Sunday, December 20, 2015

C is for: Chicken Parm Meatballs {you taste so good...}

Sing it with me now...

"Chicken Parm you taste so good..."

It's funny the places I draw my inspiration. I actually thought of this recipe during one of those Peyton Manning Nationwide commercials.

Seemed like a natural combo. All of the ingredients of delicious Chicken Parm (chicken, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, mozzarella, herbs, marinara sauce) wrapped up into one tasty meatball.

I've actually made these twice this month and they were hits both times. The first was at my college girlfriends' annual ornament exchange (which I got to attend for the first time in Seattle!) and the second was at a co-worker's Christmas party. I made a few tweaks and I am really happy with the finished product. They are fabulous as a party appetizer but would also be amazing on a big plate of spaghetti or on a sub.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

B is for: Barley Risotto with Brussels Sprouts, Fennel & Apple

How is it possible that Christmas is in a week?!?

I feel like I got back from Mexico, blinked and it was Christmas. I also feel like I probably say this every year.

The sad part is, I was trying to be proactive and actually made this risotto for my friend Dana pre-Mexico so that I could post it shortly after I wrote about my trip to Tulum.

A month later, here I am.

But enough apologizing. Let's talk risotto. Similar to my farrotto and my brown rice risotto... I decided to use a whole grain to keep it healthy but still cook in the traditional risotto style. This dish also utilizes some of my favorite fall/winter produce: brussels sprouts, fennel and apple.

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