Monthly Archives: January 2013

Meatless Monday

For the 4th week of Meatless Monday in 2013, I thought I’d try a new butternut squash recipe. This time I am going to try the dreaded risotto (anyone watch Top Chef???). I’ve never cooked with risotto before, but I love ordering it in restaurants. I bought a butternut squash from Trader Joe’s and thought I would give this Pioneer Woman recipe a try. I’m not so great at reading directions so I used 3 tablespoons of butter to cook the butternut squash and I missed the part about pre-heating the stock so there was a scramble for that. I also ran out of black pepper so had to substitute white pepper. It was quite the evening. The risotto turned out pretty well, but it was a bit dry when they were reheated as leftovers. Apparently Mario Batali recommends making balls with the leftovers.

*Apologies, photos for this post did not turn out so well. I need to start using our new fancy camera.

Butternut Squash Risotto


  • 1 Butternut Squash, Peeled, Seeded, And Diced.
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 whole Diced Onion
  • 2 cups Arborio Rice
  • 6 cups Vegetable
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Shavings (more For Serving)

Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add the butternut squash when the skillet is hot and the butter has melted. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and cook until the outside is brown. Put the squash on a plate and set aside.

Heat chicken broth in a saucepan over low heat and keep warm. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the large skillet and add onion. Cook until translucent and add in Arborio rice.  Add one cup of the broth into the skillet, once it gets soaked in add another cup. Continue adding the broth until the rice is soft but with a tiny bit of crunch left. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the Parmesan shavings, and add more when you serve! Enjoy!


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Life Lately

Well, four weeks into 2013 and I’ve already failed on my blog resolution! My budgeting resolution is failing (being a car owner is not always awesome), but I’ve kept to strong to meatless Monday! I had a great veggie burger at Blue Moon burger with a friend the other week, and had a dinner of yakisoba noodles the other Monday.

I was in Portland last week and over the weekend for work, and I got to partake in some delicious food carts and local beer. While traveling and visiting with friends is great, I’m so happy to be home. King County lifted the fire ban, so I already enjoyed a fire on a particularly chilly evening. The weather has warmed up a bit, which means the rain is back in Seattle. This calls for some delicious risotto tonight and tea. I’ll share the recipe with you as long as it turns out to be a success! Stay warm and enjoy your Wednesday!

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Chicken Noodle Stew

Whenever the weather turns cold I have huge aspirations of making lots of soup and slow cooker dinners. Obviously that never happens. We went to Costco the other night and bought a roasted chicken for dinner. I decided to use the leftover chicken meat and carcass to make a chicken soup for dinner the next day. Dan hates watery soup, so I tried to make it filled with lots of yummy things. I used less water than normal and used a whole bag of egg noodles. I only seasoned with salt and pepper because the chicken was already seasoned when we got it and I used the juices from the chicken to add to the taste. Also, I love to add some siracha to my soup. I love the little kick.

Chicken Noodle Stew


  • Whole Roasted Chicken
  • 1 Bunch of Celery
  • 2 Carrots (more if you would like, I hate cooked carrots)
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Water
  • 1lb Egg Noodles
  • Salt and Pepper

Chicken Mirepoix

Take the meat off the chicken carcass and set it aside, put the carcass in a pot. Slice the celery and carrots, then dice the onion and put them in the pot. Add the garlic cloves and bay leaves to the pot. Add enough water to the pot so it is barely covering the top of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then let it simmer for 45 minutes.  Add back in the chicken meat and the bag of egg noodles. Salt and pepper to taste. Keep cooking until the noodles are cooked. Dish up and enjoy!

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Meatless Monday

Happy Meatless Monday! For the first meatless Monday of 2013 I thought I’d compile all of my vegetarian recipes.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese

Swiss Chard with lemon dressing

Vegan tacos and guacamole

Green lentil curry and roti

Aloo Gobi

Vegan Irish stew and soda bread

Vegan black bean soup and wheat bread

Butternut squash and mushroom orzo

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year surrounded by loved ones. We decided last minute to drive down to San Francisco to visit Dan’s family the Sunday before Christmas. We had a great week visiting and eating our way through the city. Dan’s brother-in-law’s family has a great tradition of oysters and crab on Christmas Eve and we happily obliged. On Christmas Day I attempted my first apple pie and pumpkin pie from the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. On the day after Christmas Dan’s brother and sisters took us into the city to check out the Ferry Building, eat at Hog Island Oysters, and take pictures/drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. Can you believe I’ve actually never been there? Thursday we ate at Dan’s brother-in-laws amazing restaurant, Postino in Lafayette. Saturday we visited Dan’s uncle at Anchor Brewing and had a great lunch at Nopalito right next to Lincoln Park. On Sunday we did the long drive back from San Francisco to my parent’s house. We’re finally home and while it’s been great to be with family, it’s so nice to finally be home and be reunited with the cat. I’ve already been quite productive making butternut squash orzo, organizing the food cabinet and I’m on my way to make banana bread after I post.

As the new year rolls around I’ve decided to make some resolutions for myself. I’m hoping this blog will help me keep them!

  • Meatless Mondays – I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, but I found myself always forgetting about it. This year I’m going to try and consciously remember to abstain from eating meat on Mondays, both for my health and for the environment.
  • Put more effort into blogging- I’m sure by now you guys have noticed how up and down I am with blogging. I would like to keep blogging most consistently, at minimum twice a week. I don’t think I’ll always have a recipe, but maybe I’ll find something fun you guys will enjoy! Suggestions are welcome!
  • Try to save money and budget – Let’s be honest, I try this every year… But this year will be the  year! … Right???

Thank you guys for spending so much time with me on this blog! I truly appreciate each one of you and hope to stay in better contact this year! Here are a few pictures to let you guys know what I’ve been up to in the past few months. Happy 2013!!!

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Bloody Mary

Ugly sweaters for my birthday party

World’s best burrito

View from the condo in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Puerto Penasco

Clams that were caught that morning

Our Christmas tree

Dahlia Lounge Pumpkin Pie

Dahlia Lounge Apple Pie

Ferry Building

Oyster Wreath

Golden Gate Bridge

Burrata Plate at Postino

Anchor Brewing

Totopos con Chile at Nopalito

Cabinet organizing, I was too embarrassed to take a before picture

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