Sunday, June 26, 2011

Baked Spinach and Pea Risotto

My version of this recipe from Real Simple is always yummy and great for guests! I double the recipe and use a large cast iron skillet to saute and bake. Make sure to get high quality broth or use french onion soup! 

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Sweet White Onion, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 4 ounces flat-leaf spinach, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce), plus more for serving
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. 
  • Heat the butter in a medium Dutch oven or ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring often, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. 
  • Add the wine and cook, stirring, until almost evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Add the broth and rice and bring to a boil.
  • Cover the pot and transfer to oven. Cook until the rice is tender and creamy, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Add the peas, spinach, Parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the pot and stir to combine. If the risotto is too thick, stir in up to ¼ cup hot water. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan before serving.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Noma's Ramen Noodle Salad


  • 1 bag of coleslaw mix, chop it again if desired
  • 1/3 bag pea pods, finely sliced
  • 4 green onions, chopped or finely sliced
  • 1 c celery, chopped or finely sliced


  • 2 pkg Ramen Noodles, broken (do not use seasoning packet)
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c slivered almonds
  • Veg oil


  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/4 c vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce

Combine slaw, pea pods, onions and celery in bowl and set aside. Brown noodles, seeds and almonds in oil and cool. Mix oil, sugar and vinegar in small saucepan. Let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add soy sauce. Cool.

Combine all ingredients except dressing. Before serving add ½ of the dressing and mix well. Add more dressing if desired. (Some like it very moist)

Note: like most salads you can customize to your taste:

  • chop a head of cabbage instead of buying the already chopped bag (probably less expensive)
  • use broccoli slaw instead of cabbage
  • 1/2 broccoli slaw and 1/2 cabbage slaw (my fav combo)
  • increase/decrease celery or pea pods or green onions
  • add chopped carrots
  • sliced almonds instead of slivered, or put some of both in
  • sesame seeds instead of sunflower seeds

There are many versions of this on the web, most do not have the same dressing which is the best part!