CRAFT October: Pumpkin Pasta

October 17th

Pumpkin Pasta

Dear Finny,

I got around to making the first of our October CRAFT selections and wow, this recipe is so very good. I made a few substitutions, including avoiding the half/half.  Instead I used a bit more sour cream and this was out-of-this-world-good. (I made an ass out of myself by saying so repeatedly until my guest finally agreed with my awesomeness and lack of humility.)  I also splurged for fresh sage, which we added to the chicken, instead of sausage, while cooking and then again as a garnish. Fantastic! A+ recipe.

Pumpkin Pasta

It dawned on me yesterday as a Freecycle stranger arrived to collect my TV that perhaps I am a wee bit ridiculous. Obviously there is a bit of stress happening in areas of my life I really cannot control.  And so, in reaction I decided that greatly cutting down the things I own would be the best idea. I can control this, in contrast. But really? I miss Khloe, Kim and Kourtney already, plus that banana crazed Rachel Zoe.

I can also quell the internal anxieties with really good food. The pasta? Topped by a great dessert:

Kaluha Coffee Chocolate Cupcakes

Dark chocolate kaluha coffee cupcakes — recipe improvised that includes a box of Devil’s Food Cake, lots of booze, dark roast coffee and sour cream.

After a whirlwind couple of weeks of travel, it does feel good to be home, in the kitchen and getting back to the routine. I’ve got a lengthy list of domestic duties keeping me happy today, including swinging through JoAnns to pick up some yarn for that other October project. I think Cody would look great with one of these on his snowboard this winter. Think green, without the cables.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend, my friend. I miss you like it is my job.


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9 Responses

  1. Terrific to catch up with you Kelli. You have been busy as ever. Your time in Chicago sounded (and looked) like a lastI love seeing women with friends they have a history with. Such joy, even viewing from pictures. I have the pumpkin pasta recipe out on my counter but have been out of town and now down ill, so it will have to waitr. Hopefully it will be made, pictures snapped and entered before the month is done. I too have thoughts of change to the recipe – Greek yogurt for the sour cream and whole milk for the cream since that tastes like cream to me anyway. The recipe does sound delcious. I just hope my picky hub man will like it. Hugs and love to you.

  2. I think that Cody would love that gift, what a great idea. Can’t wait to see what you make of it. I also think you are brave for giving away your t.v., I’d cry if I done the same.

  3. Look how nice your table looks too! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  4. As great as the pasta looks and sounds, I simply MUST know how you made the cupcakes!!! Have a box of Duncan Hines Devils Food on standby!! Thanks, as always, Kelli for your inspiration, good ideas and outlook !

  5. Your Creamy Pumpkin Pasta looks wonderful; we had ours last night and my husband loved it. I’m thoroughly enjoying this month’s Craft:Along challenges and finished all three over the weekend. I’ll post them one by one starting today with the Cabled Balaclava (yep, I did the cables). That project took me 5 days to knit but I’m tickled with the outcome. It’s going to be one of my Christmas gift offerings.

  6. Yum to both of those recipes! I wish my husband would eat pumpkin.

  7. I love pumpkin but have never had it in a savory dish. I’m definitely interested. Happy early birthday! What are your plans?? (By the way, I tell you now because Wednesday is our hellishly busy day for the week and I just don’t want to forget to tell you Happy Birthday).

  8. That pasta looks great – I have some pumpkin in the deep freeze ready for its debut next week. I can’t wait to see your incarnation of that balaclava! I am trying desperately to finish my sweater (one sleeve to go!) before NaNoWriMo next month, so probably will have to put this one off until December, but at least I’ll have a two-sleeved sweater, pumpkin pasta and a Halloween costume (unrelated).