March Dinner Party Menu
Tortellini Gratinata with Mushrooms and Parsnip "Bechamel" from Bon Appetit
Braised Fennel in White Wine
Roasted Pears with Ricotta, Blackberries, and Lavender Sugar from Bon Appetit
Cocktail: Gin and Ginger from design*sponge
Parties with toddlers start early in the day, but not too early for some alcoholic beverages. This cocktail was very tasty, and it was fun to try a different liqueur: Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur.
Gin & Ginger
1 ½ oz gin
1 oz canton ginger liquor
4 oz ginger ale
juice of ½ lime
Mix all ingredients together with ice and enjoy.
The Gin & Ginger was a zesty complement to what turned out to be a very homey (and beige!) meal. The tortellini gratinata was delicious, but how could it not be when it was almost entirely cheese, butter, and pasta? The fennel was mildly sweet and tasted a bit of the white wine it was braised in.
Pretty, but pretty beige too. Next time we'll be incorporating a bit more color!
Our dessert was where things went a bit awry. Like the follower that I am, I went blindly along with the Bon Appetit recipe. Either my oven is way way too hot, or the times provided are way way too long. My pears were definitely on the charred side of "roasted." The recipe also asked me to make a lifetime supply of lavender sugar for no apparent reason. At least the lavender sugar is good (and was already incorporated into my pancakes this morning!)
If we did this recipe again, I'd certainly keep closer watch on my pears. I'd also skip the ricotta, and use fresh whipped cream sweetened with the lavender sugar.
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