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Recipe Monday: Pumpkin Risotto

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Welcome from the heart of Hurricane Sandy! I’m beating the rainy blues by cooking until the power goes out, and I’ve been feeling festive! Today’s recipe; pumpkin risotto, complete with butternut squash.

Ingredients:

4 tbsp of butter or margarine

1 tbsp Olive oil

2.5 cups of Arborrio rice

3 cups butternut squash

1 can Pumpkin puree

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, diced (or 2 tbsp of minced garlic from a can)

1 can of vegetable broth

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Begin by cooking your garlic, onion, butter, and oil in a pan. When the butter is melted, add 1 cup of rice and 1/4 the can of broth, and 1 scoop of pumpkin. Stir continually, adding in the butternut squash, more rice, broth, and pumpkin puree as you go and the rice soaks up the broth and flavors.

 

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While I worked on the risotto (it takes a solid hour-hour and half of cooking, until all the rice has soaked up all the liquid) my dad cooked a pumpkin dessert! Needless to say, our kitchen smelled amazing.

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When you’ve finished soaking all up, turn off the stove and let cool a bit, then transfer to a serving dish. I chose to add some sprinkles of parsley before serving!

Enjoy! This is a delicious and warm addition to any festive meal!

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The Ocean Breathes Salty

Outside of fashion I think I’d have to say my biggest passion is the sea; the salty air, the temperate sand, the crashing waves…the enamoring creatures, the myths and the facts, the history. I love jellyfish, sharks, sting rays, octopus’…in fact, it’s my birthday wish to go to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut for my birthday in a few weeks so I can feed the sting rays (hint hint: MOM).

While driving back from my adventures in the great north, I asked my father to stop by the family summer home, in Scarborough, Maine just to see the sea. It was a surprisingly warm November day at 54 degrees, and the air was just perfect. The dead sea grass and cold sand were a great compliment to the cool, but crisp air.

Though I wasn’t quite fashionably dress (Victoria’s Secret PINK yoga pants, UGG boots, and my ex-boyfriends flannel shirt) I figured I’d still share this happy scene with you readers.

Nothing, no words can explain, the unfaltering infatuation I have with the ocean and the beach…