Risotto, so prized for its creamy, flavorful grains of rice, is not the dish for quick weeknight meals. It requires a slow simmer and a hovering hand on a Sunday afternoon. But if you have a taste for such a dish and it's only Tuesday, substitute with a pilaflike mixture that comes close to the Italian classic.
Pilaf is normally made with long-grain or basmati rice. Here, we've substituted with short-grain rice to mimic the look of risotto. After a quick saute so the grains absorb the butter-shallot flavors, we add wine and chicken broth and cover the dish to cook until tender.
If you go The St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. It features live music and traditional Greek dancing and food. You also can tour the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St. Free. Call 410-633-5020 or visit greekfolkfestival.com.