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Monday, June 29, 2009

Baked Risotto

I love risotto, but as previously mentioned I can also be quite lazy. Risotto requires a lot of stirring (almost constant) so I am a fan of this version that can be made in the oven. The other thing I like about risotto is that after you include the main ingredients, you can pretty much throw anything in there and it will come out great. Perfect for those "this asparagus is about to go bad" nights.

Baked Risotto {adapted from Martha Stewart}
Serves 2 to 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
2 to 2 1/4 cups hot water
1/2 cup homemade or low sodium canned chicken stock
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 oz uncooked shrimp
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  1. In an ovenproof saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and chives and cook, stirring, until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and cook, stirring to coat the grains with oil, about 1 minute. You’ll be able to tell when they are all covered with oil - they kind of change color.
  4. Stir in the wine and cook until it has completely evaporated, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, the stock, salt, the shrimp and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover, transfer to the oven, and bake, until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven. Stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup water (the consistency of the risotto should be creamy), the butter and parsley. Serve immediately


Probably the last bunch of the season, I bought some more peonies this weekend. The pictures I took of them reminded me of the quote above (although I can't seem to find who said it). I've had it in my quote book for years now and although its taken on different meanings for me, it is still oh so true.

Friday, June 26, 2009

An Affordable Dream?

How sweet is this little cabin? It is small but so cute - purchased for only $500 and relocated to Wisconsin. You can read the entire article and see more pictures right here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farewell MJ

I just couldn't let it pass without saying something. Around the time of this picture I thought he was about the coolest thing on the planet - I am only a little sorry to say that I actually had my own sparkly glove. I hope he finally finds some peace...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ruffle Cakes

These cakes were all made by Nikole from forty-sixth at grace - I would very much like one of my own. Although my first inclination is that they are too pretty to eat, I am sure I could overcome that emotion quite quickly. But, can I just bake a cake for no real reason? If I do, I have to have someone to share it with because I am entirely capable of eventually eating the whole thing myself. Anyone want to come over for a ruffle cake?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Books by Color

This definitely wouldn't do much in terms of locating a specific book (unless you can remember what color it is) but I do love the results. What do you think - would you ever color coordinate your bookshelves?

{Image Sources: Chodta, Adobe Books via Superhero Journal, HGTV}

Thursday, June 18, 2009


{Picture by me, quote by Ernest Hemingway}

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Framed Books

Have you seen Jill Roberson’s house over at Design*Sponge? I am pretty much obsessed with the entire thing. The library ladder in the bathroom, the tile mosaics, the molding, the hallway of mirrors...makes my head spin. What I keep thinking about the most though (probably because they are the most realistic for our space) are the framed books pictured above.

I love books. I am a little territorial about my books. There are some that I've had since I was a child that have been read so many times they are starting to fall apart. I don't actually put them out on our bookshelves because I am always worried that if they are borrowed, they won't come back to me. Is that weird? Probably. So now I am seriously thinking about framing them...its really the perfect solution.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Favorite Blog

Jim Franco only started his blog last month, but I am already very much in love with it. His photography is stunning and I wish I had the skills to style shots the way he does. Beautiful pictures of both food and flowers - what's not to like?
{All images courtesy of Jim Franco via Jimsees}

Monday, June 15, 2009


My apologies for the unplanned blogging hiatus - please accept this wonderfully inspirational quote from d.Sharp as my apology. I am back from the most relaxing vacation with some of my very favorite people, and we all know how hard it is to get back in the swing of things after almost a week of decompressing. But there are good things to come in the next few days and I promise to get back in the swing of things.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Spanish Tortilla

I can't take any credit for this one - Brad found it in a past issue of Martha Stewart Food Magazine and created what you see above. It isn't very hard to make but using a cast iron skillet is definitely your best option (if you don't have one, you should - we use ours all the time). We've eaten it both for breakfast and dinner and I can assure you that if you eat it for breakfast you likely won't need any lunch. Its spicy but extremely tasty! You can find the entire recipe right here.

Oh, Peonies...

How I love thee. I bought some a couple of weeks ago and now I miss them. I still haven't transferred the pictures of them off my camera so for now, I'll stare at these {found via HomeShoppingSpy}

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bread Cheese

We went to our local farmers market this weekend, and even though we've been there several times before I've somehow missed Brunkow's baked cheese. Have you ever had this stuff?? It comes in the brick that you see above, which you heat up and then serve. The man at the booth told me its good on a variety of crackers, with syrup (not so sure about that) or on its own. I am currently of the mindset that it would be sacrilegious to taint it with measly crackers.

I found an article about it here (which is where I found the picture) and their website is here. Apparently it can be found at some Whole Foods and at the farmers market it was available in three flavors - regular, garlic and jalapeno. I tried them all and bought the garlic, but they were each equally fabulous. You should strongly consider stopping whatever it is you're doing right now and running out to find yourself some. Really.