Oh man, Y’ALL… last night?? I was hit with a major case of food poisoning around 1am. It was AWFUL. I was lying in bed and all of a sudden felt really dizzy. I sat up and immediately threw up everywhere. It was insane. I’ve never had food poisoning before and I cannot believe how fast it hit. The whole episode lasted about an hour- just lots of vertigo, cold sweats and throwing up- but I seriously have never felt that bad before. I think I’ve scarred poor Brian for life (and Isla too, who just happened to be in our bed when it hit). And of course the kids were out of school today, which is just perfect timing for a sick mama. Luckily I felt much better this morning and Jack & Isla were fine with having a pretty low-key day.

Now that THAT loveliness is out of the way…

I finally tried risotto in the Instant Pot! My absolute favorite risotto recipe is this lemon-mascarpone version from Giada, but you have to stir constantly for half an hour and who has time for that? I also do not serve mine in a cup carved from a lemon. OMGiada. Anyway, I ran across this recipe for lemon-pepper risotto made in the instant pot and decided to give it a shot. It’s really simple- you saute a diced onion in olive oil, add the arborio rice and toast for a minute, deglaze with lemon juice, pour in chicken stock & lemon zest and set on manual for 6 minutes. Once the timer goes off, you actually remove the inner pot (to halt the cooking), stir for a minute and then add cheese and butter. I added fresh parsley as well. We had it with stuffed salmon and roasted asparagus:

Pretty good! I want to try the mushroom version next.

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