Celine + Vin

November 2, 2009

I feel like I don’t cook much anymore. Sure we throw together dishes for dinner everynight, but it’s usually pantry + freezer based and I don’t enjoy it.

So I decided with my test over with, I’d devote tonight to cooking and enjoy every minute.

Of course that means sipping a little Black Box Wine while I cooked.

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And some Celine Dion blasting out of Pandora!!

I told Matt to snap a photo of me singing "To Love You More" (my favorite Celine song)

[His response: "If you’re singing, I’m having wine too"]

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The song got more powerful and so did I!

*This goes out to you LARBS!*

I played the violin

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And ended hitting the high note :mrgreen:

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While I sang, this cooked:

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I got a press release last week for a recipe for Pumpkin + Goat Cheese Risotto that caught my eye. I get tons of press releases and normally delete them but this one was something I knew I would love.

It comes from Executive Chef Kerry Heiber of the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago.

And here’s the nicely formatted recipe (click to enlarge)

pumpkinrisotto

It was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And despite the scary risotto cooking technique, this recipe was super easy. And my very first time cooking a real pumpkin from scratch! Can you believe it?

The only changes I made were:

  • The omission of onion
  • The use of water instead of stock because we were flat out of stock
  • Used 1/2 tbsp of kosher salt instead of a whole tbsp
  • Used Parrano cheese instead of Parm (what I had in the fridge)
  • Used about half a tbsp of butter instead of 2 tbsp
  • Added some fresh thyme from the garden
  • Served over wilted arugula (was going to use swiss chard, but TJ’s had arugula)

Otherwise I followed the recipe to a T.

It was out of this world good. Very much like mac and cheese actually. With a subtle pumpkin flavor. Not too gord-y. I did not add cinnamon or nutmeg, but I imagine they will be added for the leftovers :) The recipe made a HUGE pot. Yes, this is a rich dish, but it’s actually not that bad when you think about the ingredients. The only thing that’s a bit over the top is the butter stirred in at the end and you could cut way back like I did or just leave it out. It would still be killer. Goat cheese is actually pretty low on the cheese spectrum, and pumpkin = superfood!

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He hasn’t recovered but his spirits are up. He raved about the recipe and he’s not even a huge pumpkin fan!

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Currently eating a piece of dark chocolate and closing down the kitchen. It was a fun day!

I have another test on Wednesday though, so I have to get studying for that. And I leave for San Francisco again on Friday for Foodbuzz !!!!!!!!!

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1 coco November 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm

youre so funny Kath! love all your singing expressive faces! :D you made me smile! I can’t wait to meet you in person in SF! :)

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2 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Mmm that looks incredible!!! I may have to try that soon. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE arugula! So I may have to try it the Kath way. Yumm!

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3 MelissaNibbles November 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Please entertain us at the next Healthy Living Summit with a Celine Tribute Show. Thank you.

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4 kay (eating machine) November 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm

the hitting the high note was a total celine face.

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5 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm

That sounds so delicious. Who am I kidding? Anything with goat cheese sounds delicious

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6 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) November 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Cutest photos ever! That risotto looks heavenly :)

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7 Joanne November 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm

You’re too funny. Did you spill any wine?
The recipe does look really interesting and worth a try.
Enjoy San Fran.

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8 ella November 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

LOVE that black top you’re wearing!! – where’s it from? i can’t wait to make the risotto :))))

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9 Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) November 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm

The risotto looks amazing! I think its awesome that you took the time to “really cook”… I need to use more recipes- and I need more time! Love the snapshots from the Celine concert, too!

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10 Julie November 2, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Lol I love seeing you cute loose, too funny.

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11 Julie November 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm

cut loose*

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12 ellen eats beets November 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm

mmmm pumpkin risotto sounds soo tasty. I used to be afraid of making risotto, seemed like such a daunting task, but it’s really not that bad!

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13 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Hahahah I’m still laughing at your rockin’ out. You’re so cute, girl!

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14 Mara @ What's for Dinner? November 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I have risotto, pumpkin, and goat cheese in the house right now… that may have to be on the menu soon! Do me a favor and have some crab while in San Fran… its one of my favorite foods ever!

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15 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats November 2, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Ahhhahaha, omg Kath you crack me up!! Love the look on your face on the high note!!

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16 Erica November 2, 2009 at 8:51 pm

ohhhhhhhhh noooooooooo- you’re going to be gone while I’m in Charlotte! Bummer :( But I know you will have a blasty in San Fran. I will probably be too tired from training to really do anything too exciting anyways ;) I use to always use to sing to celine with my mom in the kitchen when i was younger so this cracked me up. yummy dinner- I was thinking of making a pumpkin tomato sauce tomorrow night!

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17 bobbi November 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

LOVE ALL THE SINGING PICS!!! KATH your too cute! Wish I was going to SF:(

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18 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm

What cute pictures!! So fun!

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19 eliza November 2, 2009 at 8:59 pm

love those pics of you! so fun and you are so cute!
pumpkin and goat cheese risotto sounds and looks divine. such a great dish! loved your pumpkin butter + brie sandwich the other day, pumpkin sure goes great with loads of things, so versatile!

xx
Eliza

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20 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 2, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Those singing pics are too cute!

That pumpkin risotto sounds delish and very appropriate for the season… I’ve never had it before, so I’m curious- does goat cheese taste like regular cow’s milk cheese??

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21 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 2, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Is it possible to make it without the wine? I don’t drink so I don’t keep wine around even for cooking.

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22 Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm

LOL!!!! I cracked up at Matt’s response, too! Speaking of Matt, OUCH! That looks like it hurts :(

Pumpkin risotto sounds amazing!

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23 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life November 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Kath, I love seeing you rock out-it was too funny!!

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24 Marissa November 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Great photos! Cooking with wine is a must!

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25 Lauren November 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm

GET OUT! I made the SAME dinner tonight and it was devine!!! :) I used coconut milk on a whim and really thought this brought out sooo much intense flavor.

Glad we are on the same food wavelength tonight! ;)

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26 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm

LOL LOL LOL loved this post!

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27 Maggie November 2, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I feel like I don’t cook anymore either. Hooray for real cooking! I will be back on that soon :)

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28 klm November 2, 2009 at 9:08 pm

yum yum yum yum yum.

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29 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Nothing like a power ballad for a power meal! That risotto sounds incredible. I looks incredibly creamy and satisfying. I like the touch of fresh Thyme. Yummmmmm.

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30 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

*It* looks incredibly satisfying. Long days at work = Typo Fingers

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31 Meghan@traveleatlove November 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Mmmm I love making pumpkin and b’nut squash risotto, so versatile. I am getting SO excited for Foodbuzz that I can not concentrate at work!

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32 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 2, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I love the photos of you singing – too fun! I love to sing at the top of my lungs in the car, but rarely do it in front of others :-)

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33 Ana @ Ana Puede November 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm

You singing = Hilarious! Love it!

Good night

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34 Kasey @ Fit For Wellness November 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm

LOL… love the pic of you hitting the high note!

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35 Jenna November 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm

HAHAHA!!! Those photos are absolutely hilarious. Way to bring some entertainment our way :)

I made pumpkin risotto last night. Twas’ fabulous as well. Adding some goat cheese is a wonderful idea. Makes the creamy rice even creamier.

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36 Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) November 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

That sounds and looks delicious! I love the fall flavors!

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37 Jackie @ TriToLose November 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm

That risotto looks fantastic! I’m trying to get my husband on the pumpkin bandwagon, but he’s turned off by it. (I don’t know why! I love it!!) I might just have to make it and he’ll have to deal with it. Thanks for the recipe! :)

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38 cookienurse November 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Those are great pictures of you singing, Kath!

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39 candice November 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Bahaha, I love Celine Dion. :D You look adorable, and risotto sounds awesome… I love goat cheese anything. Yay for roasting pumpkins–I roasted a red kuri today, and it was delicious :)

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40 Tou Tou's Little Creation Cafe November 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm

haha I LOVE that one when u hit the high note!! that might be exactly how Celine Dion do it ! well, maybe not with a glass of wine!

The pumpkin dish looks really good – Love that orange-ish color for the time of fall. Thank you for the recipe !

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41 Maggie November 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm

So much to love: Love the w00t. Love the pumpkin risotto. Yummmmmmm. But I think I love the pics of you singing most Fabu. (I do not love poor husband’s swollen face. Get well, get well soon, we want you to get well..)

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42 amber November 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm

omg that is adorable!! I love the rocking it out pics!!!!

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43 Fancy November 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Hey Kath! What do you mean that goat cheese is “low on the cheese spectrum”? I love goat cheese so I’m just curious :)

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44 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Those pictures crack me up! I just LOVE your outfit! :)

What an awesome recipe and a great way to use pumpkin. It’s so nice to have all these wonderful squash choices this time of year!

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45 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 2, 2009 at 10:23 pm

that recipe looks grand. i have been vowing to “cook from scratch” more lately too. my cousin just gave me a bunch of her old cookbooks so my goal is to make a recipe once a week, at least…

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46 Lizzy November 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm

love the singing photos. your so cute!

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47 Erin November 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm

That is totally hilarious because my sister and I have a TON of Celine inside jokes from when we were kids and used to belt out her CD! Gotta love it!

That pumpkin risotto looks amazing!

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48 Emily Eats and Exercises November 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

You look like a rock star and so does your dinner!!!

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49 Erin November 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

LOL, GREAT Celine cover band pics!
Poor Matt. :(
That dinner rocks my world. Holy chit girl. Yumz.

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50 Lu November 2, 2009 at 11:34 pm

I bet you sounded great! Wow, Matt is hurtin’. Good luck on the test. Pumpkin Risotto deliciousness. I would love to try this one out.

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51 Jenna November 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm

dinner looks great kath!
jenna

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52 Jess November 2, 2009 at 11:43 pm

You are AWESOME.

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53 Laura @ Backstage Pass November 2, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Lol you look like you’re having a blast here! I loooove singing while cooking as well :-)
this pumpkin rissoto looks like a great Thanksgiving dish, thanks for sharing!

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54 Tay November 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm

OMG it sounds fabulous!! I’ve been meaning to make pumpkin pasta for a while…seems slightly similar!

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55 The Duo Dishes November 3, 2009 at 1:13 am

It’s funny how pumpkin haters can find a recipe that changes their mind. The power of pumpkin is real1

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56 Mama Pea November 3, 2009 at 1:23 am

I’m glad this is not a vlog. ;)

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57 BethT November 3, 2009 at 1:55 am

Eh, just move here already :D

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58 Diana November 3, 2009 at 2:14 am

That dish sounds and looks good!
Have a great tuesday Kath!

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59 Ashley November 3, 2009 at 2:19 am

Holy YUM!! I wish I was going to SanFran…I found out about it too late!! Super jealous, sounds like it’s going to be awesome!

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60 Marina November 3, 2009 at 2:44 am

:)) you look really cute and like you’re having a blast :)
mhm, pumpkin rissoto. I would like to make it, but when I see that you need to use chicken or veggie stock…yeah. I don’t like that :))

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61 molly November 3, 2009 at 2:46 am

this risotto looks delicious! we happen to have a small pumpkin in our kitchen, so i may have to give this a whirl. do you have the recipe any larger? even clicking on it, the jpg is pretty small. thanks!!

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62 christie @ honoring health November 3, 2009 at 6:09 am

LOVE the singing photos and the risotto looks pretty good too :)

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63 Stacey November 3, 2009 at 6:15 am

Hehe :) I know what you mean about “cooking”. I had to stay at my boss’ house last week and ate out ALL THE TIME and I was sooo ready to get back in the kitchen after coming home!

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64 Caitie November 3, 2009 at 7:21 am

Ella,
I think her black shirt is from Target, because I have one that looks identical!:)

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65 Allie November 3, 2009 at 8:04 am

Your singing is awesome and dinner looks great! And, poor Matt! Has he seen a doctor? I have an allergy to some product in shampoos, lotions, etc. that I swell up like that. Hope he gets better, I’m sure it not comfortable at all.

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66 Paige(Running Around Normal) November 3, 2009 at 8:21 am

LOL at your belting out Celine and asking Matt to take a picture – TOO funny, hehe!
That pumpkin dish looks amazing:) Glad you enjoyed yourself while cooking.

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67 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 3, 2009 at 8:25 am

dinner looks fantastic & it looks like you had one heck of a good time making it!!! :)

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68 Cait (Cait's Plate) November 3, 2009 at 8:46 am

HAHAHA! This totally cracked me up – so something I would do :) That dish looks delish! And poor Matt! I hope he’s better soon!

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69 Kath November 3, 2009 at 9:22 am

ella,
It’s actually LOFT and on sale RIGHT NOW!

Mara,
I love crab!

Joelle,
I’d compare goat cheese most closely to feta – but it’s creamier and has a bit of a gamier taste. It’s sooo good!!

Cynthia,
Yes, definitely. Just leave it out.

Fancy,
Soft goat cheese is lower in fat and calories than harder cheeses like cheddar.

Marina,
I just used water!!! I didn’t have stock, and it still turned out delish.

molly,
Hmmm.. I don’t but I can email you the photo? Maybe that helps?

Kath

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70 Diana(mymarblerye) November 3, 2009 at 9:50 am

I’ve been CRAVING pumpkin rissotto. Now I haveee to make it! Your post sent my cravings over the edge!

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71 mkg November 3, 2009 at 11:54 am

loved that last pic CRACKED ME UP :-D

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72 Molly November 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

So much emotion in that performance :)

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73 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full November 3, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I actually had a “one eyed monster” for breakfast this morning! Ha!

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74 Kerry Hieber November 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Thanks for all your great compliments Kath. I’m the chef that came up with the recipe. Your website is so funny!!

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75 Caroline November 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm

This is so completely after the fact, I know, but you want to be careful with poison ivy on the face because if it spreads to the eyes it can get in your blood stream and I don’t know what happens next, but I imagine it’s not good.

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