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FFwD Dressy Pasta “Risotto”

AKA Fancy mac and cheese!   I enjoy risotto and was slightly disappointed when I read through the recipe to find out it’s everything but.  But man do I LOVE mac and cheese.  Like LOVE.  It is just the definition of comfort food.  This fancier version might now be my go to for mac and cheese.  I normally make a roux, dump some cream in, melt the cheese and add the pasta.  This was SO much easier.  Dorie calls for chicken stock – lucky for me I made chicken stock earlier in the day.  I had chicken parts in the freezer and was looking to free up some space.  It’s getting colder here at the beach thanks to snow storm Hercules, so homemade soup will be happening later this week.  The local fish market is having a HUGE sale on clams so I’m also thinking clam chowder is going to happen in the very near future.  The perks of living at the beach!

Back to that risotto … Onions, butter, chicken stock, pasta, cream, fresh grated parmesan and mascarpone.  MMM. Dorie.  It’s like you wrote this recipe just for me.  Taking one of my favorite things to eat, making it fancy AND it’s a one pot wonder.  Gah! I served mine up with some pork chops (thanks for the chops, Mom!) and greens.


This was a hit all around.  I will make this again that is for sure.  Check out what the other Doriesters are doing with their dressy pasta risotto here.

Now I will stay indoors all day.  It’s cold here!


So pretty!

Update — Beach snow photos! 🙂

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a call to summer – the hamburger

i decided to keep it somewhat easy today.  95% lean ground meat was the key to this hamburger.  made four patties (only cooked three!) on my stove top grill.  i sauteed left over red onion from the bucatini all’amatriciana for a topping along side with ketchup and mustard, of course.

to make things easier, i bought pre-made mac and cheese – ok, ok. while i like to make my own, this is WAY, WAY better than the boxed crap when you don’t want to stand over a stove.  try it for yourself.  you’ll thank me later.

i steamed some broccoli and voilá – summer dinner on a very rainy monday.

this made everyone a little bit happier today.

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