Celebrating my Mom and a Risotto Recipe to die for

07 Feb
Celebrating my Mom and a Risotto Recipe to die for

We are getting close to Valentines day, and  I can’t help but share a story about helping my mom find love. Yes. I had tried for years to set her up with patients at my dental office with no luck. I thought about matching her up with a guy from my meditation group, but that didn’t pan out either. For many years my mom was single. My dad and her divorced when I was 14 and neither of them remarried. That is until a few years ago when my mom found love.

This is a pic of my Mom, Tom, Virginia and Keith my mom’s long time friends
Tom was my neighbor. He and I went for walks with our dogs. He would casually stop by with his wife when taking her out for short walks. Tom’s wife suffered from cancer and he would talk to me about food, and how he was caring for Penny. “12 almonds a day” he would tell me. I thought he was a special man since he cared so deeply for his wife.

After she passed away, I would stop by to see how he was doing sometimes offering some oranges from my garden or delivering a book on grieving. Tom was always on the go, choosing vacations to go on back East and entertaining friends and family. It wasn’t until Tom walked by one day while I was gardening that I got the idea to introduce him to my mom. He complained that he missed talking to someone and bouncing ideas off of them like he had with his wife for over 49 years. I gently suggested when he was ready, I would like to introduce him to my mom who was also lonely. She and Tom both loved the same hobbies like gardening and cooking. I thought they would make a great couple.

A few weeks later, it happened. I invited my mom and Tom over for some tea and cookies. They met at the driveway and instantly made a connection. They arrived at my door together and have been together ever since. They married about 2 years later and have been through a lot together since my mom was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma a rare blood disease, but treatable a few weeks after their honeymoon.

My Mom, Tom, sister in law Alyson and the cutest niece ever Josie
Tom is a wonderful man and my family is so grateful for the love he as given to all of us and especially my mother. She has never been happier. Not only do I have a new dad, but my kids have a new grandfather who they look up to for love and guidance. Tom’s family has been a God sent too giving my mom 6 more grand kids to love and care for.

A pic of my mom and dad in their earlier days of marital bliss 1967

above that a pic of Mom and Tom, Andrew and his friend Mary after a St Mary’s Choir concert

This is what Valentines Day is all about. I love bringing happiness to others through networking and my food.  I am also the luckiest girl around since I’ve been married to Ken the love of my life for 28 years. Happy Valentines Day Mom and Dad. May your lives be richer because of the love you share.

A friend asked me to share my risotto recipe. Hope you try this and make it for your own valentine this Tuesday.


Mushroom Fennel and Leek Risotto


2 T Extra Virgin Olive oil

2 T Unsalted Butter

2 C Arborio Rice

6 C Veggie or Chicken broth

1 C White Wine(Chardonnay or your fav) Can use champagne also.

1 C Cremini Mushrooms chopped finely

½ C Fennel chopped finely

½ C Leeks chopped finely

2 cloves chopped garlic

¾ C freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

2 T Heavy Cream

Put Oil and Butter into heavy bottom soup pot. I use Le Creuset pan. Place chicken broth or veggie broth on med high heat in an alternate pot. (I make my own from using chicken bones from baked chicken, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, water, ginger, fennel and boil for 1-2 hours. Cool in fridge overnight)

Place Mushrooms, leeks, and fennel into hot oil on med to med high heat until softened.

Add garlic and rice and stir to moisten rice. Cook for 3 minutes. Add white wine, cook and stir until it evaporates. Add chicken broth ½ C at a time and stir rice. Continue to add broth until rice is cooked about 15-20 min. When the rice is no longer toothsome or chewy and is plump and moist add cream and Parmesan cheese. Top with a splash of truffle oil and chopped herbs like parsley from the garden. Serve immediately. Serves 4


Here’s a variation of this recipe using roasted pumpkin from my organic vegetable garden and carmelized brussel sprouts in bacon fat. Made this recipe this week and enjoyed this gorgeous and ripe cinderella pumpkin that I trained to grow on a trellis.



 Teaching Preschool and Making Pumpkin Cake 

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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Foodie, Mothers, Risotto, Uncategorized, Valentines Day


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9 responses to “Celebrating my Mom and a Risotto Recipe to die for

  1. Donna McClure

    February 8, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Teri, your parents in that young pic (’67) look like that could be you and Andrew! Amazing genes❤❤

    • terismyth

      February 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Awe. Well thanks Donna for the compliment. It’s fun to look back on precious family photos from time to time. I saw a few of your high school photos on Facebook and you were quite the beauty queen. Love you sweet friend🌸


    February 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    What a beautiful story from a wonderful daughter. You have made two elderly people find love again. I wrote a story about this subject called “JULIA”, you might enjoy it. You are never too old to find love.
    In the mean time your Risotto recipe has been copied and put into my folder. Being raised with an Italian mom I love to cook and eat. Thank you for sharing the love and the recipe. ☺☺

    • terismyth

      February 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      SVery cool. Thanks for retweeting on Twitter. Means so much. I am proud of bringing love into my mom’s life again and happy to share my love of food. I am part Italian also and feel my grand mother’s love every time I start cooking. Will def ck out your blog. Happy writing!


        February 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        My pleasure Teri, you are an amazing person and daughter. I have one just like you and I am so proud of her, I am sure your mom feels the same way.

  3. Tamara Berg

    February 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I do love the story of your mom and their love later in life. Yay!

    • terismyth

      February 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Tamara. It is a sweet love story. Everybody’s happy when Mom is happy. Cheers!

  4. denise clark

    February 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Great story. Thanks for sharing.

  5. terismyth

    February 16, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Denise.


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