost of protein.
Week17

 Red Romaine Lettuce, Baby Red Bok Choy, Young Red Russian Kale

Jonagold Apples, Banana Peppers, Red Beets, Red Radishes, Scarlet Turnips, Mixed Yummy Peppers

Asian Pears, Kiwiberries

The Red Russian Kale looks a lot like arugula or dandelion greens but on closer inspection, feels tougher and more substantial.