You only need four cups of pumpkin for this risotto, so choose a small one or use any hard winter squash like butterkin, butternut, or acorn. Don’t be afraid to cover the risotto from time to time; it helps cook the rice more evenly.
A whole roasted snapper always wows dinner guests. When buying a whole fish, plan on one pound per person. Middlins are the broken bits left over from milling rice–they can take on a creamy texture when cooked, ideal for sopping up tomato gravy. Check out this method for preparing middlins from Carolina Gold rice.