25 Minute Mushroom Risotto Recipe

I can’t pinpoint the exact date or even year I had risotto for the first time, but I remember the restaurant – Janice’s Bistro. I think it had scallops. It was a revelation.

It was creamy, soft, hot, cheesy and a flavor I can remember so distinctly every time I think of that first time I had risotto. Continuing on this week’s theme of a meatless party, I felt like a risotto really needed to be the star of the show. Plus – you all know how much I love a you-do-you-boo recipe – and this is 100% that.

If you’ve had risotto before, this is so easy, it’s just very hands on. In fact, everything else needs to be done while this risotto is cooking and all of your ingredients need to be ready to go and just an arm’s length away. But with the right prep, and some solid gut instinct, risotto can be on your table in 25 minutes. It’s so fast, in fact, that you could make it for a weeknight dinner for family! Who doesn’t want to come home after a long day at work to a special treat?!

Cranberry Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Oh how I love bone-in-skin-on chicken leg quarters. Talk about flavor. And when you serve them up with roasted garlic and some crusty bread? Perfection.

You could certainly skip the whole cranberry thing, but I do like the tartness of the cranberries in the dish. They add an extra step, but you can certainly prep them the day before you make these chicken leg quarters.

The fresh herbs, the lemon juice, the garlic – mmmm! When you layer in flavors, and go the extra step, it really gives your dish some body – perhaps, we might say, a leg to stand on? I’ll be here all week.

Butter Herb Roasted Hens for Christmas Dinner

So, I have a thing for individually-made anything. Also, I really couldn’t think of one main dish that we always have for Christmas. Turkey? Ham? As I’m over here still trying to think about what the heck our Christmas dinner traditions were growing up, I’m going to tell you all about these butter herb roasted individual hens! 

You know how I love those recipes that just fill the house with the most divine scents and this is definitely one of them. And I mean, aren’t they just the cutest little things you ever did see?!