Aphorisms from the Professor: Brillat-Savarin

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

To belatedly celebrate the birthdays of two of our friends, we had them over for dinner last night. The meal came out wonderfully, if I do say so myself.

Pumpkin gnocchi with pumpkin brown butter sauce, chopped apple & beet chips
Lamb chops on a parsnip puree with roasted spaghetti squash and mustard greens sauteed with bacon and red onions

For dessert, we made - wait for it - pumpkin cheesecake with a graham cracker & ginger cookie crust and sour cream icing. In addition to being an amazing recipe, the website where we got it (linked above) had tons of very useful cheesecake-making tips (such as putting a pan filled with hot water in the oven with the cheesecake, and covering the cheesecake during cooling so it cools slowly). I can only assume that these small details were integral to our cheesecake coming out as perfectly as it did.


  1. This meal sounds and looks (and tasted?) fabulous. You have lucky friends!!

  2. Ack, sorry for the aborted comment attempt! I merely wanted to ask whether you make your own beet chips or whether you buy those? Also, your birthday dinner looks better than what most get at a restaurant!

  3. The beet chips were purchased - we basically picked those ones out of a bag of vegetable chips (so we didn't only buy beet chips).

  4. Hi Jenn,

    Thanks for the tip, your pumpkin gnocchi looks outstanding!

    Our food views are completely on the same page; I look forward to reading more!