Organic Salad, Pumpkin-Risotto Stuffed Chicken and Sugar Spice Cookies

This weekend my friend and I made an amazing dinner that I just know you will be jealous of, because it was freaking fantastic. I had been feeling under the weather all week and this dish brought me back to life with its homey ingredients, fresh flavors and superb finish: sugar spice (and everything nice) cookies! Keep reading for recipes, photos and culinary awesomeness!

My friend Josh is a bit awesome. Okay…more than a bit awesome. He spends most of his days sleeping until 3PM before getting up to work at home. When he isn’t in the city, he’s off gallivanting around Spain and Germany (when he’s not enjoying a weekend trip to Amsterdam or Paris). In addition to being all shades of awesome, he also knows that making good food involves using organic ingredients like herbed croutons, balsamic vinegar and tomatoes to brighten up a salad (both visually and in terms of its flavor profile).

First off, we made the salad with lettuce, red peppers, cucumber, onion, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mushrooms and a mix of spices.

After we created the salad, we made a ‘homemade’ salad dressing using only the best ingredients along with some Thai paste, lemon juice, organic olive oil and Pinot Noir vinegar, sundried tomato flakes, garlic salt and garlic powder:

The salad could only be described as fantastic; fresh flavors, delicious croutons and a little touch of spice. I like my food hot, but for those who don’t, go easy on the red Thai paste.

We were a bit unconventional in eating the salad before making the chicken, but hey—sometimes we all need a break before diving into the hard work. The final result was pumpkin-risotto stuffed chicken breasts that were (you guessed it) all kinds of AWESOME!

Pumpkin with chicken is something I have actually never tried, but boy, do they complement one another. The smoothness of the risotto and the texture of the chicken marry together so well. This is no Kardashian wedding. This is A Tom Hanks-Rita Wilson affair. The chicken supports the amazing talent of the pumpkin risotto and lets it shine.

It goes without saying that we were sipping (okay, sipping in my case, slurping in Josh’s) sparkling wine through both the cooking and eating portions of the night. Drink of choice? Sofia (named for the director), Blanc de Blancs. Fruity and affordable, the Coppola’s have never done me wrong, whether it be in the wine department or in their cinematic masterpieces.

Next on the agenda? Spice sugar cookies, before and after shots (and spy some of that delicious wine):

We were going to see a movie, but we were stuffed, just like that yummy chicken. The night ended with watching a Steve Carell movie and viewing the new Ab Fab anniversary episode online. After that, I passed out. The food had definitely filled me up. Or maybe it was the wine…

Here are some recipes to get you inspired to make your own meal!

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup with White Truffle Oil
How to Make Risotto
Roasted Chicken with Risotto and Caramelized Onions
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Feta Cheese and Spinach
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Have you made a homemade meal lately? A fantastic crockpot dish, a soup, a salad, a dessert? SHARE it with us! Send us a pic of the final results and you can end up on the blog, or share your favorite cooking tip in the COMMENTS!

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  • Gerd

    I love cooking! I made a fantastic tofu mexican stir fry the other day! It was a mix of many ethnic foods and I loved it!

  • Ellen

    Cool post. I love risottos! :DDD

  • Maryanne

    I made a stuffed chicken dish last night. SO GOOD! I will try risotto next time.

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