Serves 4
Wild mushroom puree:
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1/2 pound assorted wild mushrooms, such as chanterelles, morels, porcini, shiitakes, creminis and portobellos, trimmed, wiped clean and cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tablespoons dry sherry or Madeira
1 cup good-quality canned low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Farro risotto:
1/4 cup minced shallot
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup uncooked farro
4 cups good-quality canned low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth, plus a little extra as needed, heated to a bare simmer in a saucepan
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
A few sprigs of flat-leaf parsley (or another herb) for garnish
First, make the wild mushroom puree: In a saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and saute, stirring frequently, until it begins to turn glossy and tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Raise the heat slightly, add the mushrooms and saute, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are tender and most of their liquid has evaporated. Add the sherry or Madeira, stir and scrape with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan. Stir in the stock. When it is hot, carefully puree the mixture with an immersion blender, or transfer it to a blender, in batches if necessary, and puree, following manufacturer’s instructions to avoid splattering. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
For the farro risotto, in a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallot, and saute until glossy and tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the farro, and stir until the grains are completely coated with the oil and smell slightly toasty, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of the hot stock, reduce the heat slightly to maintain a light simmer, and cook, stirring continuously, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 3 minutes. Continue adding stock in this way, 1/2 cup at a time, while stirring constantly, until the farro grains are tender but still slightly firm and chewy, 20 to 25 minutes.
Stir in the reserved wild mushroom puree, and cook until the mixture is heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the sherry vinegar.
Spoon the risotto into shallow serving bowls. Garnish with herbs, and serve immediately.

Osso Buco

Serve 4
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 dry bay leaf
2 whole cloves
Kitchen twine, for bouquet garni (fresh herb blend) and tying the veal shanks
4 whole veal shanks (about 1 pound per shank), trimmed
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
All purpose flour, for dredging
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 small onion, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small carrot, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
1 stalk celery, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine
3 cups chicken stock
3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest


Place the rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and cloves into cheesecloth and secure with twine. This will be your bouquet garni. For the veal shanks, pat dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. Veal shanks will brown better when they are dry. Secure the meat to the bone with the kitchen twine. Season each shank with salt and freshly ground pepper. Dredge the shanks in flour, shaking off excess. In a large Dutch oven pot, heat vegetable oil until smoking. Add tied veal shanks to the hot pan and brown all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove browned shanks and reserve. In the same pot, add the onion, carrot and celery. Season with salt at this point to help draw out the moisture from the vegetables. Sauté until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and mix well. Return browned shanks to the pan and add the white wine and reduce liquid by half, about 5 minutes. Add the bouquet garni and 2 cups of the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone. Check every 15 minutes, turning shanks and adding more chicken stock as necessary. The level of cooking liquid should always be about 3/4 the way up the shank. Carefully remove the cooked shanks from the pot and place in decorative serving platter. Cut off the kitchen twine and discard. Remove and discard bouquet garni from the pot. Pour all the juices and sauce from the pot over the shanks. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon zest.