So, I don't know if I've mentioned this (I think I have) but I love to dance...ballroom. I do a lesson or a class pretty much everyday. I basically live at the studio.
Put me in a club and I have no moves. I dance like Kevin James in Hitch.
Don't make me bust out the Q-tip. Or my personal favorite, the shopping cart.
Whenever I watch a period movie I get so jealous of the dancing. I NEED choreographed steps. I need a dance partner.
Oh wait, I have one. And we're going to be in a show in July. Its being choreographed by Jonathan Roberts. If you've watched Dancing with the Stars, you know who he is.
That's him. We'll pretend I'm the girl in silver.
Because Jonathan Roberts* clearly hates my poor instructor's back he put lifts into my dance. Which would be awesome if I was the girl in silver. But I'm not. So I'm considering this the kick in the ass I've needed to get in shape**. If performing infront of a large audience isn't enough incentive, I'm in a wedding in May. It is time***.
Luckily, I had this brocolli for lunch BEFORE I got the choreography. And you need to make it. BROWN BUTTER. And CHEESE. And BROCCOLI. Sure, for the next couple months I will be all about the roasted or steamed vegetables**** but you need this.
*I keep referring to him by his full name because I like to make everything awkward.
Jonathan Roberts: "Hi Deanna."
Me: "Hi Jonathan Roberts."
This is why I'm not allowed near celebrities.
** Because the 1/2 marathon I'm supposed to do in a month didn't work.
***I just said that outloud in my Mufasa voice. Which would have been awesome if I were at home and not in a coffee shop.
***I might finally demonstrate some knowledge of nutrition on here. But there will still be dessert, high calorie dips, and lot of cheese. Heads up, we're making gumbo soon for Fat Tuesday.
Broccoli with Brown Butter and Mizithra
Inspired by The Old Spaghetti Factory
If you want to make this a more substantial meal, its great mixed with pasta. You'll prbably want to double the butter and garlic if you mix it with pasta. And this is a very rough recipe as I didn't measure anything. Think of it more like guidelines.
Mizithra is a Greek cheese that is very similar to ricotta salata. Use whichever you can find.
1 head brocolli, cut into florets
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup (or more) grated mizithra cheese
Crushed red pepper (optional)
Cook the broccoli to your preferred level of doneness. I like to steam it in the microwave. While the broccoli is cooking, brown the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter is almost done browning, add the garlic and cook just long enough to take the edge off. Add the broccoli to the butter and toss to combine. Remove from the heat and mix the cheese in. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and serve.