I’ve noted before that Craig is the cook in our house. Yes, ladies, I am a lucky woman. I fully appreciate that fact. It’s an arrangement that works well for both of us: He cooks and I do the grocery shopping and the cleaning up.
I always make our salads and the desserts (when we have dessert – certainly not a regular occasion), and I’m always a key player in the menu planning. That’s usually it. But on occasion I am motivated to dig in with some cooking.
So last night was my turn to host my book club for dinner. I wanted to have a nice meal, and I was excited to again try the butternut squash galette (that’s the squash part of the recipe, but I used a different recipe for the crust) that I first tried a couple of weeks ago. If you remember, it came out looking like this:
Not so attractive.
But, check me out this time around:
Now that is a beautiful galette, if I do say so myself! Martha Stewart would have made it a little more even all around, but see how I used a knife to cut away the excess dough and create a nice edge to the pastry? And the nice little overlaps, and that nice golden look? Plus, it was oh-so-delicious. I followed all of my planned improvements from last time (except for using a pie dish – I just decided that wasn’t going to work well) and I was really happy with how it turned out.
[Please excuse me for a moment while I pat myself on the back.]
I attempted to move it to a nice platter for serving, but it was pretty clear that movement was going to cause it to start to fall apart, so I just served it from the baking pan. We did a buffet-style meal anyway. Next time (there will definitely be a next time – I just LOVE this dish) I can simply plate it for everyone.
The rest of the meal consisted of a yummy cranberry, walnut, and gorgonzola mixed green salad (I think this salad will be making an appearance on our Thanksgiving table next week), a thyme and lemon quinoa side dish (I wasn’t terribly thrilled with this one – it was our first time trying the recipe and I think some tweaks could be made), a gorgonzola cheese sauce for the galette, and apple crisp for dessert. I made it all except for the quinoa, which I simply ran out of time to do. So Craig made that and got ample oohing and ahhing from the ladies, who kept saying, “Oh, you’re so lucky to have a husband who cooks!”
Oh, and of course there was plenty of wine. What would book club be without wine?!
By the way, I would definitely recommend the book we read – The Eight by Katherine Neville. It’s an interesting historical mystery surrounding an ancient and powerful chess set. This book is an example of why I like being in a book club, because I never would have picked it up on my own. If I were more up on my European history from the late 1700s, I probably would have liked it even more. Apparently there’s a sequel – The Fire – and I definitely want to check that out. After I read the rest of Andre’s book, of course.