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Easy Microwave Risotto

I love Risotto, yet rarely make it and only on special occasions, mostly due to the time and effort involved.  I had never heard about making Risotto in the microwave until a friend mentioned it to me.  I immediately made it that night and I was very impressed.  I don't think I could tell the difference in a blind taste test between preparations.

I tweaked the recipe a bit, by sautéing the Shallot and Garlic in some Olive Oil before adding to the bowl.  I further tweaked it by adding some Onion.  There are so many options you could use, peas, mushrooms, tomato, etc.  You could add a protein or change up the Sherry and use White Wine.

4 Servings


1 tablespoon fruity olive oil
2 Mushrooms Chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1/8 cup minced onion
1 cup Arborio rice
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup dry sherry
Pinch of Saffron
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Stir together the oil, garlic, mushroom and onion in a medium non stick saucepan.  Sautee for 5 minutes or so until fragrant and translucent.  Transfer to the bowl you will be cooking the Risotto in.  Add the cup of rice to the bowl.

Heat the 2 cups of broth and place the Saffron into it to bloom for a few minutes.

Mix in the broth and the sherry, cover, and microwave on HIGH for 18 minutes.

Stir to see if broth is absorbed and risotto is creamy. If not, microwave for another 2 to 5 minutes, then stir in the Parmesan cheese and serve.

Homemade Foccocia Bread

My husband worked in a local Pizzeria while in Jr. High and still knows how to spin a pizza.  I make the dough and he makes it into a delicious Foccocia.  We like to eat it as an Appetizer or add some proteins and more cheese and make a pizza.

When we were in College we used to buy pre-baked Foccocia from a local bakery and our own toppings, we have fond memories of those days.

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
 2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

Topping:  We used grape tomatoes and sprinkled on Oregano, Salt and a little Italian Seasoning


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F . In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. (to make it resemble a Foccocia use your fingers and dimple the top) Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker's peel dusted with cornmeal.

Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Thai Coconut Chicken

I found a pack of chicken thighs in the freezer and Hubby remembered a Thai Pork dish he made after taking a Thai Cooking Class, we decided to do the same basic marinade but use Chicken instead.  It turned out beautifully, both sweet and spicy, it is a new favorite at our house!  I served the thighs with Coconut Lime Rice.


Chicken Thighs, skin removed (we used a Costco pack of Thighs)


Cream Of Coconut (purchased at the liquor store, but I am sure you could find at a grocery store)
1/4 cup siracha
Juice of 1/2 lime and the zest of a full lime
1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Mix marinade well in a Ziplock bag or bowl, place chicken in making sure to massage the chicken around in the marinade.  Let sit for one to two days, moving the chicken around in the marinade once or twice.

Grill, the thighs until cooked thru (the chicken may need salt)

Cold Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken

I was watching an Episode of The Kitchen and Chef Jeff Mauro made a Miso-Glazed Salmon Cold Noodle Salad which intrigued me.  I don't care for Salmon so I decided to make it with Grilled Chicken instead.  It was very tasty and good for a change!


2 packages instant ramen noodles
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Juice of 1 lime
1/3 cup Asian Style Salad Dressing
1 cup Asian Style Salad Dressing (for marinating the chicken)
One 8-ounce bag shredded cabbage mix (red and green cabbage plus carrots)
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
Thinly sliced scallion greens, for garnish
2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless


Place boneless breasts in a Ziploc along with 1 cup of the Asian Dressing and let sit for at least 30 minutes to a day.

Cook the ramen noodles (minus the seasoning packs) to very al dente according to the package instructions. Let cool.

Mix together the peanut butter, lime juice and 1/3 cup Asian dressing. Toss with the cabbage mix and cold noodles. Let sit for at least 30 minutes in the Refrigerator, tossing a couple times in between.

In the meantime, pat your chicken dry and cook your chicken breasts in a Sautee Pan, Barbequeue or Broil.  Let rest until cooled and slice thinly.  Place on top of the pasta mix and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced scallions.

Carrot, Walnut and Banana Muffins

I love baking and on a Sunday (football day) there is nothing better than making up a bunch of muffins, or homemade bread.  I am trying to eat clean and relatively healthy these days, so I decided to come up with a new muffin recipe. I used Coconut Sugar and Coconut Oil, so there is a hint of Coconut and they are not overly sweet.

These turned out so flavorful and moist, they were gone in a flash.  If I make these again I would mix some sugar with the cream cheese before adding to the batter.  They were almost not sweet enough.

2 cups flour (preferable whole wheat)
1 cup of Coconut Sugar
1/3 cup of melted Coconut Oil
2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
2 bananas smashed, approx 1 cup
1 cup of grated carrot
1 tsp cinnamon
few shakes Ginger
3 tablespoons of Flax Seed
1/2 of a Cream Cheese bar cut into squares
Sugar in the raw or Turbinado sugar

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, flax seeds and cinnamon.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, bananas and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in carrots and walnuts.

Grease your muffin tins well

Evenly fill up the muffin tins, it gave me 14 muffins

Place a square of cream cheese in the middle of each muffin and push down.  Sprinkle a little Turbinado sugar on each muffin before baking.

Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the muffin pan

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At 8:54am on April 20, 2008, Roma gourmet said…
Welcome Cheryl!
Do you love Italian cuisine?
If you like it, please check out my website:
Roma gourmet
with Italian recipes and nice dish photos
and let me know if you like it!
Have a great day
Roma gourmet

At 11:47am on April 21, 2008, Jill McKeever said…
Welcome Cheryl!

You're doing a good job on your blog - keep up the good work!
I'm so glad you joined us. Be sure to head over to the Forum and Introduce yourself to the rest of the community. We have a cool group of folks here. Please make yourself comfortable, mix & mingle and have fun!

If you have any questions about the site or community, contact me.
At 3:46pm on April 28, 2008, Charles McKeever said…
Welcome Cheryl. I'm the main technical guy here at Great Cooks Community. Please make yourself at home and let me know if you need anything. Jill and I are glad you're a part of the community.
At 4:09pm on April 28, 2008, Cheryl said…
Thank you so much, I have not had much time yet to check it out, but this week I shall!
At 12:57pm on May 14, 2008, Pam said…
Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for introducing me to Great Cooks. I am off to the library & for a walk at the reserve with the kids... It's so warm outside!
At 3:37pm on May 14, 2008, Crystal said…
Hi Cheryl!
You've got some great looking recipes on your blog. We are having our annual Memorial Day/Crystal's birthday party next weekend, and we always have a big cookout. My sweetie is like yours - Master Of The Grill. ;-) I'm going to show him your hubby's recipe for chicken legs, so we can try it out!
At 11:39am on May 31, 2008, Clive Berkman said…
Thank you so much....I am still learning and its been 30 years
At 1:38pm on June 1, 2008, Hetal said…
Hi Cheryl...welcome.Visited your blog,you have a wonderful blog,left as comment there.
At 1:56pm on June 1, 2008, Hetal said…
I have marshmallows at home,will definitely try this recipe..:)
At 6:23pm on June 5, 2008, Hetal said…
Hi Cheryl.....hey we both have the same page.he...he!!

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