Do you have a Death Row Meal? You know, the one you would order for you last meal should you find yourself awaiting death by lethal injection at the hands of the state? What? You haven’t thought about it? Well, you should. Everyone should have a death row meal. It makes for great cocktail conversation.
We typically cook up something mouthwatering on Saturday nights at our house. Then, we put on some dinner music (usually standards like the Rat Pack, but sometimes Billy Joel, here of late), we pour the wine and enjoy. We have chosen to re-create the restaurant experience at home. We love eating out, but it is expensive and, typically, we can cook just as well in the comfort of our own home and the experience is equally as good or better. There is the clean-up, sure, but the ambiance in our kitchen is perfect (more on that in another post) and we’ve come to really look forward to our Saturday nights in. Sometimes we have guests, but mostly it’s just the two of us.
The inspiration for the title of this post was the two dishes that we enjoyed last Saturday.
My friend Sara (you remember Sarah, my friend and guest blogger) introduced us to Chef Hazan’s meals by cooking for us in her home. We bought one of his out-of-print cookbooks, and life has never been the same. Go ahead and visit his blog. You won’t be sorry. Every single one of his meals are authentic italian and mouthwatering creations. They are easy to make and are of restaurant quality.
We all know how I feel about Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. Well, her Risotto will make your eyes roll into the back of your head while moaning inappropriately. It’s that good. It’s cheesy and creamy and has a soft bite to it without being mushy. It’s perfection on a plate. I made the Risotto and Michael made the filet. Life was good.
Some quotes that could be heard in my kitchen while we were enjoying this meal:
“This is my new death row meal.”
“This risotto is perfection.”
“This meal trumps everything else.”
“If we served this to Ryan (my brother-in-law), he would never leave.”
“You couldn’t get a meal as good as this anywhere in this town. This is as good as it gets!”
Make it this weekend for someone you love.
Just for fun, what’s your death row meal?