Saturday, January 2, 2010

Champagne , Risotto and Coffee ... Oh My!

Woke up this morning and discovered I didn't have any milk for my coffee. I can't drink coffee without some kind of "mixer" if you will. So I had to go to the local grocery store (not my favorite), without any caffeine in my body and I'm not good in the mornings.


When I got home I immediately fixed myself a cup of much needed coffee:

To help my mood, I drank my coffee out of my new mug that I adore!

I also made myself a fantastic bowl of banana oats with peanut butter. I wanted to eat it right away and that is why I don't have a picture to share :(


Yesterday I read (Marathon Val) about a risotto in which one of the ingredients was champagne. I just had to try it. I wasn't able to follow the recipe exactly but my dish still turned out really good.

  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cups skim milk
  • 1/3 cup Champagne (YUM)
  • 1 ounce pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 small onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

  • Toast the pine nuts
  • Chop the mushrooms, finely chop the onion and garlic.
  • Heat the veggie broth in a saucepan
  • Add 2 tablespoons of EVOO to a hot pan, add the mushrooms, onions and garlic
  • Once the onions become transparent add the arborio rice.
  • Add the Champagne
  • Begin to add the veggie broth and 1 cup of milk, about 1 cup at a time
  • Then all you need to do is follow the typical risotto instructions. Add 1 cup of liquid at a time and stir until the rice absorbs all of it. Then add another cup and so on, until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Once all the liquid is absorbed stir in the pine nuts
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Top off with cheese, I used grana padano shaved cheese.

Thanks Val for giving me the idea for this wonderful dish!

My husband and I both enjoyed this recipe. I had to include the instructions on my blog so that I will be able to make it again!


  1. That recipe sounds fabulous!! I never have champagne on hand, but hey you never know!

  2. haha, isnt that funny when you are deciding between chowing and going to get your camera?! :-)

    Also I love the mug! Where is it from?

  3. Your risotto dish looks fabulous! I haven't made risotto in ages, so I might try this one out...

  4. Hi Jill - I got the mug at Caribou Coffee. I had to have it the first time I saw it!

  5. I'm so glad you liked my recipe! It's one of my new favorites :) I see you used skiim milk but trust me that it's soooo delicious with coconut milk!

    Have a great week!