Things you can do while making Risotto:


Calf raises

One-armed bicep curls

Post a photo of your epic wine opening fail on Facebook

Check Twitter


Check for comments on Facebook photo

Drink wine

Call your parents


Open the fridge with your foot (depending on the layout of your kitchen, of course)

Sing along (really loudly) to Taylor Swift

Decide which movie you want to watch for the 820459th time – You’ve Got Mail or Friends with Benefits

Create a movie in your head that stars Tom Hanks AND Justin Timberlake. What?!


Cry because your arm hurts. And maybe because you can’t open wine bottles like an adult.

Stir, you big baby

Things you can’t do while making Risotto:

Not stir

Go to the bathroom

Do dishes

Stop stirring

Answer the door

Walk away

Stop stirring. Ever.

Risotto (serves one, but can be easily multiplied!)

Quarter of an onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 t olive oil

1/4 t ground cumin

1/8 t dried oregano

1/4 t red pepper flakes (optional)

1/4 cup arborio rice

1/2 cup white wine, divided

~ 1 cup chicken stock

Saute the chopped onion in the olive oil over medium high heat for a few minutes, just until they soften. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds more. Add spices and stir. Let cook for one more minute, and then add dry rice to pot.

(Get your arm ready, this is where all the stirring starts).

Stir the rice around for a little over a minute, just until you start to smell the rice get a little toasty – it should turn a little translucent, but not at all brown. Add 1/4 cup of white wine and stir until it evaporates / the rice absorbs it up. Add about 1/8 cup of stock and stir continuously until all the liquid is absorbed. Add another 1/8 cup of stock and stir, stir, stir!

It will take about a cup of liquid to completely cook the rice, but taste it to make sure it’s good to go. When it gets to the point where the rice is cooked and holds up add the last 1/4 cup of wine and stir until that’s absorbed. Scoop into a bowl and top with whatever floats your boat – steak, shrimp, mushrooms (if that’s your thing), corn, etc. I had mine with leftover chicken from the Chipotle bowls and roasted red peppers.

Fact: I drink wine out of coffee mugs.

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