Pumpkin Risotto with lobster, candied pecans, a smidgen of maple syrup and shaved Parmesan.

Chip and I recently experimented with a basic pumpkin risotto recipe amped up a notch, as usual, to add some extra goodies. We tried this as a dry run for an upcoming visit with friends.  This is sweet and savory and just perfect on a fall night with friends. We loved the outcome and hope you will too. What you need: Note: This recipe allows for 4-6 servings. We cut it in half for just the two of us.  5…

A trip to the DMV…with my mother.

Ah, I bet when you read that headline, you got the heebies and dreads. No one likes going to the Department of Motor Vehicles. It is a necessary evil and something that should be avoided at all costs. The lines are long, and patience is short. This past Monday I picked up my 81-year-old mother and drove her to the DMV. My mother is a pistol and a half and yet that morning, she was somewhat quiet. “I know this…

Does time and distance improve your perspective?

No. Not when it comes to your children. It has been 19 days, 5 hours, and 39 minutes (at the time of this post) since we left Jack in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for his sophomore year at the University of Alabama. You would think this time would have been easier, but it wasn’t. It took me this long to write about it. The trip was long yet uneventful. We arrived at Jack’s apartment complex for move in. The apartment complex that…

Peaches and Pancetta Pesto Pizza

Do these three ingredients, cohabiting on one pizza delight you, or scare you? What have you got to lose? Individually, peaches, pancetta, and pesto are brilliant, but together they sing. I recently posted the recipe for Pesto with a Twist. Use this as a base for your pizza. It is simple, easy, and flexible so add or delete any ingredients as you see fit. This pizza is remarkable, are you ready? What you need: Pesto. Store bought works but give the recipe…

Pesto with a twist

Following a pesto recipe as the author intended is never going to happen for me. I read them and I respect the chef or author, but I always feel I can tweak it just a bit. Pesto is pretty standard, but I took it in a slightly different direction. In my ever-so-humble opinion, I thought it was awesome. See what you think. What you need: ½ cup pine nuts and or a mix with good quality walnuts Ground red pepper…