- Church kick-off dinner was a success! On November 3rd I will be cooking for their appreciation dinner as well.
- The two weddings I was in charge of at work went off without a hitch! Everything looked beautiful, food was executed well, and overall we all had a good night. We still have many details to work on but not bad for our first go at it. One of the major goals I have set for myself is formulating "checklists" of all the questions/ floor plans/invoices/etc. which can be used for future events so that nothing is forgotten and things remain smooth.
- Taygan's baptism is FINALLY happening ;-) I even designed cute invitations with his picture and everything, way to go me!! (note: cute picture to the right)
Butternut Risotto (YUMMY!!)
3lbs. butternut 1. Heat oven to 450 and roast butternut pieces. I put a little touch of
Chicken broth hunny on mine.
Small onion 2. Get your broth simmering on the back burner and find a nice
Butter deep skillet for your risotto.
1.5 c. Arborio rice 3. Cook onion in butter till soft then add garlic, cumin, and rice. Let
minced garlic cook for 4 minutes.
1/2 cumin 4. Stir in 1/2c. of broth and cook on medium/high heat stirring until
Grated Parmesan cheese all the liquid is absorbed. Keep adding 1/2c. broth until rice
sage becomes creamy, yet still al dente. ( like a thick soup)
salt & pepper 5. Stir in Butternut squash, parm cheese and sage. Finish with Salt. I also added some frozen green peas to add a little color.
I served our risotto right over top some thick slices of butternut.... This dish was REALLY good.
* Note: risotto takes TIME and PATIENCE. I actually made mine to relax, joe was annoying me heheh so I stress relived by cooking, risotto non-the-less, I find it very soothing. And NO risotto isn't HARD, so try it, you will totally impress people and can dress up any boring dinner.
I've been searching for a tahini free hummus recipe for a little bit now, but they never seem to hit the spot. However, I have finally mastered a basic hummus recipe which I couldn't be happier about because I could live off the stuff.
1 can chickpeas
1 garlic clove
juice of one lemon ( start with half and add more if you think it needs more)
1/4c. good olive oil (sometimes you need a little more, I sometimes add a few tsp. of the chickpea juice too, depends on the consistency.)
Crushed red pepper flakes
Just add all ingredients into the food processor and TA-DA Hummus..... GOOD hummus!