Comforting Italian food intersects with Southern styles to create an array of delicious hybrids. Braised greens, tender beans, and a deep, abiding love of pork are just a few of the ties that bind two of the world's most soul-satisfying cuisines.
In this first recipe, we love the complex depth of flavor chicken livers lend (think dirty rice), but feel free to leave them out. Remember, the key to a creamy risotto is to stir, stir, stir. All that action releases the rice's natural starches, which make the sauce thick and velvety.
- Recipe: Winter Mushroom Risotto