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Everyone in my house LOVES risotto. My mom got us hooked last year when she whipped together the most kick-ass risotto dish I’ve ever had (to this day.) My mom doesn’t follow recipes and doesn’t write down what she does, she’s just a talented cook who throws together what she has sitting in the fridge and somehow manages to turn it into a masterpiece every single time. The woman needs to get herself onto a cooking show. She’s serious.

Anyway, I’ve tried a million different variations of risotto recipes and never come close to what she made. FINALLY, tonight, I think I got close. I will never say that mine is as good because that would just be a total lie. But, I wrote mine down, so you all can feel free to try it out. Let me know if you used any variations that made it come out better!

Risotto can be a pain because you literally can not step away from. In  the second you decide to take a bathroom break, everything goes to shit and your rice is literally burnt to the bottom of the pan. So, prepare to spend a god 30-40 minutes in front of the stove.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Cups of your favorite type of risotto rice. I personally like Arborio and buy it in bulk.
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus, trimmed
  • Frozen Peas
  • 4 Tablespoons of EVOO
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cup of White Wine (I like sweet)
  • 6 Cups of hot Chicken Stock – you can substitute with vegetable stock, but I’m not a fan of the taste
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

What to do:

  • Heat up 2 tablespoons of EVOO in a large skillet. Trim off ends of Asparagus and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  • Cook Asparagus on medium heat in skillet until bright green in color
  • Cook frozen peas according to directions and add into skillet with asparagus.
  • Set vegetables aside.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, heat up remaining EVOO and cook chopped onion until translucent.
  • Add in 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
  • Stir in rice, 1/2 a cup at a time, making sure to mix into olive oil mixture well
  • Cook rice until translucent on medium heat
  • Add in chicken stock, one ladle at a time allowing rice to soak up.
  • Stir continuously.
  • Turn up heat until liquid bubbles, adding in white wine.
  • Cook about 20 minutes or until liquid is mostly absorbed and rich is creamy in consistency.
  • Stir in vegetable mixture.
  • Cook about 2 minutes and add in basil and chives
  • Stir in Parmesan Cheese
  • Add salt and pepper to taste

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I love eggs. Scrambled eggs aren’t particularly my favorite type of egg, but when you’re cooking for more than one person, they are definitely among the easiest type to make. I tend to overload everything with cheese, but being a little more health conscious made me back off. I found out that if I add about 1/2 the amount of cheese that I normally do, the eggs are actually much better. BUT, they do lack moistness because Jim needs his eggs to be borderline burnt. So, I’ve been trying to come up with different solutions and WALA! I found one.

scrambled egg recipesAdding just a spoonful of sour cream makes even the DRIEST eggs moist. It’s amazing, it adds flavor and literally lets eggs melt in your mouth. If I don’t have sour cream in the fridge I go with the same amount of cream cheese..works just as well. Check out the easy recipe below!

What you’ll need:

  • 6 Full Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Mozzarella (or your choice) shredded cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to Tast
  • Crushed Red Pepper to Taste
  • Siriracha – optional

On Medium heat, warm 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil in medium sized pan. Break eggs to use 2 whole eggs (with yoke) and 4 egg whites. Mix in 1 Tablespoon Light Sour Cream and 1/4 cup cheese. Whip. The sour cream tends to clump so make sure to whip this well. Add salt & pepper and crushed red pepper. Pour mixture into pan.

Scrambled EggsMake sure to move the eggs around the pan often so they do not stick. Break up the eggs as you go (SCRAMBLE!!). I tend to turn the heat to low so that they cook slower. Cook until they reach your temperature of choice. *Don’t eat them raw…* (that’s my disclaimer)

Use a paper plate so you don’t have to clean up after you enjoy. Add some Siriracha or your hot sauce of choice…ENJOY!!!

Hot Eggs!

Christopher has had no interest in sleep lately. We have had ONE full nights sleep in about 3 months. ONE. He refuses to go to sleep, so he ends up not falling asleep until around 10pm. He wakes up around 2am, 5am, and finally at 7am. I feel like I have a newborn again. Anyway, we’ve been trying to think of things to get him tired enough to sleep. We’ve tried, swimming, Hoffman’s Playland, long walks, etc. But, nothing will take him down! He definitely is stubborn like him mother…

So, after speaking with the Doctor about the night terrors that we think he’s been having, we found out this is a completely normal phase. And, as my mother likes to put it…”This to shall pass.” In the meantime, we have to think of things to do at 5am when he won’t go back to sleep. Something safe for mom and dad who are still in a sleep fog. This morning’s activity? CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS! They look enough like a cupcake for Christopher to be excited about eating them, but they don’t have quite as much sugar (or frosting).

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6am Muffin Time!

Some tips for making the perfect chocolate chip muffins?

1.) Put all of your liquids into the bowl first. Make sure those are stirred, almost to a foam like texture, and then put your dry ingredients in. It cuts your stirring time IN HALF.

2.) Try using yogurt to make the muffins a little more moist – yes, this even works when using a box recipe.

3.) Let your child put the cups into the muffin pan. It can keep them occupied for AT LEAST a half hour.

Enjoy your 6am muffins!!

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Brianne and I went to The LLS’s Man and Woman of the Year Event where they raised almost 400k! HOLY MOLY. Keep in mind the candidates have only 8 weeks to raise the money. So impressive (and just down right amazing). Anyway, just wanted to share our kick ass outfits. I got called a walking disco ball. MISSION. ACCOMPLISHED. (and yes, it’s totally possible the girl was making fun of me but I’m still calling it a successful night.)

Albany DressesYou can find the dress here: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod109390005&ecid=NMCIGoogleBaseFeed&003=5840816&010=T2TH7&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=T2TH7

So, Bristol Palin became a pregnant teen during her mom’s campaign. Somehow this made her quasi famous. She vowed to become a FABULOUS mother despite the odds being against her (not really when you come from money) and now she looks like she got a crap-load of plastic surgery? Apparently diapers, milk and childcare cost less than I thought. That, or mommy came through with some special moola. Whatever the case, here is the final product.

I used to think that this could be answered simply. Who doesn’t think that most things can be answered simply at the age of 19, when all of your worries come down to what outfit you’re going to wear and what your drink (or boy) of choice will be that night?

As we get older, it gets more complicated. What once fulfilled us during our teenage years or even early 20s, is replaced by real feelings; Love, tragedy, pain, emptiness, loneliness, happiness, boredom, curiosity, anger…I could go on for hours. I’m not saying that you don’t feel any of these when you’re younger, the stakes just get higher as we age. We have less time and all of us can hear that clock ticking.

There are two types of people. The first is that who is content. Status quo is a great thing for this person. The middle of the road is comfortable. This person may think that they want more (we all do) but they aren’t willing to go out and get more. The reality is, going out to get the things that you DESIRE is difficult. People who are content don’t want to face difficult. The more difficult something is, the more danger it presents and the less chance that things will stay status quo. Scary steps outside of the norm. It removes a person from their comfort zone and pushes boundaries. Content people don’t push boundaries. The second type of person does though.

This second type of person will always want more. They aren’t OK with status quo. In fact, they HATE status quo. It’s boring, unappealing, and presents little to no opportunity. The person who wants more fights for more. They are ok with getting a little bloody. Their battle wounds show where they’ve been. Scars are their reminders of how they’ve gotten to where they are. Because, let’s face it. Anyone who has accomplished anything has a scar, scab, bump or bruise here or there.

The second type of person is passionate. They aren’t alive…they LIVE. They take advantage of the situation without being pushed. They realize that their time here is short and they utilize every tool they were given. When they run out of those tools, they create new ones. They always fight for more. Laziness isn’t an option, it’s a disease. They don’t realize that they won’t ever be the best, because they will die trying to be the best…that THEY can be. Sometimes it hurts to be this second type of person. But, the hurt is worth it.

What type of person are you? 

America!

Ding Dong.