I made my first risotto!
My kitchen funk has been lasting for a few weeks now. I have not been inspired in the kitchen, and consequently most of what I have been cooking up has been lackluster. I decided the only way to get over this funk was to face it head on. So, I returned to a food that many fear to make: risotto. I have never had risotto before, and my first attempt at the dish a few weeks ago was Disastrous (with a capital D here). I ate hard, undercooked rice that night for dinner. (In my defense, people on Top Chef seem to have risotto problems too)
I decided I had to conquer this dish, not only because I have a full container of rice sitting in the pantry but also because I needed to assert myself as the master of my kitchen. This time my risotto was a success! It was creamy and perfectly cooked. Now that I’ve made a basic risotto, I think I am ready to experiment with some new flavor combinations. And I think my kitchen funk may finally be over- I just planned out my meals for the next week, and I am feeling excited to cook again!
Also, risotto may be a perfect dish for a Valentine’s celebration at home with your lover. But not me- I, as a single lady, am obligated to sit on the couch in my PJs eating chocolate, reading Kathy comics, and watching romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant. Happy Valentine’s Day!
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup dried arborio rice
1/4 cup white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken stock, simmering
3-4 ounces goat cheese, softened
Salt and pepper, to taste