Remember when the Food Network used to teach you how to cook? Think hard, because it was a long time ago. Way back when Giada was still scowling about having to be on a television show, she showed me how to make arancini. And I watched. And I yearned. Oh, I wanted those deep fried balls of leftover rice with happy little nuggets of cheese in their centers. I wanted to eat them like popcorn.
Somehow, the arancini idea never happened. I sort of kept it in the back of my brain as a “someday I’ll…” item. But, eventually ideas need to become action, and the rubber needs to meet the road. That day came yesterday when I reviewed the great new cookbook, Easy Gourmet, by Stephanie Le of i am a food blog. I made and shared the recipe for pea and bacon risotto (and you can still enter for chances to win a copy of Easy Gourmet if you click that risotto link), and because I didn’t feel so great on Tuesday, I made the risotto yesterday morning. This meant that I ate some during the Photograph Taking portion of the day and had quite a bit leftover.