It’s getting close to the weekend and we are plan-free for this one. That means I can spend some time in the kitchen trying out some new recipes along with some tried and true favorites. I’m thinking of a full meal menu plus some sweet treats to tide us over. My best bet is a nice Saturday dinner, so that’s what I’ll plan for.
First up on my to-make list is a Butternut Squash Soup recipe from Ina Garten. It’s in her Back to Basics cookbook. I’ve made it numerous times, it’s super simple, and always a winner. The most time consuming part for me is peeling the squash. I am not a fan of curry so I omit it, but I don’t feel like the soup is lacking in flavor without it. My plan with the soup is to let it be a starter for our Saturday dinner and the leftovers can be had for lunch on Sunday.
Next up, I am going to make a Chocolate Crescent Roll. I’ve seen different versions of this all over Pinterest. I’m going to use the canned crescent roll dough and dark chocolate bars for mine. I may even add some peanut butter to a couple, just because. Quick and easy!
I also plan on making a dessert, or two. There are so many options to pick from and I’m on the fence about a few. Do I want cake or cookies? New recipe or tried and true recipe? I’ve been trying a lot of new ones lately which I think is good. I have quite a few cookies and bars that are still untested in my Fine Cooking Cookies magazine as well as some sweet treats in my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.
I have yet to make her Outrageous Brownie recipe, which is the one that she sold in the Barefoot Contessa store. I am a huge fan of brownies, so I’m thinking this one is at the top of the list. I should probably make those Friday night as the recipe makes a lot.
I’ll leave my last choice as a TBD. I like to leave a little leeway in my baking plans for the weekend. I never know when the mood will strike to make donuts or something, like it did last weekend. They were excellent by the way. Pumpkin donut holes rolled in a cinnamon sugar mix are easy and delicious. Don’t miss out if you have a chance to make them.
Alright, what are your baking plans for this weekend? Is anyone trying something new or even just looking forward to some baking time? Let’s hear it.