I never do things with the thought that I need to get something in return, it’s not how I was raised and it’s not how I want to come across to anyone. I genuinely love to give whatever I can to those that I love the most. This weekend I was determined to make at least one harvest-y type dinner for the ones that have been with me through thick and thin and I succeeded in making two!
Saturday First up were Cinnamon and Sugar Pork Chops with Sliced/Baked Wolf Apples, multi-colored carrots, Fingerling mashed potatoes and fresh Butter and Sugar Corn. You can’t really see how gigantic these Wolf Apples were, but they were each about the size of my face!
I’m usually alone in the kitchen at home when i’m cooking, but not this time! I was joined by my great friend Morgan who was kind enough to have us all over her house! She was cooking butternut squash soup at the same time that I was preparing all of this, so it was a fun change to have company at the stove. I played her the new Lorde album and she then turned on some CLASS beats on her favorite Pandora station, so from then on out we were rocking and cooking! We played hostesses to some of our nearest and dearest, and had a great night together!
Sunday Today, I had one goal in mind: to make my Dad and I some Butternut Squash Risotto. The last time that I made this recipe he and I were so pleasantly surprised, so I figured why not give it another go! We weren’t completely sure what to expect as neither of us are huge on things like sage, but holy crap! The Cook’s Illustrated “Cooking for Two” Cook book makes such a fantastic risotto, I could not wait to make this at least once this season.
As the cook book states, all of the recipes inside are only set to make 2 portions, but this recipe would never be a main meal for my Dad or I. We are into this as a side dish, not necessarily the only thing that we are eating, so there is usually plenty to go around. It took me forever, and had to substitute some Apple Cider for White Wine (verdict is still out on if that made a huge impact), but all in all it was a great weekend for cooking!