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day 70: cooking it up/ creamy cheese risotto with grilled shrimp and asparagus (Nordstom’s knock off!)




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Project: day 70: cooking it up/ creamy cheese risotto with grilled shrimp and asparagus (Nordstom’s knock off!)
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2 (probably a 3, but I had Adam’s help 😉
• Would I do it again? yes, it was so decadent, rich, and light at the same time. The shrimp was a touch too spicy for our  3-year-old, Morgan, but for our 6-year-old, Hayden, she ate it all up right away!
• What I would do differently: we added a few drops of truffle oil to the whole dish at the end, as well as added white wine and  salted the risotto to taste 🙂
• Items used: recipe below from: http://katienorwood.blogspot.com/2011/01/nordstrom-knock-off.html

Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bunch asparagus, chopped into 1 inch segments
1 pound peeled & deveined shrimp
juice of one lemon
1 t. red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 T. chopped flat leaf parsley
1 c. uncooked Arborio rice
3-4 c. chicken stock
1 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
olive oil

Combine shrimp, 2 T. olive oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, garlic, parsley, and shrimp in a small bowl. Toss to combine and let marinate in fridge for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop onion and saute in a bit of olive oil over medium high heat.

Saute asparagus in a small pan with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes over medium high heat. Asparagus can cook while you get the risotto going, but it only needs to saute for 10 minutes or so. When it’s crisp-tender, just turn off the heat and reserve for later.

Once the onions are sauteed, add the Arborio rice and stir. Toast the rice with the onions on medium high heat for 2 minutes or so.
Then begin adding one cup of chicken stock at a time – just enough to cover the risotto. Continue to cook the risotto and broth at medium high heat. Stir frequently.
When most of the broth has been absorbed and the rice is looking “dry”, add more broth, one cup at a time. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to babysit the risotto and stir it every second. You just need to stir it every once in a while. You’ll be standing by the stove to cook the asparagus and shrimp anyway so you can stir it then.

Pull shrimp out of marinade and grill at high heat on a grill pan (or just a skillet would work as well). I like my shrimp crispy, so I let them cook a while and keep turning them to get brown bits.
After you’ve added all the broth and it’s been absorbed by your Arborio rice, it should have a somewhat thick, creamy consistency. The rice should be soft but still with a chewy bite. Remove from heat and add your Parmesan. Yum, yum.
It’s time to plate up your risotto! I like to serve mine in a pasta bowl. Mound the risotto in the bowl and top with asparagus and grilled shrimp. With this recipe, you won’t even want to go out to dinner.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 19: cooking it up: fall/winter Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup, SO good!





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  • Project: day 19: cooking it up: fall/winter Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup, SO good!
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
  • Would I do it again? most definitely, this soup will become one of our fall/winter staples, it was that good!
  • What I would do differently: we added avocado along with the sour cream and lime juice to top it off, why not, avocado is just so good!
  • Items used: (our changes made in blue)
  • Chicken, Black Bean and Cilantro Soup

    (Makes 6-8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.) (we double this since we took half of it to our friends who just had a baby, hope you liked it Lindsey!)

    1 small onion, diced small
    1 cup celery, diced small (use celery leaves too if available)
    2 tsp. olive oil
    1 T ground cumin
    1 T chile powder
    1 tsp. celery seed
    1 tsp. garlic powder or garlic puree (we used the powder)
    4 cups homemade chicken stock (or 2 cans chicken broth)
    1 can vegetable broth
    1 can petite diced tomatoes
    1 cup salsa (I used Pace Picante Sauce) (we used Costco’s Kirkland Organic)
    6-8 drops Green Tabasco Sauce or your favorite hot sauce (taste to see if you want this) (our favorite hot sauce is Cholula)
    1 or 2 cans black beans (not drained unless you choose to rinse the beans to reduce the amount of sodium) (we drained and rinsed the beans so we could control the salt level in the end, which we just added a pinch.)
    2 cups cooked chicken, cut in very small pieces (leftover rotisserie chicken is great for this) (since we double the recipe, we used a whole rotisserie, they save so much time!)
    1 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems (chop the stems very small), plus more for serving if desired
    3 T fresh lime juice
    cut limes, for serving (optional) (this part is crucial!)
    sour cream, for serving (optional)  (this part is crucial!)

    top with avocado!

    In a large heavy soup pot, saute onions and celery in olive oil 3-5 minutes, until soft but not browned. Add the ground cumin, chile powder, celery seed, and garlic and saute about 2 minutes more.

    Add the chicken stock, vegetable broth, tomatoes, and salsa, and simmer 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, taste for hotness and add green Tabasco if desired. Add black beans and chicken and simmer 15-20 minutes more. While the soup simmer, wash, dry and chop enough fresh cilantro to make 1 cup chopped cilantro. and squeeze enough limes to make 3 T juice.

    After 15-20 minutes, add the chopped cilantro and simmer 5 minutes, then add lime juice and cook 2-3 minutes more. Serve hot with fresh limes to squeeze into the soup, with sour cream and additional chopped cilantro to sprinkle on top if desired.

    To make a delicious vegetarian soup, use 3 cans vegetable broth and eliminate the chicken stock, and 3 cans black beans and eliminate the chicken.

until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂