With all the Christmas cookies gone, I decided the Diner needed to be whined off sweets by making cupcakes! It actually does make sense, especially with a resident Cookie Monster (HH); I thought we needed a way to slowly back off the sweets. So I made Red Velvet cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting and Egg Nog cupcakes with Egg Nog icing.
The third recipe in this trilogy was the dinner special – Orecchiette with Bolognese and Italian Sausage. Okay, so that’s the fancy way of saying pasta with meaty red sauce (Art’s Special Sauce) and some bite-size chunks of Italian Sausage. It just sounds so much better as “Orecchiette with Bolognese and Italian Sausage.” When HH asked what the special was and I rolled off “Orecchiette with Bolognese and Italian Sausage,” he looked a bit concerned. Then when I served it he said, “Oh, spaghetti with, what are these chunks?” Now doesn’t “Orecchiette with Bolognese and Italian Sausage” sound so much better?
Orecchiette for two; mine with extra cheese and using-the-smoke-alarm-as-the-timer for the garlic bread on the left, HH's with extra Italian sausage and lightly toasted garlic bread on the right.
It was a successful day.
Oh and how did I get the oven working again? Because you can’t bake cupcakes with the oven working at 500º+! Holly’s Diner has a resident appliance repair man, HH! He was a Magic Chef Repair man in another life. Boy does he wear a lot of hats at the Diner – Cookie Monster, Head Cupcake Taster, Pasta-naming Simplifier, and All-Around Handyman (including appliance repair man.) What would I do without him?!
Happy New Year, everyone. I hope your cooking adventures are all “a success” in 2010!