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Learn all about risotto recipes with expert cooking tips in this free Italian cooking video.

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ANNE MOONEY: Hi, I'm Ann Mooney. I'm a personal chef here in Orlando in Winter Park, Florida. I'm also a food columnist for Simply The Best Magazine in Delray Beach Florida, and today, I'm here on behalf of Expert Village. Today, we're going to talk about risotto, one of the simplest, most classic Italian dishes that's gaining wide popularity here in the United States for a lot of reasons. For one thing, it's economical because it's filling and nutritious and delicious. It's cholesterol free, unless you put a lot of butter in it, and it's also gluten-free for those who want a gluten-free diet. The basic risotto needs five ingredients and that's it. If you have these five ingredients on hand, and most people do, you can whip up a risotto in exactly 27 minutes. That's how long it takes to cook from start to finish and you have a wonderful meal. The ingredients are, to feed four people as an entree, five cups of some kind of stock--you can use vegetable stock, chicken stock, beef stock or a combination of those, depending on what you have around--a cup of wine or vermouth--that would be dry vermouth--two cups of a short-grain rice--and we'll talk about the rice a little bit more in a minute--three tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of either shallots, onions or garlic, and you've got a risotto.

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