Recently my daughter and I stopped at my mother's house for dinner while my father happened to be away on a fishing trip. Dad is the kind of guy who has to have meat with every meal so when it's just us girls, Mom likes to make something a little different. It was 90-degrees out that day but we were craving the taste of Fall, so Mom made butternut squash risotto with an easy panzanella salad on the side. Both recipes are below.
I had just picked up my Autumn wine club shipment from Prairie Berry Winery so we reached for the the 2014 Anna Pesä Chardonnay included in the shipment.
The winemaker at Prairie Berry is a fifth generation South Dakotan, and I happen to be as well. In fact, my mother, my daughter, and I ate this meal on my great-great-grandmother's dishes. Well, because she is a one-year-old, my daughter ate her giant helping of risotto off a plastic plate with a picture of a pig on it, but some day we will trust her to eat off the heirloom dishes.
Mom's risotto and panzanella recipes are below. Measurements are not specific as my mother refuses to follow a recipe, which is probably why her cooking is so good. Enjoy these dishes on a crisp Fall day with a nice glass of wine.