Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Breakfast Risotto

Risotto for breakfast?  If you think it sounds strange, I'll admit that I agreed with you at first when I saw the original recipe on Bon Appetit's website.  And frankly, it didn't really scream "breakfast" to me at all.  Sure, it's got sausage, but I rarely make hot italian sausage to go with my eggs and toast.

It started making sense when I thought back to the breakfasts of my childhood.  I used to eat rice for breakfast then, but instead of parmesan and sausage, those rice bowls were mixed with milk, a pat of butter, and sugar.  I'll still recreate that breakfast from time to time - only now I use a bit less sugar and add in cinnamon and raisins.  It's delicious... but what about when I crave something savory (which admittedly for me is most of the time).

Monday, September 5, 2011

Greek-Inspired Cucumber & Tomato Salad

It was Memorial Day yesterday.  I swear it was.  Now it's Labor Day?  It's amazing how quickly this summer has flown by, and how many hello's and goodbye's (although actually most are only "goodbye-for-now") one season can hold.  This summer has been heavily weighted toward "bye-for-now":  My youngest brother joined the middle brother at Texas Tech this fall, while my parents have finally made the Dallas-area home after a lengthy transition from New Hampshire.  My father-in-law was given a wonderful job opportunity in Fairbanks, Alaska; and just last weekend, my mother-in-law successfully relocated to West Virginia to be nearer to family.  And my friend Tom and his lovely wife Tatiana have left Vermont for Ohio to advance their careers.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Roasted Chicken for September

It's been a heck of a week for Vermont.  With Tropical Storm Irene walloping the state on Sunday - particularly the towns in the southern and middle portions, like Waterbury, Windsor, and Mendon.  Living in Burlington, my husband and I were fortunate enough to have suffered little more than a power outage.  (We drove through most of Irene on our way back from West Virginia on Saturday and Sunday, but made it safely - and that's another story.)

It's been amazing seeing the communities rallying around the hardest hit areas and jumping to help neighbors.  From the donations pouring in from lesser-affected Vermonters to community-wide efforts to clean up and begin recovery, it seems as though the whole state is banding together to move forward.  I could assemble a list of all of the ways readers from Vermont and beyond can assist, but so many others have done a much more thorough job than I could do.  So, check out: