You want proof? Here's (some) proof that we actually made the fancy schmancy meal.
Lunch today was leftover butternut squash risotto, which I ate over some spinach and threw a few cherry tomatoes into as well.
This you'll be seeing a lot of, as it made a TON and is really filling. The Brussels sprouts all got eaten. They were very tasty, if you like onions. The pistachios gave a good crunch and the Brussels were a bit browned from the oven roasting (Shen) but softened up a bit when thrown in and sauteed with the carmelized onions.
Dinner was a step back from all the rich foods of late:
Salad, sesame crispbread, sliced zucchini, and hummus. Fresh and filling, though not a great photo. I don't know what that lemon is doing there.
And, also Biblically: ask and thou shalt receive. I probably won't be getting rid of the last batch of cookies, since they're already a few days old (and I'm growing to like them. I think they're better room temp than cold) but I certainly wouldn't be opposed to mailing out some baked goods to a lucky winner. Tis the season, after all. I probably won't want to mail anything out until after Christmas, not to mention I'm pretty busy until then, but let's see:
You tell me one of your favorite meals you cooked for someone you wanted to impress OR, simply, say, SEND ME COOKIES, and that'll be considered an entry for the baked goods giveaway. I'll pick a winner Sunday night (the 26th), so you have until then to enter. After that, we'll discuss what you'd like me to make, and what I'm actually capable of! Cool? Cool. One thing: I'm thinking U.S. entries only, if only for freshness sake.
Speaking of giveaways, I won one of Amey's cookbooklettes and it came in the mail today! If you haven't checked out her blog, you should. She draws little cartoons for a lot of her entries and they are super cute. Plus all the food she makes looks awesome.