I just returned home earlier today from a lovely weekend at the Oregon coast with a bunch of knitter friends, and I'll have a nice long post about that tomorrow. Also, I wanted to thank anyone reading this who might have gone to the House of Dreams Holiday sale. They made over $6,000 for the shelter!
In the meantime, here is a photo of dinner I had with friends earlier this week with a Halloween/fall theme. At the top is squash soup, from Sarah. Below is Pumpkin Ziti with caramelized onions and sage breadcrumbs. This is a recipe I've been wanting to make for months but it always seemed like it was complicated or would take longer than I liked. That's probably because I usually wait until right before dinner time to choose what to make. I started this this afternoon so that I'd have plenty of time to make it without feeling rushed, and leave a big hot portion for my husband before I left. The ricotta was ridiculously easy to make. I'm allergic to cashews so I subbed slivered almonds instead. I also used Cassarici pasta instead of Ziti since I have it on hand. Below that is Extoplasm dip with finger bones and hip bones (aka Edemame with carrots and homemade pita chips.) Not shown are some really tasty gingersnap cookies.