Our dinner tonight was African Sweet Potato and Red Bean Stew. It is a flavorful, light stew with a hint of peanut butter in the liquid. It simmered in the crockpot for hours, and it was very nice to walk into a great smelling house and have dinner ready at 6:00 after our busy days!
SH- The stew and muffins were a great meal at the end of a busy day. We had time to eat, clean up and visit with SJ who stopped in to say hi before heading to the movies. The meal wasn't too heavy- we still had room for popcorn at the movies! I guess it would have been fun to have cooked with honey to fit the theme of the movie - maybe next time. Next week we are planning a colorful meal as we watch the Muppets Christmas special on NBC, then catch up with the Top Chefs!
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Tonight is the inaugural night of our Top Chef cooking extravaganza. We started with a classic autumn ingredient - Butternut Squash. Our menu included:
a simple spinach salad adorned with almonds, dried cranberries and feta cheese.
The main dish (pictured above)was roasted butternut squash and red peppers over garlicky fettuccine.
Our desserts (completely made by SB) were a chocolate souffle drizzled with a rich chocolate sauce AND accompanied by SB's special truffle.
SH-I felt the menu was a huge success. The salad was a nice starter. The pasta was very yummy- especially the roasted veggies with the fresh garlic in the pasta. The desserts were chocolaty but not over the top- a perfect way to top off the evening.
Admittedly, Top Chef started a few weeks ago but, our schedules didn't work out until now. So, we are catching up on Top Chef (thanks to the miracle of DVR technology) while enjoying this great meal and a bottle of wine.
SB-Wow! What a great way to start a tradition. Our simple salad was a perfect starter, the combination of spinach, feta, dried cranberries and almonds was classic and yummy! The main dish was simple, yet elegant. The flavors were excellent, I look very forward to making this tasty dish again in the future, especially for my special someone! Dessert was a chocolate fest, but I am not complaining! The chocolate souffle was very easy to make, but very warm and chocolaty. Having a dinner like this is worth getting up at 5:45 am to run in the morning!!!
The butternut squash recipe was a cooking light recipe. To view the recipe click on the picture at the top of the post.
Check back next week for an African Sweet Potato and Bean Stew!!