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Palm Sunday & Risotto

April 18, 2011

Th palmsun

The fifth Lenten Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday marks the beginning of Passiontide. The sixth Lenten Sunday, commonly called Palm Sunday (yesterday), marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent immediately preceding Easter.

Children carrying palm branches led Jesus in triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The beginning of the end of His life on Earth. The beginning of our hope, our salvation – Jesus the Christ’s substitutionary death for sinners…for me.

The people of Jerusalem were hoping for a savior to lead them against the occupying Roman garrison. Jesus rode into the city on the back of a colt with children singing “Hosannas” before Him, His disciple proclaiming, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

PS Covenant Choir’s offering of Messiah parts 2 & 3 was wonderful to sing & according to DH & sons, wonderful to hear!

Heart of Palm Risotto

Be sure to use Arborio rice & hand grate the Parmesan cheese for the best result.


  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Onion
  • 2/3 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1/4 cup dry White Wine
  • 3 cups boiling Vegetable Broth or Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup sliced Hearts of Palm
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Sea Salt & White Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter


  1. Heat butter & olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion; cook & stir until it begins to turn golden brown at the edges, about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the rice, & stir until the rice is coated in oil & has started to toast, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium & stir in the white wine.
  5. Let it cook until it has mostly evaporated, then stir in one-third of the boiling vegetable broth; continue stirring until incorporated.
  6. Repeat this process twice more, stirring constantly.
  7. Incorporating the broth should take 15 to 20 minutes in all.
  8. When the rice is mostly tender, but still has a very slight crunch, stir in the hearts of palm & Parmesan cheese; season with salt and pepper.
  9. Cook for another minute to heat through then stir in parsley & butter.
  10. Serve immediately.

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