So I am finally making my first post after creating this blog about a month ago lol... I was thinking I needed to put alot of thought into it but then I realize why would I do that? Isn't that what blogging is all about? Just telling how you feel when your thinking it? Anyway I have been doing alot of cooking and baking in the last week and figured I needed to get on the ball writing in my blog. Actually last week I spent 3 out of the 7 days in the kitchen all day! At the end of the day I was exhausted, but it was really fun and it made me happy. I loved seeing a recipe on paper come to life in a beautiful dish. This time of year is my favorite, when it comes to cooking and baking. I am in LOVE with pumpkin and I enjoy the flavors of the fall/winter veggies that are in my local market. So I decided to have my husbands parents over for dinner and wanted to cook a delicious fall meal. Here is the menu:
Harvest Pumpkin Soup, first soup I ever made from scratch and I must say it turned out nicely. I was very pleased with the flavors and I look forward to making it again.
Rigatoni with Roasted Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe, This dish was awesome! I thought with having a soup for starters with pasta as the main dish would be super heavy but it was so light. It was a perfect fit!
3 pounds cherry tomatoes
1 bunch of Broccoli Rabe cleaned and ends chopped off
6 garlic cloves, peeled and quartered
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
3 sprigs of thyme
1 pound rigatoni
1 cup (3 ounces) finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 400. On a rimmed baking sheet, combine tomatoes, broccoli, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, red-pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the Thyme. Toss to coat completely. Roast until tomatoes and broccoli are softened and garlic is golden, tossing halfway through, 40 to 45 mins.
2. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, then drain pasta and return to pot. Toss with the tomatoes/broccoli mixture, cheese, lemon juice, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and reserved pasta water; season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Molasses-Spice Cake, can I just say that I loved this cake! I think they liked it but it defiantly was different. It had a mix of spices with molasses and cream cheese icing with a brown sugar glaze.
Do any of these dishes make your mouth water? Yum they make me hungry just thinking about them again. I am trying to think of a fun menu for Halloween night for my hubby and I to enjoy while watching Halloween movies and passing out candy. Hopefully something ghoulishes!