Given the mixed results for my first three attempts, for my final July Challenge recipe I decided to try something yummy that I knew would be a hit, assuming the preparation went well. Of course, I did choose a recipe notorious for a very technical preparation. However, while risotto is usually labor intensive and tempermental, requiring constant stirring, I found a recipe for “almost-hands-free” risotto a few weeks ago and decided it would be a delicious way to cap off the month.

It was definitely a success, with both DH and I going back for seconds. It did require a fair amount of prep but came together simply, so the recipe lives up to its claim of being “almost hands free” as far as risotto goes. I have enough arborio rice left for another half batch, so I’ll probably do that in the not-too-distant future. But since it did take some time to cook up, it’s probably not going to be a weekly staple or anything.

I will make a confession–and I might get reamed by a foodie for it–but I substituted more broth for the dry white wine. I assume some would consider that a sacrilege, but quite honestly I just do not have the palate to enjoy wine. Sorry. I just don’t. We’ve had risotto with wine before and it was not a joy for us to eat. Therefore, I had no qualms making my own substitution and did not regret it one bit!

So that’s a wrap on July. I’ll have to come up with a good August challenge, which might be interesting since I will be officially unemployed. Maybe my challenge will be getting a job? :p