If I were to declare a “signature dish” for my husband and I, I would definitely say it’s risotto. It’s our favorite thing to make for a dinner party. It’s a basic recipe that we jazz up depending on what we’re in the mood for. It’s something we’re so comfortable making that it graces our dinner menu about once a month. We made a particularly good one this past weekend that I thought I would share.

You may think a risotto is intimidating to make but I assure you it is not. Yes, you need to stir quite often from the moment you begin, but it’s only about 25 minutes from start to finish and if you are mindful of when you’re adding the next round of liquid (not adding too soon or too late), your risotto will come out great, I promise!

We follow these basic measurements for making a risotto but then add varying veggies, protein, stock flavor, etc… depending on what we’re in the mood for. This night it was stewed tomatoes, asparagus, and chicken.

4 C chicken broth, low sodium
3 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 C Arborio rice
1/4 C dry white wine
1/4 C Parmesan cheese, grated

To start, pour stock into a saucepan and keep simmering on the stove. Then, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a heavy bottom saute pan or dutch oven. Saute the onion and garlic clove. Add the rice and stir quickly until it is well-coated with the oil and opaque, about 1 minute. Stir in wine and cook until nearly evaporated (if you are adding stewed tomatoes like we did, add them now so the tomato juice from the can is absorbed by the rice).

Now, with a ladle or measuring cup add 1 cup of the warm broth and cook, stirring, until the rice has absorbed the liquid. Add the remaining broth, 1 cup at a time. Continue to cook and stir, allowing the rice to absorb each addition of broth before adding more. The risotto should be slightly firm and creamy, not mushy. Season with s&p. Add other veggies and protein at this point, or serve with veggies and protein on top of the risotto. We like to add the Parmesan cheese once the risotto is plated.


Monday Outfit

I am off Monday for President’s Day so I’ll be wearing something a little more casual as I run errands and take our baby out for a little lunch. Have a great week!

J Crew knit top
$62 – jcrew.com

Miss Selfridge foil t shirt
$44 – missselfridge.com

Citizens of Humanity pocket jeans
$176 – bloomingdales.com

Tory Burch leather shoes
$195 – saksfifthavenue.com

J Crew j crew jewelry
$95 – jcrew.com

J Crew 14k jewelry
$28 – jcrew.com

DVF for GapKids

A match made in adorable Heaven – little girls wearing classic DVF wrap dresses!

After almost a year of rumors and speculation, I was so excited to read in the March issue of InStyle magazine that the Diane von Furtsenberg collaboration with GapKids is confirmed! The line will be for babies and girls size 2 to 14 and will include adorably patterned dresses and shoes. I’ll have to buy a few dresses now to put away for our baby girl. I know when she’s 2 and she hears that she could have had a DVF wrap dress, she would be bummed if she missed her chance. =) The line launches March 15th, preview it here.

Garlic Bread Alternative

If you’re ever looking for a garlic bread alternative, this recipe is for you. The bite of the horseradish gives this bread a very unique taste. We served with a light soup and it was the perfect accompaniment.

Horseradish Chive Bread
from Martha Stewart Living magazine

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Coarse salt
1 large French bread loaf

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mash butter with horseradish and chopped chives until smooth. Season with salt. Slice bread, without cutting all the way through. Generously spread butter mixture evenly onto each piece, and wrap loaf in foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm.


Downton Abbey

Did you watch the special 2-hour Downton Abbey episode Sunday night? It was fantastic, per usual.

If you are like me and cannot get enough of this Edwardian soap opera then your prayers have been answered. Tour company Noteworthy Events is offering a Downtown Abbey Experience where for one day you will visit Highclere Castle, the filming location for the PBS Masterpiece Classic. You’ll get a tour of the property inside and out, drink tea with the owners – the eighth Earl & Countess of Carnarvon, eat a private lunch in the State Dining Room, and much more. All for a measly $12K, I’ll start saving now…

Domino Magazine

Remember Domino Magazine? A fantastic home decorating and style magazine for young, modern women. I loved subscribing so much that for Christmas in 2008 I got my sister a subscription.

Then, in January, 2009 they announced they were ending the magazine because of a lack of advertising…it was a sad day.

Well, they just announced last week that they will publish Domino Quick Fixes, a special edition of the magazine that will hit newsstands April 17th – can’t wait!

NYFW Fall, 2012 Collections

I haven’t had the spare time to pay too much attention to NYFW this year as it was happening this week until tonight, so I spent some time just now looking at videos of some of my favorite designers’ shows. Seems like for Fall, 2012 we’ll be seeing suit separates, a dark brown/red color they’re calling Oxblood, and crazy hats.

Just look at this hat from the Milly show:

I am very excited for J. Crew’s Fall, 2012 line – look at this sweater! The green is such a dynamic color.

And have you heard about the new collaboration between J. Crew and…wait for it…Manolo Blahnik! Can’t wait…here is a preview:

Will you buy a pair?!