So, the consensus? Beans = yummy. Although I can't find the exact recipe, I may try that basic bearnaise sauce recipe with them since it seems very similar.
Now, for the piece de resistance: the spaghetti squash. I always wondered why it was called spaghetti squash. I mean, it's a squash - an overgrown gourd. Weird. But then I scooped a few out and realized that it totally DOES look like spaghetti. I bet you could trick your picky family into thinking they were eating pasta instead of vegetables with this casserole.
My mom sent me this recipe, and I admit I don't know where she found it. Somewhere online, no doubt, but I bet she doesn't even remember. At the bottom of the email it says it's from the "Moosewood Cookbook" which doesn't take me to any specific recipes when I google it, but does give me a lot of cookbook purchasing options. The whole family really liked this meal, and we even ate the leftovers - which is saying a lot for us since usually our leftovers become sentient life forms before we finally manage to trick them into the garbage can on trash day.
For dessert, we had Cheese Danish Bars. It is not a new recipe to us, but it is a favorite. We're talking EXTREMELY tasty, people. We make it every Christmas, actually, or at least my sister usually does, so this is a very timely post.
Cheese Danish Bars
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 pkg. crescent rolls
Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Press out one package of crescent rolls in a 9x13 pan. Spread cheese mixture on top. Roll out other package of crescent rolls and place on top of the cream cheese mixture. Brush the beaten egg on top and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Please ignore the crazy amount of cinnamon sugar on top. That was an accident. Delicious, sure, but an accident. These are so easy and fast to make. Which is good since they disappear so fast...
And there you have it. I think it's a delicious way to welcome back the return of Yummy Mondays. For a few weeks anyway.