The first was dinner. It was my first attempt as risotto and it was a success. I went with the basic recipe from about.com
The only personal touches I added were freshly grated Parmesan. (I like good fresh cheese...I didn't want to use a handful of the powdery stuff.) It called for a quart of chicken stock...I heated up some extra because it took a few additional ladles to get to the point where the rice didn't have at tough bite. The stock I used was called 'tuscan' chicken stock. It had basil and oregano seasonings in it. (It was the only one they had at the discount grocery...and at $1 per quart it was a good find.)
I topped it with some seared scallops....yum.
Dessert was a Mardi Gras King Cake...I was in the mood for one the other day and my friend Corey sent me a link to a simple recipe at allrecipes.com
Here it is before the second rise:
And here's the tasty goodness after the glaze and colored sugar. I did have to make my own purple, since I couldn't find any. It came out more grey than purple....but I think you get the idea of the Mardi Gras colors.
Smile cake: it's your close up!
And after the first slice....it was still warm when I cut it...
It was a good eating day. And now it's time for bed.
Until the next post . . .