I have a couple of new desserts that I'm trying out on Friday so cross your fingers we get a bit of sunlight so I can get a photo of them. All etiquette is going out the window too, if I have to cut those desserts up and taste test them I will.
Feeling bloated and miserable from the previous weeks' food extravaganza I had this bright idea to get in some exercise and a vacation at the same time. I suggested Disneyland to the family. We can admire all the holiday lights and soak up some of Southern California's sunshine while we are at it I promised them.
I should mention that there was a huge flaw in my bright idea. That flaw was that the rest of the universe had the same bright idea and they all descended upon Disneyland like a swarm of locusts.
Turning what could have been the "Happiest place on earth" into the "Scariest place on earth." For the record, I have nothing against people who need motorized scooters to get around. I just wonder if they got the memo it's to be of assistance, not to run down the innocent. If I'd of had a toddler in tow I would have feared for their safety.
We decided to make the best of it anyways or should I say I forced the family too. I demanded they "Suck it up and slap fake smiles on their faces." Not my finest I assure you, it usually takes more than that to break me, but I don't care how old the kids are (hot dog dude included) two hour ride waits, broken down rides, being shoved by strangers, and lines too long to get overpriced lackluster food is just too much to take sometimes. If a park employee had been walking around asking for volunteers to leave and they would get a refund, I would have been shouting, "Me, me, me."
It probably didn't help that I had been dreaming of lying on a beach with warm tropical breezes, palm trees swaying in the background and a nice cold Pina Colada in my hand. Instead of being plummeted from 100 feet in the air at warp speed to what I was sure was certain death. Although the kids sure did think it was fun, or maybe it was me they were laughing at.
Orecchiette, Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta
1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
4 ounces chopped pancetta
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons butter
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound orecchiette pasta
1/2 cup pasta water - reserved
Grated Parmesan cheese
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (if you don't the butternut squash will stick badly). Place the cubed butternut squash on the tray and bake for 25-30 minutes until tender. Stick a knife in a piece and if it goes in easily it is ready. Let cool and set aside.
Put a large pot of water with a little salt on to boil. Once the water is boiling, drop the pasta in and stir, cook for 8-10 minutes.
To a large skillet add the olive oil and pancetta and cook on medium heat until the pancetta is barely starting to brown. Add the garlic and turn the heat down to medium-low. Stir for a minute then add the kale, put a lid on the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Add salt and pepper now.
Once the kale is wilted add the butternut squash to the skillet, add the butter and pasta water and stir together, then add the drained pasta. Stir gently so you don't break up the squash. Top with grated parmesan cheese.
Try this pasta, it's much tastier and way less scarier than those roller coasters. If you happen to be in the neighborhood on Friday, I happen to know where there will be a ton of food just waiting to get eaten.