Wild Mushroom Farrotto

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

Food prepared and shared with others is among the most powerful bonding methods we humans have. And for me, risotto has a special place permanently tattooed onto my heart, connecting to memorable moments throughout my adult life.

+ Somewhere between poring over mountains of thesis research + the cooking/baking/espresso drinking/solitary rambles through southwest Minneapolis that otherwise kept my grad school self occupied/sane, an online ping from a friend of friends in high school. The note, in response to a photo of the previous night’s triumphant first risotto, challenged me to a long-distance culinary throwdown. My drawn-out reply was returned in kind, and so it all began.

+ Strolling along the Gulf Coast at daybreak, me snapping photos of shorebirds as an angry ocean roared and the salmon-hued sun rose up from behind billowy clouds. Down on one sandy knee he caught me by surprise, a dainty ring in hand, making me his fiancée. The best surprise, to which we popped a bottle of bubbles for drinking + adding to a crispy prosciutto-topped asparagus risotto.

+ Calm, pleasantly warm and sunny, a few feathery wisps of clouds leading the way down a grassy aisle in the rolling countryside on a fifteen-year Wisconsin day — our wedding. The reception held in a century barn a mix of rustic + elegant, with pumpkins, wheat, cornstalks and gourds as decorations; wine bottled and labeled by his aunt and uncle; the meal, three different risottos, prepared in front by our groomsmen, dads, uncles + new brothers-in-law as speeches were made, more bubbly was toasted, a new married life beginning.

From the first conversation I knew he was something special, and had a feeling we’d be together, making risotto — this, the fateful recipe — for many years to come.

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Clams with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon + Angel Hair

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

Though our Midwestern constitutions don’t always feel at home in the South, we fully appreciate just how lucky we are to live on the Atlantic shore where seafood is not only abundant but caught-that-morning fresh. Today’s bowl of goodness features briny sweet NC littlenecks, but takes its inspiration from memories of travelling to two other coastal areas.

First are Roaring Water Bay mussels that we steamed in a heady Sligo County brew with bacon and cabbage. A feast taken watching the moon rise over the inky black waters of Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland. The other, cherrystone clams cooked with garlic, chillies, lemon and a splash of a local white wine. In the postcard village of Lubec, ME, perched at the northeastern tip of the US, it was a meal prepared in the shared kitchen of our inn and enjoyed in our room overlooking the Quoddy Narrows and Canada in the distance.

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Step One: Admit the Problem + Step Two: Make Tipsy Strawberry Coco-Cream

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

If there’s one thing I truly love, it’s good, fresh, healthy food. Particularly when the ingredients are locally-grown, supporting the community’s economy, ecosystem and farmers.

When a drive last week took me past the “now picking”sign at my favorite berry patch, I had to stop and say hello, because, yes, they know me well. (And by now you know I have a problem, and can guess where this is going.)

First berries-Carol Sue's_HGN

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Red, Red Wine Cookies

Drinkables Eat Well Edibles Recipe

I have a self-imposed rule of no drinking when it’s only me at home, unless guests are hosted. He thinks it’s silly, but I feel strange sitting alone at the table with my wine. Besides, it’s far more enjoyable to raise glasses together.

Be that as it may, my restriction does not prohibit me from finding other uses for wine (or beer, but mostly wine) in the kitchen — vinaigrettes, reductions, braises, stews, pasta, preserves, a pan of anything that needs deglazing…

Red, red wine

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