Risotto alla Milanese with Patti Isaacs Rescigno (Online) Feb 12, 2022

Risotto and salad on plate

Instructor:  Patti Isaacs Rescigno

Date:  February 12, 2022

Time:  10:00am to 12:00pm

Total Cost:  $35

Skill Level:  Beginner

NOTE: Be aware we may cancel this class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached.


Class Description:

Il riso nasce nell’acqua e muore nel vino (Rice is born in water and dies in wine).

How did a Midwestern girl raised on Tater Tot Hot Dish end up cooking authentic Italian cuisine?  Hear the answers to this and other questions as you learn how to make risotto—and what to serve with it—for a delicious Italian dinner.

Do you find risotto as intimidating as Patti found her future Italian mother in law?  Does it turn out watery or dry, or never quite get done?  Patti will share her tips for perfect risotto in this fun online class; you’ll finish with dinner for 4 and the enthusiasm to try other Italian dishes. Buon Appetito!

Students to supply: 

For risotto:

  • About 2 cups arborio rice (do not substitute other rice; note that you might not use all of this)*
  • 4 T butter or combination of butter and olive oil
  • ¼-1/2 cup white wine
  • 1-2 packets saffron powder (about .3 gram), or equivalent whole threads*
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • Grated parmesan (avoid the stuff in the green can, if possible)
  • 2-3 T heavy cream
  • Salt q.b. (quanto basta, i.e., to taste)

If you’re planning to serve a meal when the risotto is done, you’ll also need:

  • Charcuterie
  • Salad
  • Crusty bread

* Arborio rice can be found at most larger supermarkets. I’ve seen it at Cub in Stillwater. Saffron threads can be purchased at higher-end grocery stores (Kowalski’s, Lunds and Byerly’s locally) and markets that specialize in Mediterranean foods, like Bill’s Imported Foods in Minneapolis. You would likely need to go online to find powdered saffron.  

Note: This class will be online via Zoom, not in person—a link will be sent prior to the class.

Online Class General Information:
• Each registration is for one “device” (one computer, tablet, phone).  This is to ensure we don’t have more people registered than the instructor is comfortable with having in a class.  Please be respectful of this guideline and purchase multiple class spots if more than one person from your household is interested in attending.
• You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which to access the online class.  Please arrive 10 minutes before class begins, to ensure your connection and device are ready when the class begins.
• If the class lists ‘Materials Needed’, you will want to purchase those materials and have them available as well
• Each class will be held using Zoom technology.  You will receive a link and a password and information on how to log on,  prior to the class.  You will be able to view and ask questions during the class.

Cost Details
Tuition: $35