With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 6/12/11 - 6/19/11

Saturday, June 18, 2011

An Engagement and A Recipe

I speak often about my dear niece, Toni and what a sweetheart she is.
She met her Prince and they are planing a wedding.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Easy Parmesan Risotto

I love this Ina recipe ~ easy and tasty.
One of the reasons I love her.
Barefoot Contessa
how easy is that?
excerpt from Ina's book:
While not technically a classic Italian risotto, this sure is easy. I found the process for this recipe in a book by Donna Hay, the wonderful cookbook writer from Australia. I make it with my homemade chicken stock, lots of freshly grated Parmesan, and frozen peas. Risotto in the oven? You have to make this to believe it!
Easy Parmesan "Risotto"
·         1.5 cups Arborio rice
·         5 cups simmering chicken stock, preferably homemade, divided
·         1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
·         1/2 cup dry white wine
·         3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
·         2 teaspoons kosher salt
·         1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·         1 cup frozen peas
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the rice and 4 cups of the chicken stock in a Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset.
Cover and bake for 45 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente.
Remove from the oven, add the remaining cup of chicken stock, the Parmesan, wine, butter, salt and pepper, and stir vigorously for two to three minutes, until the rice is thick and creamy.
Add the peas and stir until heated through. Serve hot.
Serving Size Serves four to six 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Barn Swallows

My photos are totally blurred and out of focus but still a thrill to see this pair of barn swallows swoop and swirl on the front porch early one morning.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


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