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February 5, 2014
A perfect pot of rice

When cooking risotto, I trust that you will use your senses, taste, and judgment as you follow instructions. When the rice has cooked the suggested amount of time, remove the lid, give the rice a stir, and take a taste. If the rice is perfectly chewy and creamy, turn off the heat, and incorporate the finishing ingredients. If it is almost al dente or just a bit loose, cook a couple more minutes, covered. But if the rice seems dry-especially if the grains are also undercooked-stir in ½ cup hot water or stock, or more if necessary to loosen the rice, and cook, covered, over low heat for several more minutes, then taste again. On the other hand, if the rise seems soupy-and the rice grains are almost fully cooked-you want to evaporate excess liquid quickly by keeping the lid off, raising the heat, and cooking the rice, stirring constantly, until it thickens.