October 2 Dinner for
I made the ratatouille the night before because I think it tastes better on the second day. it's quick to make, but it saved time.
Lookit my squash! For some reason, they make me wish I could juggle. I chose the one on the left for dinner.
I sliced it up and made butternut squash fries, which taste just like sweet potato fries. Especially when you have them with ketchup, as I did.
I made spinach and ricotta cheese gnocchi. I dusted them in flour so I could shape them more easily. I also have this idea, possibly farfetched, that it helps keep things together in the boiling water while they loll around for a few minutes.
I served the gnocchi with brown butter and crisped sage ... the second batch of browned butter and crisped sage, since the first batch turned into blackened butter and burnt sage. I opted to remake the quick sauce; I'm not that avant garde.
The naked cake: gingerbread and pumpkin pie cheesecake filling. It's basically an upright trifle, or just a two-layer cake with a woo-hoo lotta filling.
The cake in costume (dressed as a cube of whipped cream).
The cake on stage. Ta-da! Nothing fancy, but enough for my guests to get the idea. The five of us didn't eat the entire cake; I sent the last two pieces home with two of my friends.
Scraped clean! I call that a success. =)
Post-cleanup trifle--dessert by desktop.
There are other desserts I want to try out. I think I'll have a Screw Yer Diet party, but I'll make sure it won't coincide with Mario's 4th Annual Curry and Ice Cream Social on the 20th. Woot! Good times in October!