Corn & Sausage Risotto with Peach Salsa

October 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

E: And so to start off our next 100 posts, what could be more fitting than another risotto (we’ve got 4 already, but really, who’s counting)? Therefore, I present it to you, dear readers, a risotto that is distinctly not vegetarian: a southwest-style corn and sausage risotto with a peach salsa.

not bad, not bad

This was the product of one of those times, you know, the there’s-no-kind-of-food-in-the-house-at-all kind of times; the I’ve-got-no-idea-what-to-make kind of times; the all-I-found-in-the-freezer-was-this-chicken-sausage kind of times. Those times.

That sausage just had to get used for something, so I popped out to the store to buy some stuff that could go with it, and decided to make a risotto. Macheesmo had just made a peach salsa to go with some fish, so I shamelessly used the idea as a cold topping to go with the warm risotto. « Read the rest of this entry »

Southwest-Style Pizza

July 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

E: This is a pizza I’ve been waiting for months to try. It came to me one time when I was thinking about how just about anything food-wise could be put on pizza and would be tasty:  one of the wild ideas I thought anyone else might actually want to eat was a southwest-inspired pizza with taco-style toppings. It is pretty quick and easy (assuming you’ve got pizza dough lined up) and my goodness is it tasty. This was the best pizza we’d had in a while.

But before we start, some annoying news from my side. My Mac has died its second death now (the infamous 8600M graphics board failure) so I’ve got to get that to Apple and see if they will cover it (it is a pretty old machine now, but I can’t remember exactly when I bought it). For now I’m on my old XP machine, which takes some getting used to. My monitor here also isn’t calibrated as well, so if these pictures seem a bit off, it’s not you. I’ve also got the photos for one post (the one I was going to do instead of this one) stuck on that hard drive for the moment, so you are getting this post slightly early.

curious, unique, delicious

In any case, and all technical issues aside, let’s get working on some pizza.

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Cocoa-Chipotle Tacos

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

E: At this very moment, sitting here writing this, I am five days away from receiving my college diploma. And, truth be told, it is and isn’t exciting. I always sort of figured I would get here, and so it isn’t exciting in an “I made it!” kind of way (though it is a relief to have made it through this semester alive). But I’m ready to either have the chance to go back in time and do it all again, or to be done and move on. And I am certainly ready to do that. As much as I’d like to put this week in stasis, before everyone goes their separate ways for a while or for ever, I’m truly ready to have some free time to do the things I want to do with my life.

One of those things is most certainly to get better at cooking, which is a big part of why Joanna and I do this blog thing anyway, rather than just making tasty food and consuming it in obscurity. Photographing and publishing about food forces you to be more critical of things that you make, to try them again and attempt to get them just right (I still have some gingerbread photos from Thanksgiving that haven’t gone up because the result was just so unpalatable to me that I have to find a successful recipe to post beside it, or I will feel like I’ve failed in my duties). And it also gives you a sort of reward, beyond the immediate gustatory satisfaction of preparing an excellent meal:  you get to share it with friends and strangers alike. Successes and failures alike will endure.

I wish I'd had time to make my own tortillas

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