Take the title of today's blog entry with a grain of rice. Not salt. The salt we know best, i.e., table salt, the stuff with which we season food, is a mineral composed largely of sodium chloride. To "take something with a grain of salt' is not to take something seriously. Don't take what I say with salt. Take what I say with rice. Rice is a grain. Go with the grain. That is to say, go with what I say. Listen to me, because, I mean it.
To speak sotto voce is to speak quietly, for emphasis. Speak softly and carry a big stick. Some people speak loudly with a big schtick. Not I. I may not talk a lot, but, when I say something, I say what mean. I tend to be serious, and to speak with confidence, but, not without humor. I speak risotto voce.
In French, the word for laugh is ris. Ris is of Latin origin. In English, to be "risible" is to be laughable. To be ridiculous is to be laughable to the extreme.
Risotto is not funny. Risotto is a northern Italian rice dish. Risotto is basically creamy rice, but, well prepared risotto is so much more. Risotto can have the consistency of mush, but, I like it al dente; between creamy and chewy, with a little "bite" in it. Well prepared risotto is both simple and complex. It is meant to be savored.
I speak risotto voce. Simple, but complex. Risable, but serious. With a little bite.