So, tonight, in keeping with the policy of serving guests things one has made many times and are sure crowd pleasers I served my guests all foods I had not cooked before save one–asparagus.
Our grocer had some lovely chicken breasts stuffed with muenster cheese and asparagus on sale when I was there on Wednesday so I picked some up. I had never had them before but they were tasty!
With this main course that I had never made before and had no idea if it would be good or not I served asparagus and risotto.
I have never made a risotto before. I will again. Although my recipe made enough for about 20 people so we have *plenty* of leftovers. It was like rice alfredo. Honestly, simply fantastic and other then lots of stirring fairly simple.
Onions and garlic sauteed in butter and olive oil. Add in the risotto. Cook a little while. Start adding chicken broth. Stir and stir. When the rice is creamy and cooked through add cream, fresh cracked pepper, a little nutmeg (my addition to the recipe!), and parmesan cheese. Wow. The recipe actually came from Pioneer Woman —————->
She can be found over there. Search her site for risotto and you get like 5 different recipes. This is her recipe for just regular risotto.
My guest groaned and one point and said, “This is like restaurant food.” 😀 😀 😀 Yeah. That’s nice.
For dessert Mr. T. helped me make Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake into cupcakes. Then, I’m a sucker for her, I tell ya, I made the “best vanilla frosting” from her site. Um.
OH HECK YEAH!
I was skeptical and honestly, my flour/milk batch had clumping issues so I tossed it into my mixer and whirred it until it was cool…I figured that would help the clumps (I’m fortunate that it did!). I added the sugar while it whirred figuring dissolving the sugar crystals would make a smooth frosting rather than a grainy one. Plus I thought it would help the flour/milk mixture cool faster by increasing the volume. Once it was cool I threw in chunks of butter. I probably used more like 1 1/2 cups and the recipe only called for 1 cup but I don’t have sticks of butter and I didn’t feel like weighing it. 🙂
It was delicious. Mr. T. “If there was frosting before the fall of man in Eden, it might have been almost the good.” 😀 He liked the cupcakes too.
In 2WW news I’m pretty sure I’m going to start on Monday. But that’s okay. A New Year’s baby would be fine. We had originally thought we might skip this next cycle so as to avoid a Christmas baby but since this cycle was a tad longer than they have been and so was the previous one we are now looking at being clear of Christmas. My acupuncturist had prescribed (is that the right word…she isn’t a doctor but she ordered meds and said, “Take these. Here’s how. Now pay.”) some pills to decrease phlegm. They smell AWFUL. Worse than awful. Like awful that has been sitting around for weeks in an unrefridgerated space just festering and rotting away. I’m to take them on CD9-17 or so. Traditional chinese medicine has been helpful so far so why not? It’s just *8* pills THREE times a day right! 😀 That’s only 192 pills in 8 days…yikes…
BFF finds out whether she is having a pony or a race car this week. That’s exciting. I think everyone I know is pregnant right now. Which is cool. I’ve never been in this situation before. As I have discussed here before Mr. T. and I have a rather large percentage of friends who are child free by choice. Like for awhile BFF and her hubs were the only friends who hoped to be breeders that we had. Crazy. I guess like attracts like, right?
Tomorrow I’m BBQing up some baby back ribs. Shut yo mouth good.
Oh, and I’m so glad that the House of Representatives has decided to FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION. They will not be using the “deem” rule. Thank goodness. I was trying to figure out what I could run to. I mean if the law means nothing where are we as a society.
I’m not saying I’m okay with what is going to happen. I do believe the Dems will get the healthcare bill passed but at least it will be on a legitimate vote. I’ve written my representative. If he votes for it, that’s okay, I will replace him.
Voting for this bill is like adding another whole in the bottom of the bathtub that is our economy. We have to stem the flow. Those who argue that this bill will help plug existing holes clearly don’t have a grasp of the mathematics involved. CBO only score the first 10 years. I wonder how medicaid and welfare scored for their first 10 years? Probably not the tidal wave they are now. New entitlements only grow. But that is part of the plan. If everyone is dependent on the government then they have the power.
Can you imagine going to the DMV for heart surgery?
If you are for this bill I challenge you to find *1* family practioner/PCP who is for this bill. Since this will drastically effect their lives and there are roomers that 1/3 have said they will retire if this passes…I think it is a fair position. Without regular doctors our healthcare system will fail.
Also, I imagine that my tax burden is going to increase exponentially. I mean, everyone’s taxes will so I don’t mean to be egocentric with that statement. I also wonder how this will effect my income. My state owes me around $20,000 in unpaid medicaid claims that I don’t expect to ever see a dime of. Luckily, I have other contracts but none of that is tax deductible for me. I just have to eat it. If my state is willing to screw me over like that…imagine how much more the beauracrats in Washington will! 😀
Anyway, sorry to digress. We also watched The Pacific tonight and Survivors. I could recommend both. Um, and it is Survivor*S* on the BBC not the stupid island show. The risotto was awesome!