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The Belgian Cast 
Oct. 15, 2013 11:52 am 
Updated: Oct. 28, 2013 2:36 pm


There’s just something about a river that I have always loved-constantly moving and making noise.  hmmmm….sounds very familiar.

So, when you talk to me about rivers or fly fishing, I’m all ears.  There’s especially a type of cast when fly fishing that appeals to me.  It’s called the Belgian Cast.  The difference between the Belgian Cast and other fly fishing techniques is constant motion.  The rod never stops until it’s time to lay the cast down.  Now, that’s my type of casting.

In my world, risotto-making is kind of like the Belgian Cast.  You never stop stirring until it’s time to pour it onto a plate.  For me, this is cooking nirvana.  

Sausage & Veg Risotto

I recently discovered a recipe on that made me smile.  A risotto with the spiciness of ground Italian sausage and the creaminess of risotto.  To make it even better, fresh asparagus, fresh mushrooms and peas, white wine and freshly-ground parm. A sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley, served with a bottle of wine and freshly baked Italian bread made me the queen of the castle.

I opted for Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage.  Not only because coupons were included in a recent Allrecipes Allstars goody box, but also because it’s the best.  We’ve been cooking Johnsonville recipes all year in the Allrecipes Allstar program, and I’ve never been disappointed.  

So, get your arm muscles ready, grab a big pot and wooden spoon and let’s cook some risotto.

 Click HERE for the Recipe!

Oct. 15, 2013 5:23 pm
I'm not a big Risotto fan.. but I sure am a huge fan of Fly fishing... and the sausage!!!!
Oct. 15, 2013 6:34 pm
Terry, then let's just go fly fishing and cook out the fish we catch with some of that awesome sausage!
Oct. 15, 2013 6:53 pm
Paula I'm in! There is nothing better than catch ... clean ... cook and eat at the riverside!
Oct. 16, 2013 6:01 am
That Risotto looks delicious, Paula! I'm adding that to my recipe box to try when my new kitchen is finished. I'm without water and appliances for the time being. It gives me a chance to build my arsenal of new dishes to try! My husband used to love to fly fish. There was a finesse he had with it that was amazing. Love your photo of the rushing river. Nice to hear from you!
Oct. 16, 2013 7:38 am
I have never tried risotto. Your blog makes me want to try this particular dish, anyway.
Oct. 17, 2013 12:11 pm
Oct. 17, 2013 3:42 pm
I am a very big fan of Risotto. The recipe you made sounds delish. Thank you for sharing. BTW, I love the sound of a roaring river too!
Oct. 21, 2013 2:48 pm
Oct. 25, 2013 8:27 am
Hi Paula! I agree with you about the romance of the river. That's how I feel about trees. I love trees. Especially at this time of the year. I'll try the risotto. Thanks for the recipe link! Cynthia
Oct. 28, 2013 2:36 pm
paula- i am wondering if there is a way to contact you- we love your peachy keen bars- and i was wondering if you have made themwith chips in place of the peaches??- i was thinking butterscotch or peanutbutter chips-- any ideas- thanks for your time- judy-
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About Me is my food blog where I post my simple recipes in a complicated world. I work for a commercial insurance agency, so cooking is the creative outlet that I need. I love to create my own recipes and enter an occasional cooking contest. My two grown sons grew up cooking in our kitchen, and now I enjoy cooking with my 5 year old grandson.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is my favorite thing to spend time doing. The science of baking has always fascinated me. From the time I was 12 I couldn't understand how popovers rose and kept their hollow middles and just had to see for myself by making them at 2 a.m. on a school night. I got grounded from the kitchen after that stunt.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Any holiday-my personal favorite? Halloween It wasn't until I had 2 kids of my own that I discovered how fun Halloween cooking can be!
My cooking triumphs
-Cooking among professional chefs in The 2013 World Food Championship -Representing Bob's Red Mill in Scotland in the World Porridge Making Competition -Winning Bob's Red Mill Spar for the Spurtle in 2013 -Appetizer Host for Kraft's Real Women of Philadelphia contest for season -Making cooking videos for Kraft as contracted.
My cooking tragedies
I've had plenty-from burning toast to ruining an expensive piece of steak, if you cook enough, tragedies are bound to happen. Just like in life, live and learn.
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