Winner, Winner, Gyoza Dinner. No, really this time.

Andra won the wild card contest on Food52!  Do you go to Food52?  Well, you should.  You can start by looking at Andra’s winning recipe for Steamed Gyoza.  I plan to make it this week, not only because it sounds good, but to catch up with what Andra’s doing.  First it was feathered hair.  Then it was listening to The Violent Femmes.  I should just make this recipe, because our parents will probably never buy me Vuarnet sunglasses.

Oh, and we ate Portobello Mushroom Risotto last night.  Risotto is one of those things that I used to make all the time when it was just the two of us.  I really believe risotto has an undeserved reputation for being difficult to prepare.  It’s meditative, with all the stirring and  staring at rice granules and you can take some short-cuts.  I always use room temperature chicken stock, because I don’t feel like dirty-ing another pan to warm it up and I add the stock in two big additions instead of a ladle-ful at a time.  My girls would really love it, all creamy and cheesy and monochromatic.  But, sometimes, like last night, you just need to put kids to bed and eat a quiet civilized dinner like you used to.  Besides, they can always have leftovers.

- Catherine

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