Friday, November 18, 2011

Incredibly Easy (and tasty) Risotto in 15 minutes!

Recently I was given the greatest gift! I've never even heard of it before, it's the Electric Multicooker from This is a great appliance for the kitchen. The browning function actually works to saute garlic & onion for this recipe. I'm still putting the appliance through its paces, but I've used the slow cooker to make BBQ chicken. The rice cooker worked well for this tasty risotto. It's creamy, cheesy and a perfect compliment for chicken and fish dishes.

I'm not sure how well the recipe will work in other cookers. This is the only rice cooker I have ever used, so experiment as instructed by your appliance. The instructions listed below are for the appliance shown here:
Creamy Gruyere and Parmesan Risotto
by 3-in-1 Electric Multicooker Recipe Book, but adapted by me
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup minced onion
1 1/2 cups Arborio Rice
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup grated Gruyere Cheese (4 oz)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the butter and oil in the cooker on the brown setting. When the butter has melted, add the garlic and onion. Saute until you can smell the garlic -- about 2 minutes. 

Stir in the rice to make sure it's coated thoroughly. Pour in the stock. Lock the lid in place and set to rice cook. 

Once rice cook cycle is complete release pressure but allow the risotto to rest on the warm cycle with the lid on for about 5 minutes. 

Open the lid, stir in the Gruyere and Parmesan. Let it rest for about 3 minutes.

Salt and pepper to taste, serve immediately.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Taco Soup

Big Batch Taco Soup
Here is my favorite recipe for taco soup. I really prefer the Old El Paso mild taco seasoning flavor, I think it's the best tasting of the prepared packets. 

I think of this soup as a dump soup -- you just dump all the ingredients into a pot and let it simmer until you are happy with the taste. This one is incredibly healthy and tasty at the same time.

Big Batch Taco Soup
ground beef, browned & drained
can (15 oz)
kidney beans
can (15 oz)
black beans
can(28 oz)
tomato, diced
taco seasoning
beef broth
Servings: 22
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/22 of a recipe (16.9 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.
Amount Per Serving
Calories From Fat (11%)
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.79g
Saturated Fat 1.36g
Cholesterol 27.51mg
Sodium 1153.49mg
Potassium 1263.75mg
Total Carbohydrates 50.39g
Fiber 13.75g
Sugar 2.6g
Protein 22.49g

Wonderful pumpkin cookies

I don't even like pumpkin. Really. I don't. Having said that, these pumpkin spice cookies are amazing! My family loves them! Give them a try, you won't be disappointed!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall 2011 Quilt Festival Entry -- Schnibbles Plan C

My entry this fall is a quilt that is now residing in Copenhagen, Denmark. I made it as a thank you present for our host family. These wonderful people left town to let us use their home for a month. That is amazing kindness! Even more amazing if you consider I have never met them face to face.

71.5 by 71.5 inches tall

I used the Schnibbles Plan C design by Carrie Nelson and an April Cornell fabric line with white muslin.

I tried free motion flowers all over, but learned that my quilting was too close together to really see well once it was all washed and crinkly. Shucks! Oh well, live and learn.

I miss the quilt, but I'd trade it again in a heart beat for the wonderful trip and the great adventure. Thanks Anne & Jens!

I love the Bloggers Quilt Festival! This one of my most favorite times of the year. Click on the logo to join in the fun!