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Easy Yet Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner

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"Life can get really busy, especially once you have children! But let’s not forget to spoil our Valentine! Here is a checklist for an easy and romantic Valentine’s Day dinner:"

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Easy Parmesan Risotto

Ingredients

  • 5 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1-2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese I found freshly grated it best
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Bring the broth and water to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover.
  2. In a dutch oven melt butter over medium heat. Add in onion and cook until soft. Add in garlic and rice and cook, stirring frequently until grains are translucent around the edges. Around 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add in the wine and cook stirring constantly until wine is fully absorbed (about 3 minutes) Stir in 5 cups of hot broth and reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed (about 16-18 mins) stirring twice during this process.
  4. Add in 1 cup of hot broth and stir gently until risotto becomes creamy. Add in the Parmesan cheese and remove from heat. If risotto needs "loosened" add in a little hot broth until desired consistency is achieved. Stir in chopped parsley if desired.

WINE TO PAIR

  • ANSELMI SAN VINCENZO OR CUPCAKE CHARDONNAY

 

TABLE SET UP 

You don’t need much to set a nice and romantic table. Tulips are always a good and inexpensive choice and a sweet Valentine’s gift!

 

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: MUSIC ON!

Turn on your favorite music or one that means something for you both and enjoy the evening!

“SEU JORGE” Pandora station has been always in our “in home dates”. It is a pleasant tune for both American & Brazilian’s ears in our case!