Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flashback and Foodie Friday - Lemony Risotto with Asparagus and Shrimp

Seems the week went by so quickly, which means it's time for another Foodie Friday where I can share a recipe or two and get inspiration from the many wonderful cooks out there. To see what else is cooking for Foodie Friday, check out Gollum's blog. Designs by Gollum

Do you ever plan a meal, just for yourself? I'm used to cooking for a family, and my husband will eat just about anything I cook, but he draws the line when it comes to anything creamy (he despises milk and mayonnaise). So I save certain recipes, when it's just me. I set the table with my girly dishes :-) The black and yellow plates are from the Spode Archive Collection - British Flowers Rosa. First introduced c 1831.

A funny story for those of you who watch the television show "Survivor". Joe tried out for Survivor twice, but wasn't selected. I told him he didn't show enough skin in his photo :-) Well anyways, we were watching the show a few years ago, and the contestants had to drink blood and milk from a cow. He said he would have been in trouble at that point, since he cannot get himself to drink milk. He would drink the blood, but not the milk!!

Here's a recipe that I tried tonight, just for me. (Joe is in the Big Apple for the day, and I hope his arms will be full of goodies when he arrives home a little later tonight) I served this as my main course, it would have been a side dish for Joe :-) And I will have leftovers to take to the office to share.

Lemony Risotto with Asparagus and Shrimp
Serves 4 (main course) or 6 to 8 (side dish)
Active time: 45 min Start to finish
May 2009 - Gourmet

3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
3/4 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup grated parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Bring broth and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add asparagus and simmer, uncovered, until just tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer asparagus with a slotted spoon to an ice bath to stop cooking, then drain. Keep broth at a bare simmer, covered.
Cook onion in 2 Tbsp butter with 1/4 tsp salt in a 4-qt heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add wine and simmer, stirring constantly, until absorbed.
Stir in 1/2 cup broth mixture and briskly simmer, stirring frequently, until absorbed. Continue adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is creamy and tender but still al dente (it should be the consistency of a thick soup), about 18 minutes. (There will be leftover broth mixture.)
Stir in shrimp and cook until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in asparagus, zest, remaining 2 Tbsp butter, parmesan, parsley, and pepper to taste. (Thin risotto with some of remaining broth if necessary.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. The Lemony Risotto looks great! The dishes are gorgeous! Nice you set up for yourself, I resort to paper plates when I'm by myself!

    Sounds like you'll be having a great celebration in August and you certainly look at least a decade or two younger :) Must be the hiking. I am sedentary, LOL!

    Great post, Debbie, fun foodie and flashback!

  2. I never knew that about Joe and Survivor! That is so cool :) I'm glad he didn't have to drink milk though - LOL!

    Your risotto recipes looks fantastic, Debbie! You can take that to the tribunal :)

  3. This looks absolutely scrumptious!!! I can just smell the lemon and the shrimp.

    Thanks for the recipe - its a keeper for sure!!!

  4. Debbie, I hope Joe has lots of goodies for you when he gets home! The shrimp looks delish...pretty plates too. Yea, a birthday trip! I remember when you went before, such a fantastic place! The big 5-0... woo hoo!

  5. Your risotto looks wonderful. It is your pretty served on your beautiful plates.

  6. Looks great! We are big risotto fans but I have never made a shrimp risotto dish. I will have to try this. I have figured out that with foodie friday I will not have to open a cookbook for a long long time! I am hungry now! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings to you for a wonderful weekend!


  7. Recipe looks delicious and I enjoyed your photo to Maine.

  8. Marginal Way looks like a lovely place to have a 50th birthday.

    Beautiful toile dishes, and yes, very girlie.

    I'm very impressed that you would prepare such a wonderful looking and sounding dish for yourself.

  9. The risotto looks fabulous!!! I do make things just for me, mainly for lunch on the weekends because Randy doesn't usually eat lunch. I'm glad you treated yourself to a beautiful place setting. I am envious of these beautiful plates. I have some yellow and black ones but the shape of yours makes them way better! As much as I love the food and table, you know it's the beautiful flowers that take my breath away. I think that's a great pick for your 50th!!!

    Great flashback :-)

  10. There is nothing like a good risotto. Love your dishes!

  11. Love those plates and a yummy dish to fill them up.
    Enjoy, Candy

  12. First visit to your blog,I love shrimp and this recipe just looks Yummy. I will have to try the recipe for my husband and I, don't know if my "teens" will eat it ;).
    Just love those dishes!

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh how I love those girlie dishes, I would love to eat the risotto too but I think I could even eat something I didn't like on those pretty dishes.

    How fun that Joe tried out for survivor - wish he would have made it as it is the one show that both Jeff & I enjoy - we haven't missed a season yet. In the early years we used to do finale parties.

    The vacation spot is so beautiful - I do remember you giving us a peak at it last time. What a wonderful spot to celebrate your birthday.

  14. Yummy risotto! I'd make this for myself - only because I wouldn't want to share it...Robyn

  15. Yum! The shrimp sounds wonderful and I especially love those plates! Enjoy each meal!

  16. Oh, so I better not make L.I. Clam chowder if you ever get here on the way to Montauk..but a glass of blood would be fine???:)
    Your dinner looks delicious, and i love the plates!
    And what a great place to celebrate your big 50!

  17. Debbie, your risotto looks amazing. I love Risotto with asparagus and the shrimp just takes it over the top. Love the dishes too.

  18. Debbie your risotto on the beautiful plates looks wonderful and what kind of goodies are you wishing for from the Big Apple?

  19. I have never tried to make risotto , may have to give it a whirl! The recipe looks like a complete tasty but light meal.

    Love the dishes and I'm glad you treat yourself well when making something just for yourself..

    Tell Joe to keep trying.. he can always hold his nose to drink milk!! lol

  20. Hi Annie! I didn't have anything specific on my wish list, I just wished he would bring some goodies back like he always does. He brought me back a cast iron pan (from an estate), and I cracked up. I'll never forget that! This time he brought me back some adorable little creamery jars from Crate and Barrel. I used them for flower vases for our Tuscan dinner party on Saturday. I couldn't find sunflowers this time of year, so I bought yellow gerbera daisies with brown centers. They looked so cute in the little jars!

  21. I really like your blog!I just passed a blogging award to you. You can receive it on my Boogieboard Cottage blog. Mary :O)


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