December 24, 2007

A day with my boys, and Shrimp Risotto

This week, my oldest has Winter break from school, so my Husband and I are taking a few days off to spend time with both boys. With the weather here in NJ being so strange the past month or so you can't plan on anything in advance. We have had 2 snow storms so far and it's been really cold for December. Since I moved here 11 years ago, snow before January is a bit odd since we usually have our coldest time in January and February. Anyway, it's a bit mild today - in the 40's, so I wanted to get the boys outside to play or something. Leave it to my almost 6 year old to suggest a bike ride. Truth be told, I am not a fan of the cold weather (ask anyone who has known me for more than a day and they'll tell you the same!), so a bike ride was not on my top 10 list for today. Never-the-less, I bundled up my boys and joined them for a ride around our neighborhood. In spite of still feeling a bit chilled after being home, it was a good idea and we all felt pretty good when we got home.

On tap for dinner tonight is Shrimp Risotto which I will be making in the Pressure Cooker. When my friend introduced me to this type of cooking, the meal she made was Pancetta and Spinach Risotto - I immediately fell in LOVE! You can make risotto in 6 minutes (not including prep time) and there is no stirring involved. It turns out so creamy and wonderful, truly comfort food for these cold Winter days. I have made risotto in the traditional way, and honestly, it is too time-consuming for a Mom of 2 young boys to be tied to the kitchen stove stirring. I'll post the results of my latest Pressure Cooking experiment later today.

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