Breakfast/ Dessert/ Dinner


Hi guys!

Thank you so much for the little break last night. I really needed it! I know I am pretty personal on the blog but of course there are things going on in my life that I can’t share with the entire world wide web, but be assured all is fine! Everyone needs a little rest sometimes. I took some time to catch up on my reading materials—

If you are looking for a great book on wine, Windows on the World: Complete Wine Course is IT! This is a totally awesome and thorough book, and the one I used in my wine class at school. I love to look through it and refresh myself on my wine trivia from time to time! 🙂

Last night I also made an interesting, and surprisingly gourmet, little dinner for myself. Risotto has been on my mind since I made mushroom risotto for 22 people last week (was that only last week?!) and so tonight I did a little re-make, just for myself.


No recipe, really, just a hodge-podge of stuff I had laying around the house. I cooked the risotto slowly in a mix of Murphy-Goode Chard (yeahhh) and water since I was out of chicken stock. Then, I threw in two spoonfuls of creamy herbed goat cheese, lemon zest, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. And then for the grand finale, I topped it all off with…….an egg?


Don’t gag, it actually went amazingly well together! I cooked the egg so the white was set but the yolk was still runny and the combo of the soft rice and the runny yolk was comfort food at its finest. I actually felt like I was in a tiny bistro in Paris and enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay with my meal. The lemon zest made the risotto *pop* and I highly recommend the addition. Overall, the whole meal was uniquely stellar and I will definitely re-create this in the future!

I ate while watching Ange in her super cute “vlog” last night (yes, I’m behind in google reader…again..sigh)


The obvious—


And then I went to bed.

This morning I woke up feeling a lot better about everything and very excited to try a new breakfast I have seen floating around on the blogworld for months now. It involves two things that I love!



Yep, I finally got around to making my oatmeal in the almond butter jar!! There was the right amount of almond butter left and so separately I cooked the oats on the stove in vanilla soymilk, cinnamon and sea salt, then I added blueberries and poured the hot oats into the jar. OMG!!!




It was magical.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, Adam’s remix. He’s disgustingly talented, no?!

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  • april
    July 30, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I’m glad you got your rest!
    Oats in a jar is pretty much genius.. it’s so darn yummy!!

  • Leianna
    July 30, 2009 at 8:58 am

    That risotto and egg combo looks good to me! And TJ’s oatmeal in a jar is always good! Enjoy your rest and reading:)

  • Help Meghan Run
    July 30, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Nothing better than oats in a jar. 😀 I had oats w/ almond butter and blueberries this morning, too, but no jar for me.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    July 30, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Glad you had a nice, relaxing night! Everyone needs a break every once in a while. In fact, I took the day off of physical activity yesterday to take a little break myself!

    SOOOOOOOOO jealous of that AB Jar Oatmeal. I have been dying to do that!!!!! SO yummy!

    Hope today is great for you, Jenna!

  • Jenna
    July 30, 2009 at 9:02 am

    i’ve been wanting to try oats in an almond butta jar!! YUM!! I’m not a runny yolk person so sorry your dinner made my tummy cringe a bit! But I do love your cute cute jammies!! they look comfy.

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    July 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Glad you are feeling better!

    I love over easy eggs on top of savory oatbran, I’ll have to try it with risotto!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    July 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Risotta with a runny egg on top sounds divine.

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    July 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

    er…make that risotto

  • Hilary (Red Head, Yellow Dog)
    July 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

    ahh so many things in this post that I love

    1. poisonwood bible (SO good! I made my mom & step dad read it when I finished it!)
    2. risotto (need to get some white wine to make it again!!)
    3. those cookies. totally bring back childhood memories of reaching into the freezer for one of those. oh man. perfect chocolate to cookie ratio.

    glad all is becoming right in your world again 🙂 sometimes we just need a moment to breeeeattthh

  • MarathonVal
    July 30, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I love the idea of risotto and an egg on top! Risotto is SO fun to make, dinner guests are always impressed, and I love how it is so versatile – you can throw in whatever ingredients you have lying around but no matter what it always ends up tasting great!

  • meghan
    July 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

    that video is amazingly disgusting. he has some really cute shots of you on it!

    glad you’re feeling better. 🙂

  • Crunchy Granola Gal
    July 30, 2009 at 9:21 am

    mmm… now i’m thinking of all of these random egg combinations. for some reason egg/avocado sandwich sounds delicious. something new to try for sure!

  • Shelly
    July 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

    If you like Risotto with lemon zest, you should try making the risotto that way, then wrapping it and a little mozarella inside blanched swiss chard leaves. You put the wraps in a pan with some chicken broth, then bake at 350 until the cheese melts. (maybe 20 minutes?) (Inspired by this Mark Bittman Recipe

  • Shelly
    July 30, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Actually, that was a video demo- here’s the actual recipe.

  • Ashley
    July 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I’m glad things have settled down for ya Jenna!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    July 30, 2009 at 9:35 am

    i occasionally top my oats with an egg, but I’ve never thought to do it with risotto! I’m sure it would be delish!

  • Bree
    July 30, 2009 at 9:40 am

    That’s an amazing video! Glad you are rested and feeling better this morning.

  • Low
    July 30, 2009 at 9:54 am

    The Poisonwood Bible is one of my fave reads of all time!

    Glad you got some R&R, you deserved it!

  • Ally
    July 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

    That dinner looked AMAZING. Holy cow that risotto looks good and I love eggs with…anything!! You are a genious. I have to try and make risotto now!

  • Jaime (Embracing Balance)
    July 30, 2009 at 9:58 am

    LOVE the video. You are such a lucky girl to have been a part of all of that!!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    July 30, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Mmm, savory egg + creamy risotto sounds divine! I can definitely picture that meal being served in a french bistro. I’d like a glass of wine right about now…

  • Courtney
    July 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Oat question. What kind or brand of oats do you use?


  • Erin
    July 30, 2009 at 10:16 am

    The Poisonwood Bible is a fantastic book — I hope you’ve also read her Animal, Vegetable, Miracle which, along with An Omnivore’s Dilemma, really changed the way I see food. Highly recommended. 🙂

  • Susan
    July 30, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Ha, I think I’ve been eating more nut butter lately just so I can have more oats in a jar! SO GOOD!!

  • Maria
    July 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Haha, yes Adam is a genius!

    Wow, that risotto meal does sound disgusting…disgustingly amazing! The egg on top really does sound delicious!

    Ah, the classic oats in a jar 😉

  • amani
    July 30, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Is it just me, or does that Risotto look like grits? Maybe it’s just my southern roots talkin’

  • Danielle J.
    July 30, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Thank you for posting your egg and risotto mix. I made some risotto yesterday afternoon and have some left and was trying to come up with something else to do with it other than pairing it with meat – and eggs sound like they would be so yummy!

  • allijag
    July 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Love those pajama pants! 🙂 So glad you had a nice nite “off” 🙂

  • Cynthia (It all changes)
    July 30, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Glad you got some rest and relaxation you needed.

    I love the combo of egg on stuff like that. Its a nice creamy, gooey yumminess we all need sometimes. To me that is comfort food.

  • Whitney
    July 30, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Books+cheese+oatsinajar= heaveninapost. Have a good day love!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    July 30, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Why won’t one of my nut butters run out so I can make nut butter oats!? I’m so jealous of everyone who’s been getting to do this!!

    That egg meal looks delicious Jenna. Your food always looks so gourmet! Le Cordon Bleu must be proud 🙂

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    July 30, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Wow, that dinner looks delicious last night. Light, healthy, and tasty! 🙂

    Gotta love the oats in a jar!

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    July 30, 2009 at 11:00 am

    That dinner looks so simple and tasty! Glad you were able to get some rest

  • Deva
    July 30, 2009 at 11:01 am

    That dinner looks amazing. 🙂 I love rissottos 🙂

  • Ada
    July 30, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Adam is insanely talented indeed! That video was quite impressive:)

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    July 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I would love to be able to make a yummy rissotto like that!! Any good tips?

  • AshB
    July 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

    the poisonwood bible is so good!!!

  • britt
    July 30, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Glad you’re feeling better. I still haven’t tried oatmeal in a jar. Need to get on that. Maybe in the fall when it’s cooler. Have a good day!!

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    July 30, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Ange’s vlog was great hey!

  • Jennie
    July 30, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Does anyone know what the song is playing in Adam’s remix?

  • Holly
    July 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

    loving that risotto!

  • Rebecca
    July 30, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Adam’s remix is awesome!! I loved the original too!! MM I want risotto now!!

  • Jessica
    July 30, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Wow that is a fantastic video! Got some cute pics of you in there 😉

  • Kristen
    July 30, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I love the video remix! Does anyone know what song Adam used (the 1st one)? I want to add it to my exercise playlist! 🙂

  • Ariel
    July 30, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Kristen –
    It’s “Paper Planes” by MIA

  • Mary (Food & Fun)
    July 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    yum…Oatmeal in a jar. I definitely need to try it out ! Looks so delicious!!!

  • Olga
    July 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I LOVED the Poisonwood Bible. Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing writer!

  • HeatherBakes
    July 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I love making risotto! You’re forced to just chill out and stir.

  • Rebeca
    July 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm


    I neeeeeed to try that breakfast 🙂

    Wow, Adam is amazing that video great!

  • Kristen
    July 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks, Ariel! 🙂

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    July 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    The risotto looks and sounds amazing. I’m glad to know the trick about using wine and water if you don’t have stock. I usually have wine – but not always stock in the pantry. I wonder what that says about me. 🙂

  • Danielle
    July 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    whoa, i had that EXACT breakfast this morning using that EXACT brand of almond butter. too…weird…

  • JB
    July 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    you’ve discovered the magic of oats in a jar! mmmm, so good! just out of curiosity, what’s the tattoo on your foot? 🙂

  • Sarah
    July 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Good for you for taking a much needed rest. Hope all is well!

  • Jess
    July 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I put poached eggs on my rice stir-fries.

  • Amy
    July 30, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I am glad you got a breather last night- how is Ryan? I haven’t heard you mention him as you had been for a while- is he still on the scene?

  • Amy
    July 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    also- I do realize that you two live together, but it doen’t mean you HAVE to do or be anything- just wondering since you talk so openly about things

  • Erin
    July 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I think that egg on the risotto looks magnificent! I woulda had to have a burnt slice of toast and butter on the side too, but wow, girl, brillz! Glad you took a breather last night. We all need them.

  • Meghan
    July 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    OMG I LOVE THE POISONWOOD BIBLE. Actually, I love Barbara Kingsolver in general..I did my senior thesis on her books!

    Also, I found those cookies at Target today for a good price!

  • Brooke (HomegirlCanEat)
    July 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Risotto and eggs sound amazing together! Anything with a runny yolk is good 🙂 ALMOST as GOODE as that video!!! He is incredible!!!

  • Nicole
    July 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    The bright yellow color of the egg yolk against your snow white risotto is beau-ti-FULL!!! I don’t see how anyone could ‘gag’ from your meal – looks awesome. But then again, all your meals look great 🙂

  • Jen Papaya
    July 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Are you reading The Poisonwood Bible?? Barbara Kingsolver is my absolute favorite author! If you haven’t read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle go buy it right now. It is non-fiction and all about eating natural, local foods. I loved it. All of her other fiction novels are amazing also!

  • Amanda C
    July 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    GREAT GREAT GREAT video! Thanks for sharing….Amanda C

  • Organic Ashley
    July 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Dang Adam’s remix is amazing. It seems like you all had so much fun!!

  • Angela
    July 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    That oatmeal in a jar looks so delicious…and easy! It would be great for camping, no??

    Thanks for the shoutout! =)

  • Cyndi
    July 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I totally enjoyed Adam’s video – thank you for sharing … love the Lucy reference, am I the only person that reads your blog that gets it? It made me laugh out loud thank you.

    I enjoy all of your posts – you have a wonderful energy! Thank you so much for sharing your life and knowledge.

  • Jenna
    October 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    how do you make oatmeal with bananas in it?