Recipe: Red Wine & Goat Cheese Risotto


The temperatures in DC have been all over the place lately – 68 degrees one day followed by 45 the next. I’ve been holding off on making my favorite risotto recipe until it was really cold outside. When I woke up this morning to the first snow of the season, I knew it was finally time to bust out the Le Cruset, open my favorite Pinot Noir and make this red wine and goat chez risotto. It’s such a cozy recipe for a chilly Sunday night. Enjoy!

Red Wine & Goat Cheese Risotto with Caramelized Onions
serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 1/4 cups arborio rice
1 cup of your favorite red wine
3-4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
6 ounces goat cheese
3 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
fresh basil for topping

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoons of butter and olive oil over low heat, then add mushrooms. Let cook for 15-20 minutes (or more), stirring occasionally until mushrooms are juicy and caramelized.

While mushrooms are cooking, in a large saucepan heat 1 tablespoon each of butter and olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add rice, tossing to coat in the butter and oil, then toast while stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes.

Add in wine, stirring every few minutes until absorbed. Once absorbed, add in 1 cup stock, stirring until absorbed like you did with the wine. Repeat 2-3 more times, until all stock has been added and absorbed. This takes a while, maybe 20 minutes or longer – I do not stir constantly, but actually just keep an eye on it and stir every few minutes.

Taste rice and determine if it’s cooked to your liking (if not, add in 1 more cup of stock and stir). I prefer mine a little less soupy than most people, so I tend to only use 3 cups of stock and let it almost completely absorb.

Reduce the heat to low and add in salt, pepper, goat cheese and mushrooms, then stir. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh basil on top.

A Look Back: September 2013

A Lot of Moving | September 2013

September, September, where did you go? I just had to look back at the calendar to see what I even did last month! People often associate September with back to school, new clothes, and “bouquet(s) of newly sharpened pencils.” For me, it was basically all apartment, all the time.

I told you all about my move the other week, and I don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty, but I’ll just say I had less time to find a place than anticipated and the whole moving process really dragged on. In light of the costs associated with moving, I imposed a clothes embargo for the entire month of September. Instead, I focused on buying a few need-to-have and want-to-haves for my new place! Included were some new sheets, a West Elm tray to help me stay organized, a cute acrylic jewelry organizer, a yummy-smelling candle for fall and I still have my eye on this Scorpio constellation box.

When I wasn’t prettying up my apartment, I had my first Drybar experience (amazing!) and hosted a black-tie Potomac River cruise with some friends. I also picked up a Nobadeer sandwich from Jetties and crossed Gravelly Point off my D.C. bucket list. I made a surprise trip home to cheer on my parents and little brother as they completed their first triathlon and enjoyed a company outing to the H Street Biergarten.

What was your favorite thing about September?

Music Monday | Rainy Sunday

A Lot of Moving | Ann Street Studio RainUgh, Monday rears its ugly head again. Here in DC it’s raining – hopefully washing away the final heat and mugginess of summer. I’d have gladly traded yesterday’s heat for today’s rain. There’s something immensely wonderful about spending a rainy Sunday in bed, catching up on reading and just taking it easy. This week’s Music Monday song comes from the spot-on Ann Street Studio Rainy Days playlist, which I’ve had on repeat all day. You can subscribe to the full playlist on Spotify.

Also, speaking of Ann Street Studio, can we talk about the amazing cinemagraph above? Jamie and Kevin blow my mind every time!

Bedside Table Blues

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My poor bedside table needs some help. Through the years it’s been painted both hot pink and black, recently scarred by an accident involving a water glass and stack of magazines, and is currently topped by random mail, bills and an ugly purple Nalgene.

I’ve sought out a little inspiration from a few of my favorite bloggers. Key takeaways? A good bedside table needs a great lamp (I’ll have to find something smaller than the Audrey, though), a yummy candle, fresh flowers, a tray filled with fancy jewels and a grown-up alarm clock. The hunt begins….

[Sources: 1, 2 & 3, 4 & 5, 6]

Music Monday | Nathaniel Rateliff

When Justin Vernon announced last fall that Bon Iver was ‘winding down‘ I was pretty despondent. Others, like my friend Baxter, brought up a good point: “Good, it means less time I have to spending crying in public” (we had just seen Justin play a gut-wrenching set at D.C.’s 9:30 Club). Still, ever since I realized their self-titled album would be the last Bon Iver I heard for a while, there’s been a Justin Vernon-sized hole in my heart.

Lucky for me, and you, Baxter is to the rescue with another sad-looking, yet musically-stunning dude for us to all fall in love with. I introduce to you Mr. Nathaniel Rateliff. A midwesterner like Justin, he’s worked with the same producer as Iron & Wine, toured with The Lumineers and Dr. Dog, and has shared the stage with Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, and a number of other acts. Tonight I’m sharing a song from his newest album Falling Faster than You Can Run and I highly recommend listening to the entire thing.