Raspberry and Feta Salad, Shrimp Risotto with Artichokes and Smoked Mozzarella, Pizza Bianca, and Pina Colada Sorbet

Raspberry and Feta Salad

Line salad bowls with spring greens
Top with:
Fresh Raspberries
Crumbled Feta Cheese
Toasted Slivered Almonds
Drizzle with:
I went to the Ojai Lavender Festival with my friend, Karen, yesterday where we tasted everything Roberto e Leonardo’s Gourmet Blends had to offer – it was all amazing.  These are two of the selections I purchased – you’ll see more in the coming weeks.

Shrimp Risotto with Artichokes and Smoked Mozzarella

In a large skillet, sautee:
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, Diced
2 teaspoons minced Garlic
When onions are softened, add:
1 Cup Arborio Rice
Stir until rice starts to brown, then stir in:
4 Cups Seafood Broth, 1/2 cup at a time until liquid is absorbed and rice puffs up.
1 Cup White Wine (we used Viognier)
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Continue cooking until liquid is almost completely absorbed.
Then, stir in:
1 pound cooked Shrimp
1 can Artichoke Hearts, drained and quartered
8 ounces shredded Smoked Mozzarella (we found this at Trader Joe’s)
The whole process takes about 1/2 hour.  It’s important to stir the rice because that’s what releases the starch that makes Risotto so creamy.
Pizza Bianca
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
Scatter some Corn Meal on a Pizza Stone.
Then stretch 1/2 recipe Wolfgang Puck’s All Purpose Pizza Dough into the desired shape and thickness.
Drizzle with Olive Oil
Sprinkle with:
Pizza Seasoning
Sea Salt
Parmesan Cheese
Very thinly sliced Onion
Bake for 20 minutes.  Slice & enjoy hot from the oven!
When we were kids in Rome, we’d often grab a piece of Pizza Bianca as a snack fresh from the Forno.  Here’s a neat story about a Pizza Bianca tasting venture in Rome where it originated.
Pina Colada Sorbet
We just bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker and this is our second creation.  This fabulously easy recipe comes from David Lebovitz’s book, The Perfect Scoop.  It is to die for!  The flavors of Pineapple and Coconut highlighted with a touch of Rum and Lime are marvelous.  And the texture is perfect.  It’s truly a signature summer dessert!  It couldn’t be easier or better!

Nasturtiums – photo by my friend, Bill
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  1. Anonymous says

    Liam, here from Gourmet Blends. Thx for sharing our products and the delicious recipe. I’m going to try it next week when I get home from my travels. Yum!

  2. says

    Another fabulous meal…love the salad, your risotto looks perfect and creamy, that pizza bianco will be tried here for sure, and another David L recipe to make! Brava!

  3. says

    A wonderful meal! I love your menu, the salad, risotto, pizza and ice cream all look amazingly delicious. I’ve been wanting to make ice cream but haven’t gotten to it yet so thanks for your inspiration and recipe ideas.

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