Sunday, August 15, 2010

And Now We Are 10

Both kids in double digits now, what the heck?

Happy Birthday girl with her store bought cake.  I wanted to try to make her some sort of fancy cake, but I just ran out of time and energy.
Funny story...I accidentally bought the kind of candles that relight after you blow them out.  They were sparking all over the place and burning down to the cake and we couldn't get the darned things to quit burning...hehe!  That's what she gets for having an over 40 mom who can't read the fine print.

 Silly kids

Birthday Critters 

 I know haven't posted much food lately, so can I get an amen and a hallelujah for risotto?  

However much this recipe makes up is exactly how much I can eat in one sitting!  It's so easy and so delicious...what's not to love!  
Here's the recipe from

 Lemon Risotto 
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups water
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 small-medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1 cup Arborio rice
Zest and juice of 1 large lemon or 2 small Meyer lemons
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (a couple of handfuls)
2 tablespoons slivered mint leaves
A handful basil tops, shredded or torn
(I left the previous two ingredients out and used parsley) 
Salt and pepper
In a large pot, heat the stock and 2 cups water over medium-low heat.

In a risotto pot or large skillet with rounded bottom, heat the EVOO over medium to medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sauté to soften, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the rice and add the zest of lemon. Heat the rice a minute or two, then add the wine and cook to evaporate. Add in the stock a few ladles at a time and stir for a minute with each addition of stock to develop the starch and creamy aspect. Keep adding the stock each time pan starts to become dry at the edges. The total cooking time will be 18 minutes or so.

When the rice is cooked to al dente, stir in the butter, lemon juice, cheese and herbs. Serve immediately.


Kim said...

Hallelujah for risotto! It looks perfectly delicious.

Happy birthday to your daughter! Turning 10 is a big one! She's getting all grown up (which is both fun and scary at the same time). My 9 year old no longer wants me to walk with her down to the bus stop. She wants to do everything with her friends and on her own.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Happy Birthday!

Your risotto looks wonderful.

Monet said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! It looks like you had a special day of celebration. I remember how excited I was when I turned ten...Your risotto looks delicious, rich and creamy!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope she had a wonderful one!

teresa said...

happy birthday sweetgirl! my daughter just turned five and i don't know what to do with myself, ten seems so big!

the risotto looks marvelous, one of my favorites for sure. i discovered that the leftovers are great fried up as cakes the next day.

Julie M. said...

Yum! I love a good plate of hearty risotto and Rachael never disappoints! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Lara said...

Lemon makes everything better. This looks delicious!

Velva said...

Amen to the risotto. Yours looks really good. I just made a Spring risotto this weekend and it was obvious I needed to work on my risotto skills. You inspire me to keep trying.

Happy Birthday to your daughter. Yes, what the heck? How do our kids grow up so fast?

Pam said...

Happy birthday to your daughter. The risotto looks creamy and delicious.

Juliana said...

Happy Birthday :-)
The risotto looks so yummie, love the lemony flavor in creamy.

Monica H said...

Happy birthday to your girl!

I remember my 10th birthday very fondly. It was the year i turned "2 whole hands" :-)

From the Kitchen said...

Happy birthday to your girl!! Did you share some of the risotto with her? Looks delicious!


Barbara Bakes said...

Happy Birthday to your little one! That lemon risotto sounds like a perfect side dish.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your children are so adorable!

Very fresh looking and sounding risotto, love the lemon and it looks so creamy!

Ingrid said...

Happy belated birthday to your babygirl!

I have a set of 14 yr old 9th graders and a 11 yr old middle schooler...I'm REALLY old! :(

Karen said...

They grow too fast! The risotto sounds so refreshing - I bet it would be great with chicken.

My Little Space said...

Oh Julie Julie, haha... I think we're the same! But at least my kids will check for me if it is expired or whatever. haha... Luckily the cake stay as good! I'm sure you guys having a great time.
Cheers, kristy