Welcome to 2021!

Meatless Mondays are back and I can't wait to discover some new meals to satisfy my family of somewhat picky eaters.

For my first dish of the year for this column, I decided I wanted to try something I have never made,  but anyways wanted to — risotto.

Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese

Staff Writer Kate Harlow's first attempt at risotto was successful with this yummy pumpkin risotto.

Risotto is an Italian dish that can be dressed up or down much like mac and cheese, but posher sounding. 

It is a dish that I have ordered many times at restaurants, but never attempted to make on my own. I don't know why, but I felt it would be too hard to make at home.

But last Monday, I was determined to try.

As I've proclaimed in an earlier Take 5 column where I successfully made a fellow writer, Ty Rushing, eat his words, I love pretty much all things pumpkin including savory dishes. 

I found a recipe for a Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese from Platings and Pairings that I was dying to taste. I found that risotto isn't hard to make, it just requires some babysitting. 

The result? After I topped the risotto with from fresh parsley, crumbled goat cheese and a handful of craisins it was simply delicious. 

Anna eating Risotto

This Pumpkin Risotto got a thumbs-up from daughter Anna.

My mouth is watering while I write about it. 

The best part, my daughter loved it as much as I did.