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Going Out of My Comfort Zone & Calories Don’t Count Over a Holiday Weekend

Let me just put it out there right up front.  I am not a cook.  The best thing I make is reservations!  Seriously.  I didn’t even know how to boil water until college and my best friends in college can attest to us eating a lot of frozen yogurt as dinner (when we were eating plain boiled white rice)

When I got married, my husband sent me to Institute for Culinary Education (ICE) for a few classes.  I can’t exactly say they were “fun” but they were an experience for me—one I desperately needed.  My parents and my younger sister were all blessed with the cooking gene so I never had to try.  I preferred to enjoy eating their delicious creations.

Now as a wife and mother, I do have to step it up a notch and occasionally feed my family a home-cooked meal.  My husband jokes that our toddler is always going to associated “Dinner’s served” with let’s go down to the lobby and pick up tonight’s take-out from the Seamless delivery man.  Ouch!

Sometimes I do get into a cooking spurt.  It usually starts when I discover an interesting recipe and IF it comes out good, then my confidence is boosted and I am eager to make some other dishes.

The weather this week has been dreary, wet and gross.  Ian and I had been stuck in the house way too much.  It was good “comfort food” weather and I felt somewhat obligated to make my family a rich, hearty homemade meal, especially when I saw a tweet for Heather Christo’s Red Wine Risotto with Bacon + Onions.

I’ve previously made risotto a few times but with underwhelming success.  The champagne risotto I did was a big disappointed.  Honestly, I would have preferred to just drink the bottle of bubbly!  When the sun broke through, I dragged Ian to the supermarket.  (Yes, unlike Heather Christo who used scraps in her fridge, I needed to purchase almost all of the ingredients)  We needed something to do anyway.  My husband was excited that I was cooking him dinner.

When he got home from work, the house had a wonderful aroma.  Have you been privileged to smell Chianti simmering on a stove top?  It should be made into perfume–that’s how wonderful it smells!  I also love the color the risotto turned.  (Unfortunately I did not take any photos—the only hat I wore that night was my chef’s cap)

Here is the recipe for Heather Christo’s scrumptuous Red Wine Risotto With Bacon & Onions, along with step-by-step photos.

I will note that I was unclear which amount of red wine Heather was referring to in step 6.  I poured the rest of the bottle of Chianti I was using but think I was supposed to use the red wine and chicken stock mixture because I had plenty of that left in the saucepan when I was done cooking the risotto.  Plus, it would have been nice to have some left over wine to drink with our meal.

Aside from the constantly stirring (which is the secret to making risotto) I found the recipe super easy to make.  I did cheat and used pre-cooked bacon.

The only disappointment was that my son refused to even taste it so I had to come up with an alternative meal for him (Grrrrr!  So much for a home-cooked family dinner)  Also, my husband and I enjoyed it so much that there wasn’t any leftovers.  The recipe is for 6 but I served this not as a side but as our entire meal.

While I’m on the subject of cooking and food, I need to make you aware of these sweet treats for your Memorial Day Bash.  It seriously makes me want to have a barbecue just to serve these!  I am now following @pardonmycrumbs and @LifesABatchNic and can’t wait to see what creations they dream up next!

Here’s another great idea that even I can do.  It’s perfect if you don’t wantt o show up empty handed.  Remember it for July 4th too!

Simply wash fresh strawberries, then dry them completely. Next, dip about 2/3 of the strawberry into melted white chocolate. Before the chocolate hardens, dip 1/3 of the chocolate-dipped strawberry into blue decorating sugar. Now you’ve got a patriotic strawberry!

Wishing everyone a relaxing, fun and delicious Memorial Day Weekend with their friends and family!  I’m going to take the long weekend off mostly because none of us should be on our computers the next 3 days!  This year needs to slooooooooooooooow down.  It’s gone way to fast.  I want to enjoy every moment of summer.

Seamless, as Promised

My husband and I used to bicker NOT over what was for dinner, who was setting the table, or who was getting left with the dishes, but rather simply who was going to get stuck ordering in the meal. Yuck. No matter how hungry I am or what I’m craving, this chore can easily make me lose my appetite.

Let’s be honest:  the whole process stinks.  Almost as much as cooking.  (I’m being very candid!)  I don’t mean to stereotype, but the person taking the order generally can’t speak or understand English well.  So you are forced to repeat yourself several times, as well as being put on hold and then having to start all over. Then there’s the whole dilemma of getting the credit card information correctly.  And don’t even get me started on providing my unique address which they generally respond as not being in their coverage area when in fact it most certainly is.

I am seriously in debt to a dear friend who recently turned us on to Seamless, a website for ordering delivery and takeout food, formerly known as SeamlessWeb.

It doesn’t get much more civilized than this.  After inputting your order online, you receive an email confirmation and a heads up on how long it should take until your order will be delivered.  The delivery person shows up to your home with a bag containing your food.  There’s no need to fumble with your wallet or hand him your credit card.  Nor do you don’t have to try to figure out how much to tip him.  All you have to do is take your bag.  The only thing that could make this an even better, more pleasant experience is if I was handed a zero-calorie, guilt-free, outrageously delicious brownie sundae for dessert. That would definitely be the cherry on top. (Getting working on that upgrade, folks!)

Last September, Seamless acquired MenuPages, expanding its reach beyond food ordering to become the resource for food and restaurant content, including menus, ratings, contact information, and reviews. As a result of the acquisition, Seamless now has a database of more than 40,000 restaurant partners and menus, and expands Seamless content and ordering capabilities to more than 50 cities worldwide. MenuPages’ also offers a proprietary menu transcription and updating tool that allows menus and restaurant information to be updated efficiently. Together, the brands’ online properties draw 1.5 million unique visitors per month.

So this friend should know who she is and how dear she is to my family and I.  She has done countless stuff for me, including watching my son, offering an open ear, sometimes a shoulder to cry on,  being a writing buddy, a wonderful person to share a laugh with. I definitely owe her a meal of her choice at any restaurant who participates with Seamless.  Thanks again, dear friend!

To all my other friends who haven’t used Seamless yet, “Try it, you’re gonna like it.”

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