May 24, 2011

I May Be Crazy But I Can Make Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese!

All of my negative traits must be forgiven, for I can make some killer risotto.

And cookies.

But really, I am a CLUMSY MESS. It’s not a joke. My attention span is unreal. I’m either unable to focus on anything, or I’m hyper focused on one thing. Luckily, I tend to be hyper focused at work, as long as I have my music on.

A typical Whole Foods shopping adventure for me includes a)knocking something over, b)dropping something, c)ramming something or someone with my cart, d)losing my cart, or e)all of the above. Today, while purchasing Arborio rice for my dinner, I had a moment. You know those bins at Whole Foods? I had pulled down the handle to release Arborio rice into my bag and then heard my phone go off and for some reason, I just walked away. While the handle was still down.

I made it rain Arborio rice all over that place.

This girl looked at me like I was all sorts of stupid, but I looked at her and laughed, because really, how serious could this be? It’s freaking rice. It costs like 2 cents and you have to laugh at life, right?arborio


I walked out of Whole Foods and chuckled to myself the entire ride home. Then the cooking began! I was in the mood for something comforting, so the beet risotto that Lucy’s mom had made us came to mind. It was time to recreate her masterpiece!

I used a combination of her recipe and one that Jenna recently posted on Tasty Kitchen.DSC_3008

Beet Risotto


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-3 medium beets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 3 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • crumbled goat cheese, for topping


1. Warm the olive oil over medium heat in a medium pot.

2. Add the beets and onion, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the rice, chicken broth, and balsamic vinegar. Increase the heat. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the rice is tender and the risotto is creamy, stirring occasionally (about 15 minutes).

4. Season with salt and pepper and add the thyme. Sprinkle with the goat cheese. Serve immediately.

While chopping the beets, I nicked my palm with the knife. Then I realized I had no idea if I had broken the skin because my entire hand was red anyway! Aren’t beets fun?!beetslookbloody

Despite spilling rice and cutting my palm, this meal was ridiculously good. It was creamy and comforting with a nice hint of thyme. The goat cheese balanced out the tangy balsamic and also added to the creaminess. I’m kind of glad I didn’t invite any friends over because I want this alllllllllll to myself!DSC_3005

Along with the beets, I had some Swiss chard that I sautéed in olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper. Quite a colorful meal. DSC_3014

Now apparently I am not the only crazy in Charleston. Check out this dude I spotted walking down King Street last weekend. HOT PANTS! They are bright yellow and his hair is blue. I found it to be such perfect timing that he was walking by a fire hydrant when I spotted him. They match!



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  • Omg. LOL. I really understand the attention span thing…I am always off in my own world and hardly ever pay attention to what is going on around me. I laughed so hard at that rice and the yellow pants man…BAHHAHAHAHHA. I LOVE goat cheese (but who doesn’t), I’d love to try that meal! Looks fancy.

    (While I was leaving you this comment I totally forgot that I was on a tech support chat and ignored the guy I was talking to. Prime example.) 😀

  • I’ve got toooo many beets from my CSA last week, I need to make this recipe! 

  • Omg he does match the fire hydrant exactly.

  • that looks amazing!!  i have definitely starred this to make ASAP!

  • I heart your tattoo and your love of beets. I didn’t know freaks like that existed in Charleston!

  • I’m confused as to why you didn’t ask yellow hot pants guy out on a date??? He seems like a catch! LOL!

    • oh i’m sure he is, but that blue hair made me nervous. 😉

  • Kerr

    I love risotto but I have never made it at home. You have inspired me to try it out. I will try not to walk away from the bin with the handle down!

    • this one is to easy not to try bc you do’nt have to gradually add the rice
      then liquid. do it!

  • itzyskitchen

    hahahhaha….I always bust out laughing when I do stuff like that too 🙂 The risotto looks aesome. Gosh I miss goat cheese.

  • too funny, i actually thought of you when i saw this recipe! glad you made it!

  • Perhaps it’s a good thing that we don’t shop at the same places, it would be a disaster!  I like that you just laughed at the girl who was staring at you because that’s what I would have done and what else can you do?

  • Miss_Smart

    Never fear Christina…June 13th is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day. I was already planning on celebrating…care to join me? 🙂

    [PS. Your beet risotto looks wonderful!]

    • hahahah really!?!? i’m celebrating!!

  • Melissanibbles

    I love that yellow pantsed man.

    • if i see him again, i will steal him for you and ship him to Mass.

  • THE COLORS IN THAT MEAL ARE BEAUTIFUL! When I saw the recipe on Jenna’s page I thought about bookmarking it but then did not trust myself with making it! Good job!

    I think that girl in the grocery store just needed to be told to Live a little and laugh a lot! haha I love when funny accidents happen and people take them very serious.

  • Lauren

    that risotto looks AMAZE! I need some! 

  • Haha! I’m glad that I’m not the only clumsy one. I always like to think of myself as graceful, but I prove otherwise pretty much every day, haha! 😛

    Also, I love that the guy in the last shot matches the fire hydrant… brilliant!

  • Bonne Sante

    this being clumsy has GOT to be a lefty thing. I am the exact same way. It’s not our fault the world was built for righties!

    haha, great post 🙂

  • I’m totally clumsy too. And I have fun with it. 😉 I like your pile of rice.

    The risotto looks AMAZING. I love the color and the texture looks great. Must try and make that soon. I have never even attempted to make risotto… guess it’s easier than I thought.

  • ok so first of all, I have shopped along that street before. Saying that makes me feel close to you haha

    Due Christina… the risotto tasted so good because it probably had some of your blood mixed in with the beets. jk!

    Oh and my bad on the rice because it was probably me texting you about SunDrop. haha


  • that beet risotto looks so good! its still been freezing up here so all i’ve wanted lately is warm comfort food.

    hahah love that you forgot that the rice was still coming out. and awesome that you laughed. i prob would have run.

  • LOL thats hysterical. Ive been there. I once leaned over to put something back (coincidentally, also at Whole Foods) and a HUGE tub of yogurt fell and splattered everywhere. Worst part is, I HAD NO IDEA. my friend was like- didnt you just see what you just DID?! and I was like- uh..no? only to look behind me and see a huge puddle of yogurt. Nice, Lisa, niiiice.

    risotto sounds so yummy!!! 🙂

  • Yum!  It looks so good!  The best part is getting red hands, right?  I love how you can laugh at yourself.  The Whole Foods incident is something that totally would happen to me too. 🙂

  • Ok, the pictures of that guy is hysterical–he’s color coordinated to the fire hydrant!
    Your meal has such vibrant colors, I love it!

  • Never tried beets.  Not sure I can get over the color of ’em.  And that whole texture thing?  I dunno!!!

    My hubby (and Dad) can make a mean shrimp risotto, though – yuuuuuum!

  • i am pretty sure i do not like beets. however, whatever it is that you’re eating looks yummy. perhaps i’ll just have you prepare it for me and call it a day? also, frickles on the side. pleaseandthanks.

    • Come to chs and I will!!

      • i just might take you up on that offer, xtina!

  • OMG only in Chs would a hetero guy wear those pants with confidence. That is too funny about Whole Foods! 

  • ooh yeah. beets + goat cheese are a match made in heaven! looks yum. and vibrant.

  • hahaha that’s hilarious about the rice. I would SO do that. You’re right, you just gotta laugh! 

    That risotto looks awesome!

  • Haha I did the exact same thing with buckwheat groats at WF last week!! I think it`s the bulk bins` fault, not ours. 😉

  • Get that man’s digits! Hello hottie! ha! Now that is a man ; )

    This beet dish looks amazing, worth the red hands from the beets , I love beets and goat cheese together, best combo!

    Love ya girl! Hope your week is great!! xoxo

  • the risotto looks awesome and so do those yellow pants. HA! 

  • erperkin

    That’s Mr. Jeffery Rhodes injecting some color into the sea of khakis! 
    I enjoy your blog!

    • wait a minute…are you saying the man in that pic is jeffery rhodes???

  • Yellow pants blue hair dude definitely stretches the southern gentleman stereotype! Haha

    Looove this risotto recipe! You are a beet goddess.

  • The color on this is so nice. Would be perfect for valentines’ day!

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