halloween must be close

There has been a plastic pumpkin cauldron of bite-sized candy bars sitting on my desk at work this past week and I am proud to say that I have not indulged.  Not once.  Then the weekend hit and my sweet tooth started to feel neglected.  So this lazy pre-Halloween weekend, I sequestered myself in the kitchen and made a couple of things I’m pretty proud of.

To go along with my dinner of wild mushroom risotto, I made a vegetarian vanilla and maple syrup panna cotta, substituting the traditional gelatin with pectin.

The vanilla bean gave it a grainy look, but the texture and taste were as creamy and smooth as Lando Calrissian.

This morning I woke up early and had a hankering for scones which, admittedly, I NEVER do.  I broke out the bag of frozen blueberries, floured down my butcher block , and made a half-batch of damn good biscuits.

The recipe called for heavy cream instead of a combination of butter and milk, which I think accounted for the tops not browning as usual.

Later this afternoon, I’m thinking chocolate caramel corn.

One Comment on “halloween must be close”

  1. McMackin October 30, 2011 at 17:31 #

    The panacotta looks amazing

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