Sunday Supper Spinach & Parmesan Risotto


The cooler weather is here and that means comfort foods!  My 7 year son requested his absolute fave  – risotto!  Although its a little labour intensive,  the end result is  definitely worth it.  This is my basic recipe for risotto – we really like parmesan risotto and I wanted to use up some spinach I had in the fridge so I added that.  Feel free to play with flavors and different tastes – mushrooms are another one of my faves for this dish.

Creamy Spinach & Parmesan Risotto

  • risotto4 cups homemade or organic chicken stock/broth
  • 1/4 c salted butter
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 -2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1  1/2 cup arborio rice (scant)
  • a few handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 3TB butter  – cup up into chunks
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

In a small saucepan, heat the chicken broth/stock to a boil, turn down heat and allow to simmer.  Meanwhile, in a a deep dished fry pan, melt 1/4 c butter.  Add onion and saute over medium heat for 5 min or until onion is soft.   Add garlic and stir for 1 min.  Add rice and stir for about 2 minutes.  Add the first 1.5 cup of hot stock (keep the stock hot throughout the process). The stock/rice will be boiling – adjust heat if you need to – to keep it at that temp..  Stir every couple of minutes until liquid is absorbed. Continue to stir and add liquid 1/2 c at a time until all stock is used up and rice is soft – this will take about 25 minutes.  At the 15 min or so mark, throw in the torn up spinach.  Keep stirring! When all of the liquid is absorbed, add 3 TB butter and stir to mix.  Remove from heat,  add parmesan cheese & salt and pepper to taste (taste it before adding salt).   Cover and allow to sit for 3 or 4 minutes.  Serve. EnJoy.
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Meatless Sunday


Today I was making dinner for one, and didn’t feel like eating any meat.  Luckily I had some portabella mushrooms in the fridge to the rescue.

Easy Balsamic Veggies

  • balsamic veg11 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 small portabella mushrooms  – quartered
  • 1/4 of a large sweet onion – chopped
  • 1 red pepper cut into thick chunks
  • 5 pieces Asparagus – trimmed and broken in 1/2 or 1/3
  • 3TB – 1/4cup Balsamic Vinegar

 

In a pipping hot pan, add EVOO until hot, add garlic, add onions and caramelize onions for 10 min.  Add peppers, and saute for a few min. Add mushrooms  and mix, add a generous amount of salt, plus pepper to taste, mix, add 3TB balsamic vinegar,  mix and cook down for 5min.  Taste – adjust balsamic vinegar/salt/pepper to taste, turn heat to low, cover and allow to reduce and steam itself for 15 min. balsamic veg 2

Toss and serve with basmati rice.  EnJoy.

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CARROT, CUMIN & KIDNEY BEAN BURGER


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This recipe looked so yummy I thought I would pass it on to my readers!

Originally posted on JACK MONROE: COOK, CAMPAIGNER, GUARDIAN COLUMNIST, MOTHER, AUTHOR, ETC.:

Photography by Susan Bell.

Photography by Susan Bell.

This burger is where the media storm began, and dubbed ‘the 9p burger’ because of the low cost of the ingredients used to make it, it’s one of my most popular recipes. A can of value range red kidney beans is a cheap but excellent source of protein and I built a lot of my early cooking around it. When my toddler asked me for burgers for tea, I made him these, and they became a firm staple in my household. I triple the recipe to make a batch of them, and freeze them in patties to whip out at a moment’s notice and fry on a low heat.

Makes 4 generous burgers:

1 x 400g tin of kidney beans
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 teaspoon ground cumin
a handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
a splash of oil, plus 2…

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Avacodo & Feta Taco. Its quick – Its Gluten-Free – Its Delicious and its Easy!


Its summer time and no one wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when there’s sunshine to enjoy!

IMG_20140716_150654 IMG_20140716_150703 TacoThis is an old favorite of mine.  Simply easy and delicious – best of all takes about 5 min to make and very little mess to clean up. This is a vegetarian taco-like sandwich using an unconventional filling.

Makes 1 sandwich.

  • 1 Corn Tortilla
  • 1/2 avacado
  • 1-2 TB red onion
  • 1 oz feta cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • cilantro (optional)

Heat a non stick pan over high heat.  Place corn tortilla (you can usually find them in the refrigerated area at your supermarket), in the hot pan.

Meanwhile chop the avocado & onion.  Flip the tortilla over in the pan (it will be crispy on the side that was fave down and a little browned).  Crumble the feta on the tortilla, add onion and avocado.  Sprinkle with  salt and pepper and cilantro if using.  (You can also add tomatoes or some cooked fish like mahi mahi ).   Heat for a couple min until you can peak at the bottom of the tortilla and see that it is browned.  enJOY.

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Maggie Monday: Baked Potato Casserole


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Originally posted on Rantings of an Amateur Chef:

Potato….cheese…bacon….’buff said. Here’s Maggie….

This is another recipe that showed up in my Facebook newsfeed at just the right time. We had a picnic to attend, and I needed a new recipe to try. This one looked great so I hit PRINT!

I doubled the amount of sour cream called for in the original recipe. I knew I wanted my dish to be a bit more creamy and decadent, so what the heck. I may or may not have used more than two cups of shredded cheese. (OK- closer the 3 cups…)

Another change I made was to double the bacon, and cook half of the chopped onion with the bacon. I chose to top the casserole with the bacon and onion mixture so it stayed crisp. The recipe said to mix the crisp bacon into the potato mixture, but I knew that would make it soft and soggy. No…

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Maté Con Sentido


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I remember the first time I tried maté while living abroad in Buenos Aires with a host family. The Guzmans introduced me to a number of traditions, and I showed them cheese grits and hot sauce. Cultural exchange just goes better with pepper sauce.

My two daily meals with the family were distinct: breakfast would be toasted pan con miel with long conversations about everything my host father, Alejandro, saw wrong with Argentinian politics. We’d often get engrossed in our chats, and I’d have to make the 25-minute walk to class in 15 minutes. Dinners were pizzas or gnocchi, with three kids and a mom trying to keep everyone in check (my 12-year-old sister loved to spar with my 13-year-old brother about boys at school; I loved to debate Brüno Mars’ musical legitimacy with her). It was a microcosm of chaos. That’s one human characteristic that doesn’t stop at borders.

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mexican grilled corn


Originally posted on cooking from the heart:

mexican grilled corn

my own recipe

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2 tbsp low-fat mayonnaise
2 tbsp nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 tsp chili powder
4 ears corn, husked
4 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 lime (juiced)
2 tbsp chopped clinatro
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

preheat grill to medium-high.  combine mayonnaise, yogurt, lime juice and chili powder in a small bowl and let chill.  rub each ear with olive oil and a healthy portion of salt and pepper.  grill corn, turning occasionally, until charred and tender, about 12 minutes. rub each ear with the sauce and sprinkle sprinkle parmesan over so it will stick.  sprinkle chopped clinatro on top before serving.

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May 26 is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day


Originally posted on Foodimentary - National Food Holidays:

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Juicy blueberries and creamy cheesecake,

try this perfect combination in a blueberry cheesecake.

Celebrate the National Blueberry Cheesecake day on May 26th!

Did you know…

  1. Cheesecake is a dessert formed of a topping made with soft, fresh cheese upon a base made from biscuit, pastry or sponge. The topping is frequently sweetened with sugar and flavored or topped with a puree or compote of fruit.
  2. Savory cheesecakes also exist, served sometimes as hors d’oeuvre or with accompanying salads. Despite their name, cheesecakes are technically tarts; the word ‘cake’ was formerly applied to a much broader category of foods than it is today.
  3. Cato the Elder’s De Agri Cultura includes recipes for two cakes for religious uses: libum and placenta. Of the two placenta is most like modern cheesecakes having a crust that is separately prepared and baked.
  4. Cheesecakes can be broadly categorised into two basic types –…

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May 14 is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day


Originally posted on Foodimentary - National Food Holidays:

buttermilk-biscuits

Tender, flaky and light as feather,

an amazing buttermilk biscuit is perfect for anytime of a day.

Celebrate! it’s National Buttermilk Biscuit day

Did you know…

  1. In the United Kingdom, the word “biscuit” is used to refer to what we in the United States would call a “cookie”.
  2. White flour, commonly used to bake biscuits, is almost instantly metabolized into sugar.  Biscuits will quickly spike your blood-sugar level.
  3. Mustard is a common condiment to use on biscuits in the south, especially to accompany ham.
  4. Most biscuit recipes call for a healthy dose of butter in the baking process.  Despite this, many people butter their biscuits after they are served as well.
  5. The main difference between biscuits and rolls is the leavening agent.  Biscuits use baking soda.  Rolls use yeast.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1686 Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. Fahrenheit was a German physicist who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale thermometer. It…

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Outta the mouths (for the mouths) of babes!


recipeI found this recipe written by my 8 year old daughter sitting on the dining table this morning. Looks like she’s  on the way to a full fledged foodie like her Mom!

In case you can’t read it – here are her recipes (2 of them – she’s written more and came up with a delish veggie salad as well but that’s for another post)  – could be influenced by a recipe book – or more likely the Food Network, that kid loves any cooking show! Especially Chopped and Top Chef!

 

Crazy Cucumbers

  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • thinly sliced carrot
  • raisins
  • cream cheese
  • chives

Spread cream cheese on cucumber.  Add carrots and raisins.  Roll it all up and tie it with a chive.

Inside Out Sandwiches

Mini Me Foodie

Mini Me Foodie

  • breadstick
  • mustard
  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • thinly sliced red pepper
  • turkey slices

Spread mustard on turkey slice.  Add rest of ingredients, ending with the breadstick.  Roll it up. EnJoy

 

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