Monday, August 18, 2008

Smoked Gouda Risotto with Spinach and Mushrooms

We are back from a week in Southern California. We spent a couple of days at Disneyland and a couple of days in La Jolla. The weather was perfect, the crowds not so bad and we even had really good food! At Disneyland we opted to eat in Downtown Disney which has much better (in my opinion) offerings than within the park. At Tortilla Jo's they even have their gluten free items marked. My favorite meal was at Uva Bar where they had a tapas menu - everything we had was delicious but my favorite was a compressed salad with manchego, arugula, apples, walnut and dates. I ordered a second one ;-) Sadly I didn't get any pictures because the plates were beautiful - but we were starving.

I've been slowly getting back into the kitchen and last night I made Smoked Gouda Risotto with Spinach and Mushrooms from Cooking Light. This was a delicious mix of flavors with the smoky cheese (I used smoked mozzarella because I had some on hand) and the mushrooms. I will definitely make this again but I think next time I will buy presliced cremini mushrooms rather than using the mix of four different mushrooms - it was a lot of cleaning and slicing. For company I'd do that again but for us - I'll go for convenience next time!

School started back up for Ana yesterday and Hallie starts next week - even hubby is taking a night class (Italian - heaven help me). I think this school year will pose the biggest challenge to our family dinners - it's hard to do when no one is home!


Ann Adamson said...

Uva Bar is our DD favorite as well!

This risotto sounds awesome. The mornings are getting cool here, and when the evenings start to match, I'll try this risotto -- it sounds absolutely perfect!

Guinnah said...

We really loved Uva Bar (with the exception of the drunk girl at the bar with the exceptionally low rise jeans on - blech). The risotto was excellent and something I will definitely make again!

Anonymous said...

Ooh la la--I'd love it if my husband could throw some romantic phrases in Italian at me. ;)

Guinnah said...

Ah yes, the romantic days of the week and numbers 1-100. He's having fun with it at least!

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