Did you think that I forgot about my Cookbook Challenge?!? I love a good challenge, so there’s no way that I could have forgetten! (I actually cooked this recipe last Wednesday night, but never blogged about it! )
Back in July 2008, I received The Bon Appetit Cookbook as a wedding gift, but nearly 2.5 years later, I have yet to make a single recipe from it. How pathetic.
The first recipe that I chose to make from this cookbook was Roasted Garlic and Wild Mushroom Risotto. It sounded simple enough!
I had hoped to find the recipe online, so I just could link to it, but, unfortunately, I had no such luck. However, I found a very similar recipe from Sandra Lee for Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Risotto. It has a lot of the same ingredients, but instead of porcini mushrooms, it calls for any type of “sliced mushrooms,” which is exactly what I used in the Bon Appetit recipe! (I don’t even know where to buy porcini mushrooms. Does a regular grocery store sell them?)
So, I basically took a “fancy” recipe it brought it down to my cooking level, which is that of the Real Simple Best Recipes cookbook. I’m telling ya, I’m not much of a chef. I’m much better at eating than cooking!
The Roasted Garlic and Wild Mushroom Risotto came out really well. It was actually a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. I added chunks of chicken breast and spring greens to the mix– and called it a meal. I’d definitely make this recipe again. Delish!
The Bon Appetit Cookbook is pretty intimidating to me, but I’m not giving up on it so easily. I also picked out a fun cookie recipe to bake from it later this week. It may or may not involve chunks of Butterfinger!
P.S. If you haven’t heard already, Angela from Oh She Glows is a finalist in Project Food Blog. Please VOTE for her!!!