Thursday, October 28, 2010

3rd Annual Punkin Carving Extravaganza

I love love love the tradition that Allison and I started of carving punkins each year for Halloween. I cook a new pumpkin dish for dinner, we drink wine and laugh - it's just such a fun night. This year, we had Camille and Josh join as our special guests.

For some reason, I'm drawn toward cooking a pumpkin pasta dish each year so I chose to do pumpkin-ricotta cannelloni with sage brown butter, only I used stuffed shells instead. I read a recipe that sounded good but I really created my own filling that I just kinda tasted along the way:
It turned out delicious! While the shells were in the oven, we got down to business:
I look crazy here especially with the way I'm holding that knife, eeek:
Since I don't have an artistic bone in my body, I definitely used a stencil but Camille and Josh both just carved freestyle:
I wish I could do stuff like that! I think they all turned out great, though:
I'm discovering as I get older just how much I enjoy tradition. I had looked forward to the evening for a week and it was really nice sharing it with Camille and Josh, too. I guess I love the idea of having something that's important to you become something you observe the same way each year. It sort of stems from the hopeless romantic side of me, I think. ;)

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