Easy Risotto with Mushrooms and Sausage


I was reading a cooking mag while on a treadmill at the gym and saw a great risotto and sausage recipe.   I made a mental image of the dish, and once home I hit the cookbooks to get some how to tips.  Turns out it isn’t too hard to make risotto and my use of mushrooms and sausage makes for a tasty filling meal.



1 and 1/4 lb. sweet Italian sausage

4 cups chicken broth

1 and 1/2 cups risotto

1 small onion – diced

1 cup fresh mushrooms – chopped

1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms – reconstitute in bowl of warm water for 30 minutes and then drain water and chop mushrooms.

juice of 1/2 lemon

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley

1/2 cup white wine

salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese


Squeeze lemon juice over fresh mushrooms.

To a large pot add olive oil and bring to medium heat, add onion, mushrooms, parsley and saute for a couple minutes.

Add risotto and wine, stir and let the risotto soak up the wine.

Add 1 cup of chicken broth at a time, stir and allowing time for the risotto to soak up the broth before adding the next cup.  This step will take up to twenty minutes.

In large fry pan cook the sausage in either link form or broken up.  When fully cooked either cut links into serving size for presentation on top of risotto, or add browned sausage to the risotto and stir.

Plate dish, add Parmesan cheese and garnish with extra parsley.


Encore  – Veterans’ Day Salute

I have always loved air shows. When growing up my parents would take my brother and me to air shows at the Minot Air Force Base. I remember as a child watching in awe as the USAF Thunderbirds performed precision maneuvers in their brightly colored jets. Later we waited for an F-106 Delta Dart to do a fly by at a speed above the sound barrier. The air show announcer kept announcing how close the jet was getting and then, he instructed us to look to the east, and just then the Delta Dart jet burst silently into view and streaked past overhead, followed a moment later by the blast of the sound barrier and the roar of the engines. Back “in the day” things were a little looser in the world and if you were at a military air show in the geographical center of nowhere military jets were allowed to break the sound barrier at air shows, and man was that cool. I carried on the tradition of attending air shows with my wife and children.

One of my vacation ideas is the great air show held at the famous Top Gun School in Miramar, California (sadly not held this year due to shall we say civilian issues) .

At Miramar they put on a show to be remembered. But in the morning I like to view the planes displayed on the tarmac. It is just amazing to walk around and examine up close just about every type of airplane that exists. The display includes amongst other aircraft,  WWII airplanes, Cobra or Apache Helicopter Gunships, the F-14 Tomcat, an F-18 Hornet, and even a B-52 Bomber likely flown in from my hometown. And I even got to walk up the ramp and through the cargo hold of the gigantic C5 Galaxy transport plane. One year they even had a stealth fighter on display with a rope around it so you could not get too close, and to make sure distance was maintained every so many feet an armed Marine kept watch.

Viewing the static plane display would be enough for me, but the show just keeps building. Next they start the civilian stunt pilot show which exhibits the skills of amazingly talented civilian pilots.

And finally it is time for the military show to start. The military portion of the air show starts with the Army Golden Knights parachuting in freefall and then grouping together one by one to form a stack formation, which from the ground looks like each Golden Knight is standing on the Golden Knight below him.

The last Golden Knight trails the American Flag for presentation.  Finally, they break formation and each Golden Knight performs a stand-up landing on the designated dot right in front of the crowd. What an inspiring way to present the Flag.

After the Anthem is song, the show kicks into high gear as the Marines execute a full Air-Ground Assault Demo. The Demo includes: Harrier jets, attack helicopters, heavy lift helicopters carrying Marines, canons, and assault vehicles, and it is all executed in perfect precision. They even simulate bombing runs with pyrotechnics producing blasts so large you can feel the heat.

At the completion of the Demo the young Marines parade by the viewing stand on foot, or sitting atop tanks and assault vehicles to the nonstop ovation of the crowd.


At Miramar, the last event of the day is always the Navy Blue Angels who demonstrate the absolute ultimate in precision flying skills.

All too soon, the inspiring, and at times emotional, show is over and it’s time for the crowd of thousands to leave. While walking with the mass of people along well controlled paths, on the way the way to the parking area, I passed many young men and women Marines offering assistance and directions. I saw our servicemen and women up close. I saw their young faces, their proud focused eyes, and observed how well they conducted themselves. They are maybe 19 or 20 years old. And then it hits me, the show stopper is not the wonderful airplanes and complex equipment. No, the show stopper is the marvelous young men and women of the United States Armed Forces. We are so blessed by their devotion to God and Country.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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