Baker’s Dozen

For those of you new to this blog, our mission is to cook recipes from different countries around the world. We try to stick to traditional recipes or popular recipes for the most part. It’s been a great way for us to try new foods and learn about different cultures. My favorite part about our journey is that the kids are fully involved. They pick the countries, cook with us and of course provide their “spoon ratings” to the dish. It’s been a great experience for all four of us and we’ve learned so much – especially the kids, but us grown-ups too.

But, as you may have noticed, things get a little off-focus in the summer – and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We have birthdays, anniversaries and vacations all of which we celebrate to the fullest. It’s a little taste of our family’s culture and traditions if you will. So this week, I’m putting our vacation post and French recipes on hold because Mike is whisking me away for the weekend. This week we celebrated 13 wonderful years together – a full baker’s dozen. 13 years

Not to worry though, I won’t leave you without a bit of deliciousness. We were fortunate enough to find fresh morels at the farmer’s market this week. Instantly we knew what we were going to make for our anniversary dinner. morels

A morel risotto. We love our risottos and we especially love an earthy, savory risotto. This recipe did not disappoint. fresh morel risotto

It had that umami type flavor – at least for us. The morels are similar to a truffle. They are earthy, meaty, mushroom-y, but slightly sweeter than truffles. risotto

It was just the flavors we were hoping for and made for a fabulous anniversary dinner. morel and shiitake risotto

Needless to say, it was four spoons for both Mike and I. We cooked and served this one after the kids went to bed. :) So, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some fresh morels, take advantage. They certainly live up to the hype and deliver an amazing flavor. fresh morels risotto dinner

Print this recipe: Morel Risotto

But if morels and mushrooms or risottos aren’t your thing, since Mike and I are off to Michigan I thought I’d share a few delicious recipes from the Great Lakes State. Enjoy and see you next week for our regular programming (or regular summer programming anyway).

Cherry Apricot Crisp

Cherry Apricot Crisp

Peach Blueberry Crisp

Peach Blueberry Crisp

Salmon over Spinach with Cherry Sauce

Salmon over Spinach with Cherry Sauce

Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry Cheesecake

47 comments on “Baker’s Dozen

  1. What a fantastic way to share the wonders of global cuisine with your children (and yourselves, lol)! :) That risotto looks fabulous–I love a good risotto. So glad I found your blog. Congratulations on your anniversary! :)

  2. Karen says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary. It sounds like it was lovely.

  3. I’m not sure how I missed this tasty post, but I’m glad I spied it now…I wouldn’t want to miss the recipe for the morel risotto! That’s a winner. :-) And all the berry crisps…and so on and so on…A very tasty post. :-)

    12 Homes?!? WOW! :-)

  5. Purely.. Kay says:

    You know how I feel about salmon. And I remember these dishes. You certainly know how to make me hungry Kristy :). Congrats on you and Mike’s anniversary. You guys do everything I would do for the weekend ;)

  6. Mary says:

    Ohhhh!!! I got all teary!!! 7 cars – wow! many congratulations and lots of love on your anniversary :))
    Mary x

  7. Raymund says:

    Wow congratulations and happy anniversary, wishing you more anniversaries to come

  8. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!

  9. Congratulations! It’s truly a blessing when couples work through the tough bits and stay together for so long. I hope I can find those mushrooms here, they may not be available at this time of year in our area yet?? But I’m going to be on a hunt, I would love that risotto for dinner!! Have a wonderful holiday!!xx

  10. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Happy Anniversary Kristy & Mike! Love the special card with fun facts about you two! Morel Risotto looks delicious and all the Michigan recipe round up makes me hungry! Love being a part of your family blog and receive a piece of happiness from you guys!

  11. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles says:

    Oh, Happy, Happy, Anniversary Kristy & Mike! A full baker’s dozen is indeed a beautiful milestone and that chalkboard greeting is just beyond. So thoughtful! I was going to congratulate Mike for this gesture and then I realized how incredibly sexist that would be as it could have been written by either one of you! 12 homes and 7 cars — really? Wowza. Lucky you being whisked away… cannot wait to hear more about your tryst (well, the parts you want to share with us anyway ;-)). I couldn’t agree more, things should get off-focus in the summertime! May you enjoy every moment.

    • Kristy says:

      I can think Pinterest for the chalkboard idea. It’s funny, I never really spend any time on the site, but came across this and knew it was what I wanted to do. :) As for the 12 homes…our first year we moved quite a bit. Fortunately it slowed down after year two. :) And our tryst was fabulous – Michigan’s rolling farm fields, forests, wineries, beaches and a quaint little B&B. Perfection.

  12. Norma Chang says:

    I too join in the chorus to wish you and Mike Happy 13th Anniversary. Wishing you many, many more.
    Lovely basket of morels.

  13. Deborah says:

    Happy 13 years!! I hope you had a wonderful anniversary.

    I’ve never had morels. They are on my foodie bucket list!

  14. Best “card” ever! Congrats.

  15. Happy Anniversary Kristy and Mike! Wishing you many more wonderful, happy and blessed years together! The sign is such a sweet and thoughtful idea, especially the last line :) (though the houses and cars one caused me to pause, wow that’s a lot of moving)
    Thank you for the recipe round up, just this afternoon I was searching for cherry recipes to use up some cherries I have in the fridge. Now I think I need to buy some more cherries to make all these great recipes

    • Kristy says:

      Thank you Sawsan. We did do a lot of moving early in our marriage (Mike was picking a grad school). Then once he finished his Phd we moved for his job, then moved back again. We’ve actually been in our house now longer than anywhere else. It feels good – but strange too. ;) Enjoy your cherries – I need to go get some more for the weekend as well!

  16. Happy Anniversary you two! What an adorable sign…I love it and may steal the idea soon for our anniversary. That mushroom risotto looks like the perfect meal to celebrate with. Enjoy your time together and away from “it all”. —Geni

    • Kristy says:

      Steal away Geni! I myself stole it from pinterest. I never would have been that creative on my own. ;) And the getaway was perfect!!! We did get away from “it all!” Loved it. :)

  17. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy anniversary Kristy and Mike! What a lovely benchmark, particularly in this day and age. I remember my first morel experience — we were visiting friends in Stein Am Rhein just outside Zurich and my friend Sylvia bought fresh morels, OMG! What an incredible flavour. She also made a very delicious risotto. The creamy texture goes so well with the earthy, sweet flavour if the morels.
    Hope your weather has been nice, we’re experiencing more fall like temperatures and lots of rain lately. We almost turned in the heat at the cottage last night :(.

    • Kristy says:

      Fortunately the weather on our getaway cooperated. Since we’ve been home it’s been cold and wet. Miserable for a summer. I just keep hoping it will get sunny and hot. I’m craving hot weather terribly! Thank you for the anniversary wishes. Thirteen years is amazing. It’s not always easy, but totally worth it!

  18. ChgoJohn says:

    Happy Anniversary! Way to go, Mike, whisking away your Bride for a fantastic weekend! I hope you two have a wonderful time.
    Oh! That’s a great round-up you gathered for us. Yum!

    • Kristy says:

      It was wonderful of him to whisk me away. :) Loved every minute of it! It’s hard to beat Michigan. It’s only a few hours away, but feels a world away.

  19. hotlyspiced says:

    Happy Anniversary and congratulations and how lovely to be going away for a weekend to celebrate. You’ve certainly had a lot of cars and houses in your 13 years! I love mushroom risottos and they are perfect for this time of year (our winter) xx

    • Kristy says:

      Yes – lots of homes and cars. Fortunately we’ve been pretty settled for the last few years, but there’s something about that that makes me antsy. ;)

  20. Dawn says:

    I have such fond memories of my husband (boyfriend at the time) in NYC looking at the morels at Dean & Deluca longingly. One year he bought me some for a gift… Congratulations Kristy!!! I hope you have a fantastic weekend away!!

  21. Congratulations! We love morels up here in northern Michigan! Have a lovely trip – it’s beautiful up here this time of year.

  22. Charles says:

    Oh my God, you’ll laugh – I was reading down and then I saw the photo and that distracted me so I started reading the sign and my brain started thinking it was for Mr N’s birthday (yeah, I know… 13…? Not just yet I don’t think). I started reading down the list and I was all like “bottles of wine shared?? O.o”.

    Ok, now it’s clear what it’s actually about – Happy Anniversary guys! So many houses in such a short time… yikes, rather you than me! I hope you had a great day! I never had morels before (or even saw them)… they do look funny. Like a crusty old twig or something that cat plays with and then plays away under the couch, only to be retrieved a year later. I’m sure they taste nice though, and a risotto sounds like the perfect kind of dish to appreciate their flavours! :)

    • Kristy says:

      LOL! This cracked me up! That said, Mr. N will be 13 in no time I’m sure. Only four more years!!! Ack! No wine for him at 13 though (or at 9). Morels definitely look funny. If I hadn’t heard such wonderful things about them, I might have been deterred from trying them. Glad I did though. You would most certainly like them – they are like a fabulous mushroom.

  23. Happy 13th my friend, this is so special :D


  24. Happy 13th anniversary to you both. What a lovely couple you are and such an inspiration to us all. :-) Mandy xo

  25. A_Boleyn says:

    Congratulations on the 13th anniversary. What a lovely dinner assortment.

    I’ve only made risotto once … a long time ago and pre-camera days but it was very tasty. Definitely time to make it again though unfortunately I probably won’t be able to find morels to use. I do have some tasty black truffle oil that I can drizzle over a saffron version.

    • Kristy says:

      Thank you Maria! And I would definitely recommend making risotto again. It’s one of our favorite dishes. And the truffle saffron combo sounds perfect! :)

  26. sallybr says:

    Well, well, well… I stopped by half an hour ago, wondering if there would be a new post that somehow did not make it to my email notification. Nope. Then, all of a sudden, the email arrives with a new post! Should we both play the lotto? :-)

    Congrats on 13 years! What a beautiful journey you are going through…. and thanks for sharing it with your lucky readers….

    • Kristy says:

      Wouldn’t that be lovely to win the lottery! :) Thank you Sally! I think it’s fun we were married in the same year. It has been a great journey so far. Can’t wait for more to come!

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