Rainy spring nights call for warming, comfortable dinners. My recipe for seasonal Leek and Asparagus Barley Risotto is on Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine's blog. It's hearty, healthy, and easier than traditional risotto.
One of the best parts of making risotto is opening a bottle of white wine, using a little to deglaze the pan, and sipping a glass or two while stirring. Forget Napa: try The Villager White from Oyster River Wine Growers, in Warren, Maine. The label features a painting by Bangor artist Emily Leonard Trenholm.