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Friday, May 11, 2012

Leek, Bacon and Pea Risotto

Finally I made Martha Stewart's leek, bacon and pea risotto for Martha Mondays! I know it's not Monday and it was only about six weeks ago, seriously. It just goes to show you ...it's never too late!  This was Sassy Supper's choice and it was a good one, I just didn't get a chance to make it then. This week I had some organic leeks, and used up the end of the organic arborio rice, and I also had some bacon that was left over from breakfast and was already cooked!! Perfect I thought of this recipe.
About the only charge that I made to the recipe was the pre-cooked bacon..oh and I used up the chicken broth that I had on making chicken noodle soup for my "sickies" so I used beef broth, it was okay, but I'll bet it would be much better with the chicken broth.

Since I didn't have to cook the bacon, I added a little bit of oil in the pan to cook the sliced leeks until they were nice and tender.

After the leeks were tender I added the chopped bacon, then the arborio rice.

Cook until edges turn translucent, about a minute. 

Pour in a cup of white wine, and cook until absorbed about 2 minutes.

After adding all the broth a cup at a time, and the rice is al dente about 35 minutes, add the peas with the last cup of broth, then stir in the Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat and cover while you let it stand for 2 minutes. 

Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top with a little fresh grated Parmesan!


All week at work we had staff appreciation at school.


One day they brought in pies from a local Amish restaurant...

We had plenty to choose from

We were given a glass with the school name on it. The the nurse and I got beautiful flowers for school nurse day, we each got one form the Principal and one from a frequent flyer clinic visitor. Even though I am not a nurse, but I play one at school :) no I am the health room aide who does take care of the children when they get hurt, or sick, I give meds, check blood sugar, help them change clothes when they wet their pants or spill chocolate milk. I give them shoes, shoelaces, belts, cereal, milk, juice, bandaids, and safety pins when they need them. I fix eye glasses too! But the worst part of my job is trying to reach some parents, it usually takes us a minimum of three phone calls per student before we can reach someone... that is if we can reach someone.
When we arrived at school on Monday morning this is what greeted us...
A gift from a student, wonderful macaroons!
More sidewalk art...
On Tuesday they gave us breakfast, and then lunch today (Friday). So we had a wonderful week other than all the bumped heads at P.E. and a 911 call for a broken arm on the monkey bars to a new student just this week! Welcome to Florida!.

52 comments:

  1. Somebody loves you......French macarons? Nice post.

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    1. Yes, well we do take care of their kids!

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  2. Oh no to the broken arm! But oh yay to that risotto...those pies are tempting!

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    1. I know, not a good way to end the week with a broken arm! But everything else was nice.

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  3. The dish has simple ingredients but it is big on flavor and aroma, I bet!

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  4. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! One question . . . you have an Amish restaurant in Florida?!?!?!

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    1. Yes, in Sarasota we do, actually we have several Amish restaurants. We also have a couple of Amish markets that we go to each week, for fresh local produce. So good!

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  5. What a beautiful post; teachers are special! your risotto is talking to me; looking good.
    Rita

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  6. I love risotto and this sounds like such an awesome set of flavors for it!

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  7. It sounds like you do a great job and I'm so glad everyone took the time to appreciate it! The risotto looks like it turned out great!

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    1. Thanks sometimes the kids make it all worth while! :)

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  8. I should greet you Happy Mother's day and then Happy Teachers' day in a couple of days:D Your week was very busy I see, your risotto looks awesome good!

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    1. Thank you for the happy wishes, so nice of you!

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  9. That looks worth every calorie!

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    1. You could leave out the bacon if you were too concerned about the calories...haha! ;)

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  10. YUM! I only had my first leek ever this week. I'm all about them now. Need to give Martha's recipe a try :)

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    1. I love using leeks, such a nice flavor!

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  11. Yum! what great flavors for a risotto!

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  12. Nice!! When I was at the front desk my student aides always brought me cards and goodies for secretaries day. Now that I'm a registrar I have very little contact with students other than the day they register. We did get pizza a week late for a belated admin assistant day and a new coffee cup for the entire staff for teacher appreciation. I didn't even know there was a school nurse day - who can keep up with all this stuff! I know I couldn't which is why it doesn't bother me when admin forgets. Great recipe too by the way :)

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    1. Our social committee give all the office staff something for admin assistant day, the social committee gave us gift certificates for school nurse day too, and include me cuz I'm in the clinic! It is nice to be appreciated!

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  13. I love the step-by-step picture :)

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  14. I'm so pleased you made the risotto - it was very good, and I love all of your photos.

    Those macaroons look so yummy - were the Amish pies good?

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    1. I know it took me long enough! :) Everyone loves the pies, I'm not that big on cream pies. I enjoyed a small slice of cherry!

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  15. Really like the ingredients in your risotto Lyndsey! Going to make that soon.
    And, by the looks of those photos, you were absolutely appreciated!! Such a fun week of surprises!

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    1. It is nice to get appreciated especially this time of year when it's hard to keep up with everything!

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  16. This sounds like the perfect risotto to me! Love the sidewalk art and macarons :)

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  17. Your lovely risotto just sings out springtime, Lyndsey. I saw fresh peas and leaks in the farmers' market on Saturday so this will be on my weekend menu. Love the sidewalk art and those beautiful macarons.

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    1. Perfect, I never really thought of it for springtime!! :)

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  18. This look like a wonderful risotto meal, yummy! That macarons from students look good too.

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    1. It was yummy! Love the gifts all are so sweet!

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  19. great risotto and isn't it just the best to be appreciated so so special happy belated mothers day sweet lady, and we fly to England tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks, Hope you have a wonderful time in England, visiting family I'm sure!

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  20. Its so important to recognise staff at schools - it really makes kids stop and listen and think of all the ways the teachers make a difference! Well done and I'm glad you got to see in a small way how much you mean! The risooto looks great - I'm so scared of leeks.... I need to give them a go!

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    1. Thanks, it is nice to be apprecitated, sometimes I don't think they realize half of what we do each day! Oh you should give leeks a try, they are very nice! I use them in my split pea soup, and they are great with eggs.

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  21. Lyndz, you are as priceless as any teachers at school. ((hugs)) You're the students life saver. lol! :o) So, you deserved to enjoy like everyone else in the house. Hopefully, no more 911 calls for some times or for the time being.
    Take care. And wishing you a very Happy Belated Mother's Day! Have a great week ahead, dear.
    Love
    Kristy

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    1. Aww, thanks Kristy! We get many broken arms from falls off the monkey bars. Hope you have a great week too!

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  22. Lyndsey-your risotto looks so good, creamy flavorful, and delicious. Love all the cute and thoughtful gifts from the students...especially the beautiful macarons.

    I'm so surprised to see that you have an Amish community in Sarasota, and restaurants, markets, as well. We had a huge Amish community in Ohio, outside of Cleveland that we used to visit to buy all kinds of wonderful things, but here in West Palm Beach, Fl. we don't even have one!...sigh!
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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    1. We have a lrge Amish community in Sarasota, we don't have the horse and buggies like they have up in Michigan, but they have bicycles everywhere. A lot will come down from Ohio and Indiana for the winter. I was talking to this one girl at the market when I was buying my lady finger popcorn, she said she brought some down with her from Indiana, in case they didn't have it down here. She couldn't go the winter without her lady finger popcorn. :) They even have a new market and sandwich shop right at the mall. You'll have to come to my side of the state now for a visit! I have the summer off!

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  23. Lyndsey, i bet you are really good and patient at what you do, thus the students adore you! their appreciation says a lot! i have been thinking of risotto the last few weeks but sadly i can't seem to find arborio rice in the supermarkets here. i used to make risotto when i was living in singapore as i can get easily buy a bag of arborio. guess i'll keep searching here in kuala lumpur. looks so so tasty!! :)

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Jocelyn! Some parents do tease me asking me what I do, the kids want to come to the clinic all the time! :)

      Maybe you could use another short grain rice instead of arborio rice, like pearl rice. Good luck in your search!

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  24. Your students love you! Happy Teachers day to you. Good and dedicated teachers these days are RARE find. Yours students are a lucky bunch to have you. Give me risotto anytime, I will be very happy. Hugs.

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  25. hi lyndsey, i think your job is wonderful. I actually sense that those kids will just like to hang around you in school! coincidentally, it's teacher's day today in malaysia and i know there are performances by teachers and as well from students in schools and your risotto sounds deliciously good!!

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  26. Macarons from a student? Fancy! It sounds like the kids adore you! The risotto looks amazing! I have some in my cupboard that's been staring me in the face far too long.

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  27. Your risotto looks incredibly delicious! How nice to be recognized for a job well done! This is my first time on your blog…found you via Food and Thrift. It’s nice to meet you…lovely blog!

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  28. wow...risotto looks so delicious...creamy n very flavorful !!!

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  29. Yummy combo of flavors ...perfect risotto for me to try!
    Colorful macroons is an ideal gift for such a wonderful lovely teacher!
    Take care friend!

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  30. Love the leeks and peas in your risotto. And of course bacon makes everything delicious.

    What a thoughtful student to bring you French macaroons. I'm sure your kids adore you. After all, who doesn't love someone who takes care of them when they don't feel good. It's like being everyone's mom, only at school.
    Sam

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