Monday, November 5, 2012

The Menu: Butternut Squash Lasagna & Arugula Salad

About a month ago, Kelsey made this amazing birthday dinner for her husband, Ryan. Unfortunately, I don't have the recipes for most of the things listed here - you'll have to ask Kelsey for those. Rather than the individual recipes, I was hoping to share the flavor of the overall meal - and provide you with some ideas for your next dinner party.

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Baked Brie

Pumpkin Ale

Butternut Squash Lasagna
Arugula Salad  
with apples, walnuts, goat cheese, and lemon vinaigrette


The lasagna had sort of a muted but sweet flavor that worked well with the bright and tart, yet nutty, salad. The salad was so good that I ended up making a variation of it everyday for lunch that week! To make the vinaigrette - whisk together some freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper - use a ratio that is to your liking.

And the cake was amazing! It is no surprise that this amazing recipe was found on Smitten Kitchen - there always seems to be something worth trying there. I wish I had another piece of this cake right now - chocolate and peanut butter goodness! 

Have you ever seen a candle do that? Maybe it was used one too many times...

Whether you have a birthday to celebrate or just need an idea for dinner - this menu is the perfect thing to sit down to on an Autumn evening! 

Thank you, Kelsey, for such a wonderful meal! 


  1. Thanks, Linds! I'm glad to know you enjoyed it so much. And thanks again for your help with the cake. :)

  2. Looks delicious, Kelsey! I'm so impressed with your cake!

    Lindsay, I really enjoyed hearing about the evening from the guest's point of view! Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Anonymous11/15/2012

    I'm sure its a great honor to be invited to one of you ladies' dinner parties!!
    Guess Who?