Tonight I was reminded of why I don't waste my time making really good, gourmet type meals. It's not that I can't. Look at the picture above for proof. Those would be cheese tortellini in alfredo sauce served in acorn squash bowls. It sounded like a really good recipe, so I decided to make it for dinner tonight. Cut the acorn squash, scoop out seeds, cut a bit off the bottom so they sit flat. (First of all do you realize how hard it is to cut those suckers in an even half? The recipe says cut in half lenthwise so each half has a piece of stem. Right. My knives didn't like the stem. It took some creative body work to get them in something resembling equal halves.) Bake for 30 min. Meanwhile cook tortellini and simultaneously make alfredo sauce from scratch. Time it all so the tortellini, sauce, and squash are all done at the same time. Place the tortellini sauce mixture into the acorn squash bowls, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese, and return to the oven for 10 minutes to brown. This whole process took over an hour. It would all be worth it when my dinner guests children ohh'ed and ahh'ed over how amazingly yummy it was. Right? Wrong. What I got instead was a table full of disgusted faces, picking at the tortellini, looking at me like I was the worst mommy ever and trying to feed them worms in mud sauce (oh wait, Kimberly might have actually liked that). So I give up, it's back to 3 ingredients in the crock pot, nothing that takes more than 15 minutes to prepare, for at least another 15 years I'm sure. If you are a fan of those recipes, you have nothing to fear. I'll keep them coming.
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