I rendered some pancetta then cooked up some garlic in the fat with a little extra olive oil, toasted some red pepper flakes, and added in some butternut squash and carrot. When all the vegetables were tender I tossed in some cubed chicken breast, leftover broccoli rabe, and fresh chopped sage leaves.
For beer I decided to go the trappist route (as I often like to do) and have this dubbel from Abdij der Trappisten van Westmalle.
Last night we had carved this pumpkin. My attempt was to make it look like he was sticking out his tongue. I'm not sure if that comes across but one thing is for sure: he is terrifying.
The leaves are still on the trees and there's snow on the ground but even with this confusing set of factors we tried to stay on topic and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, a movie I hadn't seen since I saw it in the theater in 1993. Jen generally does not like watching movies so I was surprised she'd made this suggestion.
I think it might just be that she wanted to distract me for as long as possible to avoid my normal Halloween routine of talking like the crypt keeper all day.
Make no bones about it! We had a great fright!