Monday, April 9, 2012

Cooking at Home: Shrimp Risotto, Apple Crisp, and Super Brownies

    Restaurant quality made easy! 
 Last weekend we went to visit James' family for Easter. We hit the road on Saturday and so Friday night James' apartment became dessert central. Since we did not get a chance to go out to dinner we decided to make a nice dinner at home, while making the Easter desserts.

    For dinner that night James made his shrimp risotto. This dish is really time consuming and has to be done correctly for it can go from perfection to inedible really fast. Here is how you make it: 
         1. Heat up a thick-bottom pan (the bottom has to be thick for it to heat up evenly) 
         2. Cover the bottom of the pan with oil
         3. Toss shrimp with salt, pepper, and Old Bay to taste 
                -Aida does not like celery so we don't add Old Bay for it contains celery salt
         4. Cook the shrimp in the oil 
         5. Remove shrimp from pan and place in a bowl 
                -We suggest you keep the shrimp in the microwave! It can be tempting to eat them while making the rice 
         6. Add arborio rice to the pan 
         7. Add two ounces of chicken stock and let it reduce
                -Keep adding two ounces of stock and letting reduce until rice is al dente  
                -Vegetable stock would also work 
         8. Once rice is al dente add about a tablespoon of butter and the shrimp 
         9. Mix it all together 
        10. Enjoy! 

Shrimp Risotto 

     The first dessert we made that night was apple crisp. This is a very simple yet delicious dessert to make. We don't have any kids (yet) but if we did this would be a great, fun dessert to make as a family. Here's how its done: 
            1. Peel Granny Smith apples (sour green apples) 
            2. Slice apples 
                  -Place them in a lemon water bath so that they don't brown 
            3. Once all apples are sliced, drain them and place them in bowl 
            4. Toss apples with a tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of sugar 
            5. Place apples in a deep baking pan 
                  -You can also divide them in a muffin pan for even, individual servings 
            6. For the topping mix equal parts butter (solid) and brown sugar  
            7.  Add two part flour for one part sugar 
                    -So for example, if you added one cup of sugar, add two cups of flour 
            8. Mix the butter, sugar, and flour with your hands until it becomes a crumble 
            9. Cover the apples with the crumble 
           10. Bake in a 350 degree over for 45 minutes 
           11. Serve warm with your favorite ice cream! 
                   -We love it with vanilla bean ice cream   

Apple Crisp 

     Last but not least, that night we made James' Super Brownies! The recipe is: 
       1. Sorry it's Top Secret!!! 
      We won't give you James' recipe for these but we will show you a picture. We can tell you they are addictive! 

James' Super Brownies 

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