Girl’s Night

Last month I attended my first bachelorette party, it was a relaxing evening in with homemade foods and great conversation. Oh, and there was also a Pure Romance consultant to entertain us. Well after this party I realized that I’d love to have my own. Very few of my friends have ever been to my apartment, so I invited a few gals over to check it out (before I leave), enjoy a feast, and giggle at the different toys the consultant was peddling.

Now I won’t call my mother neurotic, but that woman cleans like it is her job before people step foot in the house. Somehow, I’ve inherited this gene. Oy… I vacuumed three times in the past week and made sure to hide put away all loose items. And then it was time for food preparations. Every family holiday at our house, my mother prepared enough food for twenty. We only ever had ten guests. Yet another trait I’ve been lucky enough to gain.

On Wednesday night I began baking (in between bouts of cleaning). I stole a noodle kugel recipe from a friend and made my favorite butternut squash pie. Neither was difficult to make, but attempting to make them in conjunction was impossible. I concocted the kugel first. For some reason it didn’t feel right, but what do I know, I haven’t made kugel in years. Then onto the pie. I forgot how much effort it takes to peel a butternut squash, seeds and skin were distributed all over my floor in the process. After a slight immersion blender debacle (don’t lift it above the surface of the mix, it will get on your feet), I poured the batter into a graham cracker crust and threw it in the oven.

Removing both from the oven I was astonished. Man did my pie look good! I’ve made it plenty of times in the past, but this time it looked perfect. It took a lot of effort not to dig in immediately. This was a huge hit at the party, there is only a tiny wedge left to enjoy for dinner (it doesn’t stand a chance). Everyone was complimenting my bake-itude, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you fine folk.

Butternut Squash Pie
1 small butternut squash, peeled, cut in chunks & cooked in water until soft (about 25min.)
1 cup flour
1 ½ cups sugar
½ stick margarine, melted
3 eggs
¼ cup soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla
cinnamon
graham cracker crust

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare a graham cracker crust or be lazy and buy one like I typically do.
Mash butternut squash. Add all the ingredients & mix well. Pour into crust. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake for 1 hour
If you prepare the night before, reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until warm.

Of course, after all of my kitchen adventures, I had the dishes to look forward to…

How did the party go? Well it was a blast. Trying to fit fifteen people into my apartment was similar to a clown car, but we made it work. Everyone brought over food stuffs, which was sweet of them, but there were too many desserts and goodies to handle. Cupcakes from scratch, phallic cakes, the most amazing choco-chip oatmeal cookies. I had my fair share and tried to convince everyone to take it home (or just out of my home). There is a small stock pile of cookies at my place, but I’ll hide them from myself to make them last a week. Or just through the weekend. Whichever comes first…

As for the consultant, she was great. She nearly convinced me to join her ranks and go into business as a consultant (just what I need, right?). We all had a good laugh and I believe most people went home with new products of their own. What did I get? I’m not telling  ;)

What about you? How do you feel about prepping when you have guests? And what is your go to party dish?

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About Michelle

I'm an engineer living (and running) in Palo Alto, CA.

Posted on June 10, 2011, in Social and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Did your kugel come out all right? I just made one a few weeks ago for the first time in a couple years, and it came out very well, even with my shitty oven and fat-free sour cream. I might stop topping it with corn flakes because it’s the only ingredient that I don’t usually have on hand that I don’t use up when I make kugel (like, I buy sour cream and cottage cheese in containers that hold exactly the amount I need). I don’t eat corn flakes normally, so I’m left with a box of cereal I don’t like!

    I will definitely try out the pie recipe soon! :D

  2. That pie looks awesome and actually pretty easy! I usually buy a pre-made crust, too…:)

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