We’re attending a book reading on Sunday evening, so we are moving our weekly dinner to blog about up a day. That way, we can still have a great dinner, have a glass of wine, or two, and not have to worry about heading out for the evening. It just makes the dinner more relaxing if you know it’s the end of the day.
So, for this Saturday we’re thinking:
Porcini risottoChard pie
- Beets and walnuts in an orange-Balsamic sauce
- Chocolate molten lava cakes
Risotto, of any sort, is just about our favorite dinner. Some people think that it’s a lot of effort, which is not quite true. It does take a lot of time at the stove, stirring and stirring, but, oh, it is so worth it. And we’ll show you how to make up some great risotto.
We just got some beets from the CSA, and this particular recipe is hands-down the best way to have beets. Even if you don’t like beets, you’ll like this.
Artisan bread, well, that goes with every meal, and will come out of the freezer from last week’s baking.
As for the dessert, this recipe is new to us, so together we’ll figure it out. If the recipe can’t be scaled to something for two, we might fall back on pound cake.
We looked up the molten lava cake recipe and it will scale, but with some egg mixture leftover. Fortunately, we got chard from the CSA, and chard pie is super tasty and will use up that leftover egg mixture. The chard pie is really good, too, so it’s a win-win. Not to worry, risotto will show up soon.
Q: So how’d it go? A: Good, with the excitement about the chocolate lava cakes, we forgot to take bread out of the freezer, so we had a side of watermelon. The chard pie was more than enough for the two of us, so we’ll have the rest tomorrow. And the beets. They tasted great, just could have used a few more. This was the first time making chocolate lava cakes — really easy and way tasty!
Q: Timing? A: We started boiling the beets to peel and steaming the chard around 3:45pm. Then made the crust to sit in the fridge. Rolled it out around 4:50, and had everything in the oven around 5:00. While that was baking we did all the prep work for the lava cakes, which we put together around 7:00. They were in the bowls with ice cream by 7:30.
Q: Anything different next time? A: Remember the bread.