Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
This was actually my first time making risotto, other than the barley risotto I made and I think it turned out really well. I tried to remember to stir constantly and let all the liquid to be absorbed before adding more. This may be a new fav in our house.
|Will wants me to hurry up and take this photo so we can dig in!|
Tomato and Sausage Risotto serves 4
I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen, but she adapted the recipe from Martha Stewart Everyday Food.
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes in juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casing removed
1 small onion, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 bunch flat leaf spinach, washed well, stems removed, and chopped (about 7 cups)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons butter
In a medium saucepan, combine tomatoes (with their juice) and 3 cups water. Bring just to a simmer; keep warm over low heat.
In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add sausage and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up sausage with a spoon, until sausage is opaque and onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add rice; cook, stirring until well coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until absorbed, about 1 minute.
Add about 2 cups hot tomato mixture to rice; simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until absorbed, 4 to 5 minutes. Continue adding tomato mixture, 1 cup at a time, waiting for one cup to be absorbed before adding the next, stirring occasionally, until rice is creamy and just tender, about 25 minutes total (you may not have to use all the liquid, in fact I had about a cup remaining).
Remove pan from heat. Stir in spinach, Parmesan, and butter; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately (risotto will thicken as it cools), and sprinkle with additional Parmesan, if desired.
Monday, April 25, 2011
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Saturday, April 23, 2011
Here's a round up some of my favorite links this week:
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Yesterday marks day two of my gluten free diet, and also my first road block. However, I'm not surprised as the item in question is dairy. I've had, for some time, an idea that I was lactose intolerant. Mostly cheese is the culprit. Yes, I know...cheese, in all of it's glory and splendor is my demise. It really is sad that someone so in love with food and beverage has so many physical problems with it. On week two I might have to completely eliminate dairy as well to see if that is also the source of my problems.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
If any one is reading this that knows me then you're aware I needed a haircut and I needed it bad. Well, if you don't know me allow me to enlighten you with a photo of me a month ago when I started my blog up again.
|Hi, I need a haircut|
I am a huge fan of the movie, Breathless, which is a huge influence on my short hair. Here are some photos of Jean Seberg in Breathless and some other ladies with great pixie style!
Monday, April 18, 2011
I may sound like a total mom when I tell you this, but it will give you a frame of reference on how controlling and organized I am when cooking: Before I go grocery shopping I research what is on sale at the grocery store that I want to make and then I build my weekly plan of dinners around that. It takes a little bit of time because I also research recipes I want to try if they're new to me.
Sometimes I find some crazy deals at our local store, New Seasons, or some of the co-ops in the area. One time I actually found fresh Albacore Tuna steaks at $4/lb. This is crazy good deal so I proceeded to buy six steaks both for my brother and I to split. Today was something like that when I saw New Seasons had Coho steaks for $6.99/lb. Not wanting to use any of the salmon recipes in my repertoire I decided on this new one.
The original recipe is for one and also had no carbohydrate so I adapted a little for two and included some millet (gluten free), which has as much protein and nutritional value as wheat. Also the recipe calls for skinless fillets of salmon, but the steaks were on sale so I had to increase temp and cook time slightly.
Also, I forgot about the millet so that was a partial fail. It was overcooked and had the consistency of grits so I left it out. Other than that the salmon was lovely. The zucchini was really flavorful, in the future I would increase the amount of zucchini the recipe called for, maybe even sub another summer squash.
For the last eight years, I have struggled with gastrointestinal issues. It started my first couple years of college and seemed like my body rejected almost everything I ate. I would get sharp pains, stomach cramps, amongst other issues; needless to say it wasn't pretty. At that time, my doctor diagnosed me with Acid Reflux. After that I became very conscience of what I ate: no fatty foods, minimal dairy. Some things I couldn't give up so I tried to minimize my intake of acidic foods like tomatoes, onions, carbonated beverages and caffeine. My symptoms never went away and if anything, they've worsened over the years. Sometimes I am so bloated that I physically look like I'm pregnant (I keep saying to myself I should have Will take photos of me because it's so ridiculous). Last year, my doctor diagnosed me with IBS and I've been following that diet, which is pretty similar, and pretty much cuts out all dairy. I really feel no change except that it is so much worse.
My soon to be sister-in-law has also had as much gastrointestinal issues as I and she recently saw a doctor who ran tests on her which answered all her questions and even told her that she was intolerant of a lot of foods. Her experience has influenced me to go gluten free and seek out a doctor to test me for allergens, over-all gastroinestinal health and Celiac Disease. People that have CD are often misdiagnosed for years before finally being properly diagnosed. I hope that I don't have CD because there are so many things that I love and would miss giving up, like beer. With CD you cannot slip up because it damages your body and takes that much longer to repair itself, it can also lead to some autoimmune disorders.
This week I have decided to start my new diet with no gluten. I will really miss beer, so if any of you have any good gluten-free beer recommendations please let me know. If I don't have CD and find that I am just gluten intolerant I will be relieved because I am still planning to eliminate gluten from my diet, but wouldn't mind an occasional beer or croissant. After reading my blog you can understand how giving up certain foods is painful for me, but am looking forward to a happier and healthier me.
Here's my stash for the next week. I will be documenting my experience and blogging some recipes from Whole Living, Simply Recipes, and Gluten Free Girl over the coming weeks.
|I've never had gluten free bread, guess I'll find out.|
Stay tuned for my progress and some yummy gluten free recipes. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Check out these beautiful nature vignettes! They are like an amazing dream sequence. Candy Claws did the soundtrack for them and they are on Pitchfork for only one week.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
It's taking me a while to get this post up, but I wanted to share with you one of my guilty pleasures...charcuterie! After our recent event at the winery my coworker Matt and I went to celebrate with our friend, Mary, her new job. We had cocktails, wine and appetizers at Jory at the Allison Inn and Spa. Jory is a really nice restaurant with great staff, an awesome wine list, and thanks to their new chef, Sunny, a menu that is unparalleled. Our real motivation for going is that our work had recently hosted a comparative staff tasting at the Allison and at lunch we had the charcuterie plate and hands down, was the best I'd ever had.
While waiting for our friend Mary to finish up at work Matt and I ordered some cocktails and Jory's amazing truffle fries. To start I had a delicious bourbon cocktail with Bulleit Bourbon, ginger, lemon juice and a brown sugar syrup and let me tell you, it was mighty tasty.
|mmmm...reaching for my delicious cocktail.|
|2006 Lumos Temperance Hill Vineyard|