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Harvest Time... Lemon Piccata with Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto

My friend Julie and her son Max are here for a few weeks from England and tonight I made dinner for them.  I made Chicken Piccata and Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto.  This risotto recipe came to me in a recent Hello Fresh box and it was so good that I repeated it 2 more times already.  The butternut squash and pepitas are perfect for a fall day. It also goes great with the chicken piccata.  One thing to note:  both of these dishes are a bit on the labor intensive side, right before serving, so there was a lot of juggling going on prior to plating.  But it was all great.  We had a fun night with good food and friends!

Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto (for 4) - from Hello Fresh

2 Yellow onions
1/2 Oz Fresh Sage
4 Cloves Garlic
24 Oz Butternut Squash, cubed
6 C Chicken or Vegetable Stock
1 1/2 C Arborio Rice
1 C Parmesan Cheese
2 Oz Pepitas
1 t Olive Oil
2 T Butter


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.Halve, peel and finely dice onions.Finely chop the sage leaves.Minc…

Risotto Isn’t so Scary After All.

I have a love/hate relationship with risotto.  I think I have had equally both terrible versions and delicious versions of this dish.  But the inconsistency it the scary part.  I hesitate to order risotto at restaurants.  All anyone says is how hard it is to make.  All that stirring, stirring, stirring.  Blah, blah, blah...

All of this discontent around the super stirred rice, all the fear of the gluey, gloppy starch or the burnt bottoms, has let me to NEVER try to make risotto.

Until one day this month.  I tried it.  I met my fear head on and entered into the vast unknown.

And the result was a smashingly yummy, creamy, light, smooth, earthy pot of risotto that I will remember all the days of my life.  Well, I doubt that, but it was pretty damn good if I say so myself.  I made this with scallops, but it can pair with any protein or be savored on its own.

Hope you like it.  Don’t be scared. :-0

No Fear Mushroom Risotto with Scallops (Serves 2)

5 Cups Chicken Broth2 Cloves G…