I usually don't measure or follow recipes when I cook, but I knew that good risotto requires proper technique. So I actually measured and followed the directions carefully.
Well, sort of. I made three changes. I followed the recipe exactly to make the broth, then added the broth slowly, cup by cup, as directed. Then, I made some changes. I only added back about 10% of the leeks used to make the broth. I used bacon instead of ham. And I completely ignored the instructions about adding pesto. Neither Steve nor Trevor is crazy about pesto, so instead of stirring in 3/4 cup, I added a few teaspoons on top.
It was absolutely delicious! But even though I love pesto, I actually preferred the bites without the pesto dollop. So in the future, I'll be making this without the pesto.
And because it doesn't merit a separate blog post, I'd like to announce that I have successfully tracked down and tried cacao nibs.
I've heard so much about them recently. It took some work to find them (without resorting to paying shipping).
First I tried them plain out of the bag - they are very crunchy and have a strong, deep chocolate flavor (but no sweetness). They are bitter, but not in an unpleasant way. I definitely liked them. Steve and Trevor did not. Next, we all tried them on chocolate ice cream. I liked the crunch the cacao nibs added, but I didn't feel like they added positively to the flavor. Neither Steve nor Trevor was interested in trying them in other applications, so I was the only one who tried them added to raspberry yogurt. It was OK- again, the crunch was nice, but I liked the yogurt and the cacao nibs more separately than I did mixed together.