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Valentine’s Day, Risotto al Mare & Orvieto Classico

Posted in Caro Diario.(dear diary..), cucina, entertaining, Features, Holidays, special occasions, and wine


copyright 2009, Maria Liberati. The Basic Art of Italian Cooking is getting closer to Valentine’s Day..I can smell the roses and taste the chocolate..

Don’t forget the wine. My choice is Orvieto Classico..perfect for risotto or fish or chicken..My suggestion would be a risotto al mare.seafood risotto.

Well it contains clams and they are an aphrodisiac.

Here is the recipe and more on Orvieto Classico shortly.

Risotto al Mare

1 cup arborio rice

4 -5 cups vegetable broth

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

4 pounds small fresh or fresh frozen clams

1 slice onion chopped finely

1 clove garlic

2 cups Orvieto Classico or dry white wine

1 tablespoon butter (unsalted)

5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

salt & pepper to taste

Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in saute pan and heat,place in clams and pour in 1 cup white wine. Saute til clams open. Take out any that do not open.  Set aside sauteed opened clams.

In another saute pan, place in 1 tablespoon olive oil, heat, place in chopped parsley and the juice from clams that have just cooked. Saute for 2 minutes.

 Place vegetable broth in soup pan, add in parsley mixture to broth. Stir and heat to boiling. In another saute pan, add in remaining olive oil chopped onion, garlic clove whole, and saute till onion begins to turn golden.Add in dry rice, pour in 1 cup white wine. When liquid is absorbed, add in 3/4 cup of broth and stir continuously, Repeat this process until rice is al dente (about 15-20 minutes).Add in cooked clams, stir. Place in butter, stir till melted, serve with Orvieto Classico

Join me on February 18th at 6PM at Whole Foods Market in Marlton NJ. Book signing & The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm cooking school. Join us for a cooking class-Pasta & Their Sauces- after book signing.

To register call the store at 856-697-7191 or email

Join me also on February 19th at Whole Foods Market, Philadelphia,Pa at 6 PM for a book signing and The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm Cooking school. “Cooking on a Budget The Basic Art of Italian Cooking.Cook a 4 course authentic Italian meal on a budget from the best selling book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking. To register email us at or call the store at 215-599-9735

Join me on February 26th at 7 PM at the Whole Foods  in Princeton, NJ-Book Signing and The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm Cooking School. “Every Pasta Has Its’ Sauce” Cooking Class includes lesson on pairing pasta withtheir sauces, how to cook perfect pasta and making 4 separate pasta dishes. recipes,samples and lessons provided. To register call the store at 609-799-2919 or email

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