Been awhile hasn't it? Well, thought I'd rejoin the blogosphere by sharing how I heated up the kitchen Sunday night. I'm finding that when I get stressed I don't just eat, I cook. So Sunday night I took on a "Hell's Kitchen" regular for my first time - risotto.
First, let me say that our herb garden has been quite prolific this summer - despite the strange summer weather we are experiencing (will this rain ever stop???). So I'm finding myself with a whole lot of not just basil but also lemon basil and looking for ways to use it. Sunday night's menu was amended in various ways to accommodate that.
I used the lemon basil (rather than the called-for regular basil) along with our garden's rosemary and parsley with the chicken breasts. No shrimp in the risotto but I did keep the asparagus (yum!) and again, used our garden's parsley and substituted our lemon basil for the lemon zest in the recipe. Hubby was happy with it - I would give myself a B as I think it was still a little too al dente (I think "yes, Chef" would have come raging back at me with the pan). Next time, I probably will do one more round of broth and simmering...but, not bad for a first effort.
Dessert was bliss. Mint from our garden with blueberries we had picked up on Saturday at one of our favorite wineries (which is next to a blueberry farm). And as you've probably guessed by now, lemon basil went into the cream - delish!
Tonight - the vegetable garden is overflowing with spinach and lettuce, so salad night it is - grilled salmon on top.