Saffron Risotto with Almonds and Currants {pressure cooked, vegan}

Dreamy risotto, fragrant with bright yellow saffron spice, saffron risotto with almonds and currants is a delicious slightly exotic side dish. This recipe first appeared on Pressure Cooking Today where I’m a contributor.

Saffron Risotto with Almonds and Currants | Letty's Kitchen

I love classic risotto with its starchy creaminess and tender-firm bite. Yet, I’d always avoided risotto recipes. No matter how enticing, it seemed like too much standing at the stove was involved.

Guess what? Italian Arborio rice cooked in the pressure cooker has the same creamy risotto quality it has when cooked traditionally! No difference. What once seemed so daunting and time-consuming has become my easy and quick way to cook this special rice. Continue Reading…

Vegetarian Rice Paper Spring Rolls {vegan and gluten-free}

These vegetarian rice paper spring rolls make a playful party–everybody gets to win. You set out the healthy fillings—crisp matchstick carrots, pungent fresh herbs, crunchy lettuce, and slippery glass noodles—your guests tuck and wrap fresh veggies in softened rice paper, and dip them into flavorful peanut sauce.

Vegetarian Rice Paper Spring Rolls |Letty's KitchenMaybe you’ve enjoyed these light Vietnamese salad rolls at a restaurant or another party. But have you made them at home? When people learn how to make these fresh vegetarian rice paper spring rolls, they love it! It’s an easy interactive meal to share with friends.

Serve with the peanut sauce for sure. Offer a second sauce, such as sweet red chili sauce. Another dipping sauce option is equal parts honey and rice vinegar, seasoned simply with with hot pepper flakes and salt. Continue Reading…

Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer

Three ingredients–Italian sparkling wine, a splash of sexy liqueur, and bubbly mineral water–make up this barely boozy spritzer, celebratory simplicity in a tall ice-filled glass. Sparkling, enchanting, and inviting, with pear, citrus and floral nectar, this Prosecco and elderflower spritzer is the most refreshing cocktail you’ll sip all summer. Promise.

Prosecco and Elderflower Spritzer | Letty's Kitchen
Prosecco has a gentler effervescence than champagne’s, and the sparkling water cuts the alcohol content, so this drink is lighter, and feels more thirst-quenching than a classic cocktail.

Have you ever tasted St-Germain, the amber French liqueur made with hand-picked elderflower blossoms? With bright and fragrant flavor hinting of honeyed pear, white peaches and grapefruit, St-Germain makes magic in this spritzer. Continue Reading…

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Pitas with Lemon Tahini Sauce

These warm dog days of summer, forget the oven, even forget your stovetop. Turn on the grill. Whip up a casual summer dinner–roasted eggplant and tomato pitas with lemon tahini sauce.

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Pitas with Lemon Tahini Sauce | Letty's Kitchen

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I’ve been on the road, eating, biking and hiking along the way. After visiting friends in Ketchum Idaho and Bend Oregon, my trusty blue Honda Element brought me to the Columbia River Gorge, the windy stretch of river between Oregon and Washington. Robbie drove up earlier and was already kitesurfing his heart out.

We hang out on the Washington side of the river, in a funky old trailer with a very cozy kitchen–so mostly we cook outside. I forget the fact that our fridge space is at a premium and keep bringing home (almost) more produce that we can juggle. Continue Reading…

Healthy Paprika Kale, Baked Tofu and Almonds

Have you had your greens today? You’ll love them this way—tender ribbons of Italian kale and leeks, gently seasoned with sweet paprika, tossed with cubes of savory tofu, and sprinkled with salty chopped Spanish almonds. Healthy paprika kale, baked tofu and almonds–just what the doctor ordered. This post first appeared on Pressure Cooking Today where I’m a contributor.

Healthy Paprika Kale, Baked Tofu and Almonds | Letty's KitchenWith shorter cooking time, in very little water, more vitamins stay in your healthy greens. This recipe teaches the trick to perfect vitamin-rich kale in just two minutes in a pressure cooker. Continue Reading…