Culinary Inspiration

Risotto is an Italian rice dish that exudes decadence with its velvety texture, and known as much for its exquisite taste as it is difficult to prepare. You have to go slow, add a little bit of broth at a time, and just keep stirring. It’s been described as the kind of dish that requires zen and mindfulness during the cooking process. There are no shortcuts. Just attention, patience, and some serious arm muscle.

Just because it’s not a quick meal, doesn’t mean it’s out of reach for the less experienced. After all, cooking is really all about the enjoyment.

Walnut Sage Risotto

Heather Christo created a special Pumpkin Walnut Sage Risotto recipe just in time for the holiday season. We enlisted the help of her adorable daughter, Pia, our Pint Size Chef, to show you just how simple it is to whip up.

Pia shows you how this soul-warming dish can be dressed up with warm fall and winter flavors. It has ingredients that will wow your guests, including pumpkin purée, nutritious California walnuts, and grated pecorino cheese. Rather than a standard basil-based pesto, it uses walnuts and sage to add an herbaceous and nutty flavor. Its thick and creamy texture combined with the flavor of fresh herbs and nutty undertones elevates the dish even more, making it an orange-hued masterpiece perfect for your next holiday meal.

For more holiday dinner table inspiration, check out our holiday entertaining collection. Stay tuned as Pia teaches us how to make other easy dishes, proving that cooking with walnuts is so simple a kid can do it.

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