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RECIPE: Slow Cooker Corn and Bacon Risotto

Corn is starting to come into the farmer's markets. One of the best things about summer is all the great fresh produce that you find in abundance-whether it's in your backyard or it's at the farm stands. So last weekend we had an abundance of farm fresh corn, and I was not only busy one day, but I was also tired of just having corn on the cob. So after doing some research, I decided to try a risotto recipe using corn as the star. This is from a Better Homes and Gardens "Garden Fresh Recipes" magazine special edition that I've always saved. It breaks down all the different fruits and vegetables that you can find at the farm stand and gives you some different ideas on what to do with all of it. I did have a raised eyebrow with the recipe for this risotto. They didn't allow for the Arborio rice to really open up by toasting it in the skillet first. So I took my Italian roots to the recipe and even though you do finish it in a slow cooker, which makes things …

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