anniversary dinner

4 comments
grilling

Last thursday marked 2 years in the history of Mr.S and me. To celebrate, we decided to cook together, with each of us making a seperate part of the meal. He grilled up 2 cuts of skirt steak from Whole Foods. Unfortunately, grilling in the dark is no easy task, and as it happened, one of the steaks met its end when it dropped into a pile of grass and dirt. Alas, not all was lost. The remaining piece was enough for us to share, beautifully char-grilled on the outside with a pink, juicy center.


And as I am going through my Italian grandmother phase, decided to make risotto. I had gone to Ceriello’s earlier in the day and got this beautiful piece of pancetta.


And yes, I am a bit of a knife snob. I was given my first 2 Global knives for christmas by Mr. S and I swear I cannot and will not use anything else. The design is just amazing. So badass. And the weight of the steel allows for effortless dicing and slicing. So I guess then this picture is nothing more than a shameless attempt at showing off my prized kitchen baby.

REWIND! to the risotto. I sauteed some cubed pancetta with diced shallot and onion, added the arborio rice and stirred until the rice turned transluscent. Deglazed the pan with dry white wine until that was absorbed. At this point, be prepared to carefully monitor the risotto, as constant stirring is necessary. I added hot chicken broth 1/2 cup at a time to the rice, stirred, and cooked until that was absorbed. After about 20 minutes, and a fantastic arm workout, what I had was a potful of sticky goodness; the rice had released much of its starches and bound each grain together. I stirred in fresh sweet peas, grated Parm, salt, pepper, and a pat of butter.

Risotto is a real comfort food, both cheesy and creamy. It’s a great vehicle for seasonal vegetables as stir-ins; I love porcini mushroom, butternut squash, asparagus, sweet peas, anything you have on hand that’s earthy and sweet. Dinner was delicious, though we ran into a few glitches. Mr.S made a sweet balsamic reduction for the steak, which burned, so we just put a few drops of balsamic on the steak to give it a nice acidity. His reduction is one of my favorite pairings with steak, very simple, 1/3 cup balsamic vinager to 1 Tbsp of sugar and reduce over low heat. You can probably add in some fresh herbs of your choice, rosemary, thyme, or basil.


Here’s to many more meals prepared and shared together…

4 thoughts on “anniversary dinner”

  1. Anonymous says:

    < HREF="http://www.taipeilady.com/" REL="nofollow" TITLE="酒店">酒店<> ,< HREF="http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!BIBoU5SeBRs21nb_ajFpncbTqXds/" REL="nofollow" TITLE="酒店經紀">酒店經紀<> ,< HREF="http://www.mashow.org/" REL="nofollow" TITLE="酒店公關">酒店公關<> ,< HREF="http://blog.xuite.net/jkl338801/blog/" REL="nofollow" TITLE="酒店兼職">酒店兼職<>,< HREF="http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!qZ9n..6QEhhc0LkItOBm/" REL="nofollow" TITLE="酒店小姐">酒店小姐<>, < HREF="http://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/news/thomsan/3/1310065116/20080905040949/" REL="nofollow" TITLE="酒店上班">酒店上班<>,< HREF="http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!rybqykeeER6TH3AKz1HQ5grm/" REL="nofollow" TITLE="酒店喝酒">酒店喝酒<>,< HREF="http://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/news/jkl338801/" REL="nofollow" TITLE="酒店工作">酒店工作<>

  2. You are currently spoilt for choice Polo Shirts On Sale with the selection of current star names to get put on the back of the polo ralph lauren, with such playres as Maldini, Toni, Di Rossi, Iaquinta, Pirlo, and Canavarro to name just a

    few cheappolos. And three are othre rising stars who might take your fancy burbrery polos, like Rossi, Balotelli, Pazzini and Aquilani. Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts are all going to be names that

    you’ll hear a lot more Burbrery Polo Shirts of in the future I’m sure.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I like your blog . They are really great. Ermunterung ++ .please pay a return visit to my blog http://iblog99.blogsome.com/ .thank you .

    some new style Air shoes is in fashion this year.Do you know Air Shoes is a best . another kinds of nike air rift is better . the Puma basket will make you feel very relaxed when you play basketball.
    If you want to buy the Cheap puma shoes shoes ,you can buy them online. Very high-caliber and cheap puma shoes as same as you buy from the authorized store.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s