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Porcini Risotto

This is a wonderfully delicious recipe from Chef Adrian Giese of Mastro’s Restaurant in Los Angeles. He enjoys cooking on his Caliber Indoor Pro Range at home, and wanted to share this porcini risotto recipe with you.

Place the slices of porcini garnish on a cookie sheet and drizzle with one teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Bake in the oven at 350º F for ten minutes with the fan on. Heat the water to a boil in a separate pan and set aside. In a shallow sauté pan, add two tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onions and chopped porcini; sauté until the porcini are soft and the onions are translucent and sweet. Add the rice to the pan and sauté for about three minutes or until it takes on a light golden color. Prepare 2½ cups of hot water. Add the first ½ cup of hot water to the rice and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the water is mostly soaked up. Keep adding a ½ cup of water at a time until it is completely absorbed by the rice while you stir. Check the texture of the rice. If you prefer softer risotto, then add the last ½ cup of water. Once the desired texture and consistency is achieved, add the cheese and butter then salt to taste. Plate and drizzle with the remaining olive oil and garnish with the whole porcini slices. Risotto is best enjoyed as soon as it is finished. Bon appétit!

1 medium onion, 1/8” diced 
6 oz. porcini mushrooms chopped into 1/3” cubes (reserve a couple whole mushroom slices for garnish)
4 Tbsp butter 
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
1 cup Arborio rice 
2 ½ – 3 cups of water 
¾ cup finely grated parmesan
Kosher salt to taste – about 2 tsp 
Fresh cracked black pepper 

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Butternut Squash Soup

This is a delicious soup recipe to make on the Caliber Indoor Pro Rangetop or Power Pro Dual Top Burners during the fall season. Sweet potato is the secret ingredient, which adds an extra sweetness and texture to the soup. Peel, seed and dice the squash. Peel, seed, and dice the sweet potato. Put them both in a pot with the vegetable broth, water, and salt. Bring the pot to a simmer for 40 minutes, or until tender. Be careful not to boil. While the vegetables simmer, melt the butter in a pan. Gently cook the onions in the butter, stirring occasionally, until they begin to caramelize. Continue cooking for about five minutes, stirring often. Add the wine to the onions, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the onions to the mixture in the pot and continue to simmer for the remaining time, about 25 minutes. Puree everything with a hand blender. Add the cream, white pepper, and a bit more salt if needed. Garnish with chives or cilantro. Enjoy!

1 Pound butternut squash (about 12 oz peeled, seeded and diced)
1 Large sweet potato (about 12 oz peeled and diced)
2 Cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 Cups water
3/4 Tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
2 Medium onions, sliced
1/3 Cup dry white wine
1/4 Cup half and half
White pepper to taste

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