Risotto two ways

Risotto & AsparagusWhat’s more awesome than risotto with a side of asparagus cooked to perfection by your loving spouse? That same risotto the next day when it’s been mixed with cheese, breaded and deep fried. Crispy, golden patties of deliciousness. That’s what we’ve got for you this week. Hope you like it, we sure did. xoxo
Fried Risotto

• Leftover Risotto Arancini •
Take leftover risotto, mix it with shredded mozzarella, about 1 part cheese to 3 parts risotto. Form into patties about 3/4″ thick by 2″ in diameter. Refrigerate until the patties are somewhat firm, an hour or overnight. Dip each patty in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs and set aside. Heat a half inch to an inch of neutral flavored oil (peanut, safflower etc) in a pan and fry the patties on one side until golden, flip and fry until the other side is golden. Drain on paper towels and enjoy.

Other accomplishments

Sometimes the bigger accomplishment is not the meal you planned for and executed so well, but the dinner you somehow pulled off when at 6:30 you realize neither of the adults has thought about dinner and there’s seemingly nothing in the fridge.

That was Wednesday this week. I had my head in the fridge and was on the verge of giving up and starting the long and painful conversation that is ordering takeout, when I realized we had everything for Penne with Cherry Tomatoes, Anchovies & Garlic. Plus salad, and grape juice in a mason jar for the hipness factor.

30 minutes later, dinner was on the table. Killed it!

 

 

 

Simple meal, major feat

Ravioli & avocado saladOn Tuesday I made cheese ravioli with the simplest of sauce and an avocado & tomato salad. Easy as it was, this was by far the biggest dinner achievement of the week because the kitchen floor looked like this:kitchen floorIt was a what’s-in-the-fridge kind of meal, cheese ravioli is a freezer staple for us. The sauce was just the juice from a can of plum tomatoes simmered with half a stick of butter. That’s right.

The ravioli and, um, butter, paired surprisingly well with a salad of diced avocado, halved grape tomatoes and finely chopped arugula dressed with lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt.

Another ad-hoc success this week was tortilla soup. You can read all about it here, or just look at the picture below. Wishing you a less-snowy week ahead, unless you like that kind of thing. xoxotortilla soup

Dinner disruptors

 

DinnerDisruptorsWhat I learned this week is that if you want to have a food blog, you should really try to get good shots of the food.

This poses a challenge when there’s all kinds of craziness going on at dinnertime, and your tiny, dark, basement apartment has horrible lighting and only fits a small table. Usually, I manage to shove the juice boxes, homework and washable markers aside and get a salvageable shot of something we ate, but not this week.

So I leave you with this slice-of-life shot. And the assurance that the Chicken Piccata was very well received (and quick!) and the Fennel Baked in Cream was as over-the-top decadent and delicious as ever.