This evening I tried my hand at risotto, partly on a whim but mainly because I had most of the ingredients on hand. I followed this recipe from A Cup of Jo, using sliced parmesan instead of grated and rice wine instead of white. I also used 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms (adorable and tender when cooked) + 1 sliced portobello mushroom (weird and square and firmer). I hadn’t planned on it, but the two textures ended up complementing each other quite well.
The risotto filled up my whole saucepan, which I believe is 2 quarts. The dish is supposed to take 20-30min to cook, but mine took forever (~1h), probably because I didn’t know at what temperature to cook the rice. I think it was usually set on medium.
It was smelling kind of burnt near the end, so I didn’t let it the liquid evaporate all the way. Didn’t taste burnt though!
I finally baked something in my new apartment!
I followed this recipe from Eat. Live. Run. She calls them cheddar chive biscuits, which I think is kind of a misnomer because they don’t actually have chives. I used Trader Joe’s shredded tri-cheese blend instead of grated cheddar, because I had that. I also used only 1/3 the quantities listed in the recipe, because it didn’t include eggs so I can scale down if I want! (Bitch!) This resulted in five biscuits. See Exhibit A.
Exhibit A. The cheese is still gooey, which is awesome.
I baked these in my roommates’ toaster oven, which is the freaking best. I can bake 5 biscuits at the drop of a hat, instead of waiting for a huge oven to get up to temperature. Also, I don’t have to use a baking pan in a toaster oven! I can just place the dough on a piece of parchment paper and slide the whole thing in. Badabing badaboom.
I also made the chicken noodle soup, and it was/is good. (I’m literally drinking it right now and making a mess on my keyboard.) It’s basically like Amy’s recipe, except I boiled two drumsticks with a chopped onion for two hours, to make my chicken stock. Like Amy, I also texted/Snapchatted/Gchatted/emailed everyone I knew saying, “I made soup!!”
P.S. My brother sent me this. I think it’s so true.
I made chicken soup for the first time in my life. It tastes delicious, if I say so myself. I’ve had a string of disastrous attempts over the years so you can possibly imagine how happy this soup made me today. Honestly, I have been going around telling/texting everyone I know a picture of my soup with an “I made soup!” announcement.
Super simple and perfect for college students budget-wise. Also, great for sad and/or cold days.
Prep time: about 15-20 minutes for this untrained culinary failure
Cook time: 30m to 1hr