What the Hell was I Thinking – Thanksgiving Edition

I’m seriously considering renaming my blog “The Misadventures in My Kitchen” with the subtitle “What the Hell was I Thinking”.  Let me explain.

Earlier in the year my friend Elizabeth put together this great post about Blue Rodeo, Kate Boothman and this amazing pumpkin pie recipe on Rolling Spoon’s blog.  It looked delicious and I let it stick in the back of mind that I wanted to make it for Thanksgiving.  For the past couple of weeks I’ve started stocking up on the supplies to make it and today was the day to put it all together.

The thing that makes this recipe unique is the base, it is made of finely ground maple cookies.  I didn’t really think about how I was going to grind those cookies up so when it came time to actually do it I was stuck.  You see, the recipe said use a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs.  I don’t have an electric food processor BUT I do have a Tupperware Quick Chef, which is a hand-held food processor.  So I put it together and start grinding up the 40 maple cookies.  What the hell was I thinking!

Maple Leaf Cookies

After I finished I put it out on the twitter sphere how crazy that was and of course my friend Julie (Dinner with Julie) said when she made the recipe she had the same problem so she put the cookies in a Ziploc bag and pounded the smithereens out of them with a wine bottle.  I’m laughing so hard thinking, of course, that would have been so much easier, I always choose the hard way.  What the hell was I thinking!

But that is not the end of my misadventures.  You have to make the pie using a springform pan.  I haven’t used ones of these for a very long time but I had some hidden away so I hauled one out to make the pie.  I kind of forgot that when you put wet stuff in a springform pan when baking it leaks out the bottom.  You can see where this is going.

Twenty minutes in the pie is leaking all over my oven and it is filling up with smoke!  I am freaking out and my husband and son are laughing.  Thank goodness it is a beautiful fall day because as I write this my house is full of smoke and all the doors and windows are open to air the place out!  My house is supposed to smell wonderful and it smells like it is burning.  What the hell was I thinking!

Ok ok, I may be over reacting but in the midst of all this that is how I felt.  I have come a long way in my kitchen since I started my blog but some days I feel like a complete idiot and really wonder, what the hell was I thinking!

Thankfully, I managed to get the pie done and I’m really looking forward to trying it tomorrow, of course with a scoop of Fiasco Gelato’s Autumn Pumpkin Spice.

Blue Rodeo's Maple Cookie Pumpkin Pie from Rolling Spoon

And more importantly I am truly blessed and have a lot to be thankful for.  In this year of immense change for me, I have come out on the other side so much happier.  Every Thanksgiving I remember the same thing and I never forget it.  This year it seems extremely relevant.  I am thankful for the hard times in life because they make you strong and help you appreciate when things are good.  And things are good, really good.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and don’t forget to appreciate the small things in life.  That never leads to misadventure.  And now I’m off to enjoy some of this Big Rock special edition Rock Creek Cider I found today.

Big Rock Rock Creek Cider Sample Pack

Nordic Ware Eggs Plus Pan and More

It never ceases to amaze me how fast the time goes.  My life has changed so much in the last two months and I find myself busier than ever.  But you want to know something?  I’m happy, really happy.  For the first time in a really long time I can truly say I am content with my life.  I love my new job, I’m having a really great time with my family and of course my hobby is awesome.

And speaking of my hobby, I am less than two weeks away from attending my first ever Food Bloggers Conference with the Food Bloggers of Canada.  I’m pretty excited to be heading off to Vancouver to meet some people I have been talking with online for a while and of course eating some really great food.

One of the unexpected treats I have been discovering is all the swag we are getting.  I feel so lucky, especially since we all have been getting some of this great stuff before the conference even begins.  My son has been excited to see the packages come to the door and begging me to open them pretty much as soon as I get home from work.  The first package that arrived had a beautiful Chicago Cutlery knife inside.  We had company over for dinner that night so I caused quite a stir, and it was fun sharing it with them.

Chicago Cutlery

The second package that came was from Nordic Ware.  We had a choice between cooking and baking and even though I love to bake I decide to challenge myself and got the cooking package instead.  Inside was the Eggs Plus Pan and a package of four colourful prep and serve bowls.  I was excited to give them a try.

Nordic Ware

The weekend after I received the package I wasted no time trying the pan out.  Because I had some leftover over veggies and cheese I wanted to use up I decided to try making omelettes first.  What I really loved about the gift was how thoughtful it was.  The four bowls I received were perfect for the four compartments of the Eggs Plus Pan.  Before you even get the pan ready you can put together whatever kind of omelette you are craving in one of the four bowls.

Nordic Ware Prep Bowls and Burnbrae Eggs

Nordic Ware Prep Bowls

Next step is to heat the pan up following the directions.  It should be warm before you even put the eggs in.  Oh, I also gave the pan a light spray with non-stick spray before I even set it on the stove.  When the pan feels ready to go you take your little bowls of pre-made eggs and pour them in the individual parts of the pan.  Once the eggs started to set I poured water into the middle section and put the lid on to let the steam do its work.  I was pretty happy with the finished product, a very tasty and healthy breakfast.

Nordic Ware Eggs Plus Pan in Action

Nordi Ware Omelette

The next day I decided to get more adventurous and try my favourite Pumpkin Pancake recipe from Isabelle Boucher off the Eat North website.  This provided a bit more of a challenge for me.  Once I got the batter inside the compartments I had a bit of a challenge figuring out how I was going to flip the pancakes over.  I figured out I could use the flat end of some of my wooden spoons that were small enough to get underneath the pancakes but by the time I got myself organized I flipped them over to find them burned.

Sad Burnt Pumpkin Pancakes

Ok, so I’ll turn the heat down and try another batch.  The second batch wasn’t burned but when I served them up we found the centre to be a little doughy.  Oh well, pancakes in the pan will need a little more work.

Nordic Ware Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Since my pancake catastrophe I have used the pan again for breakfast.  It is really great with just plain old eggs and I must say I am very happy with how quick and easy the eggs are to make in this pan.Nordic Ware Eggs Plus Pan Eggs

I was going to try some other things but I have been carried away with YYC Pizza Week (that’s a story for another day) so I haven’t had a chance to get back to cooking with the pan.  I’m excited to try steaming veggies next, with a different vegetable for each compartment and using broth instead of water to steam.  And of course there will be lots more eggs.

Eggs Plus Pan Breakfast

In the meantime I’m counting down the days to the conference.  I can’t wait!

Cooking With Daniel Costa and Tavola

This week was a busy week for me.  On the first day of my new job I was invited to attend a special event and even though I was tired I was excited to go.  Renowned Edmonton Chef Daniel Costa left his restaurant, Corso 32 and came to visit Calgary to launch his new Tavola app.

The evening was casual, set up very much like a cocktail party.  We were welcomed into the backyard/garden oasis and congregated around a very large table as we waited for the delicious food to be delivered. 

While we waited we were able to check out the app on the iPads provided. On a side note, the app is only available on iTunes currently but the developers hope to expand to android soon.  What you find on the app are mouthwatering and spectacular photos of Chef Costa’s amazing food.  Then there are ingredient lists and recipes that instruct you how to make all this food at home.  There is even a tab to let you know suggested wine pairings.

Tavola App Calgary Launch Party

Then the food came to the table and I knew that I would be using this app at home.  My favourite dish of the night was the Fava Bean and Sweat Pea Crostini.  But I also enjoyed the Parmigiano with Black Truffle Honey and the Bucatini All Amatriciana.  It was nice to end the day with friends drinking good wine and eating excellent food.

Tavola Fava Bean and Spring Pea Crostini

Tavola Bucatini All Amatriciana

Fast forward to the weekend.  On Friday night I still had the launch party on my mind so I had to try the app for myself.  The first thing to do was download the app from iTunes, sorry android users.  The app is free and when you download it there are some free recipes available.  If you would like to see more there are some additional recipes available for purchase from the store.  One of the recipes I wanted to make was free and then the other I had to find (which was easy) and purchased in a set of recipes for $1.99.

Once I had the recipes I looked at the simple ingredient lists and used the export feature provided to copy the ingredients into my notes app.  Then Saturday I was off to the Italian Supermarket with an easy to find grocery list at hand.

Later in the day I got to cooking using the easy to follow instructions.  Once I started I decided to try the cool in feature app that allows you to listen to the chef’s playlist while cooking.  There was a bit of a glitch as I couldn’t get the music playing properly but I tweeted about it later and the guys immediately asked for the info to look at making improvements.

In less than an hour I had dinner on the table and we were enjoying wonderful Italian food.  The dishes I made were not as good as Chef Costa’s but I have to tell you it was pretty tasty.  As we ate the Parmigiano with Black Truffle Honey and Bucatini All Amatriciana I was quite happy with the results.  The beauty of this entire thing is you can make good food with simple ingredients, pairing the right things together.  And for this self professed non-cook I was pleased I was able to make this meal in my own home.

Parmigiano with Honey

My Tavolo Bucatini All Amatriciana

And what about my boys?  Well, hubby loved it and the wee man surprised me.  He went right for the Parmigiano and couldn’t get enough of it.  The pasta was too spicy for him so after dinner I used the in app feature to ask Chef Costa what his suggestions would be for next time.  Your question gets tweeted out and the next morning I had an answer to my question waiting for me.

Do I recommend using the Tavola app, I think you already know the answer to that question.  If you have an iPhone or iPad get on over to iTunes and give it a try.  And hopefully you android users will be able to try all these great recipes soon. 

Tavola App Dinner

The Food of Barbados

Hello my friends.  Some of you may have thought I forgot about the food blog but I haven’t.  I have just been working on another project.  Back at the end of May I found myself unexpectedly looking for work.  Now don’t get me wrong, it’s been nice having the last couple of months off but I have to tell you that looking for a job is almost like a full time job.  But after lots of reflection, and a little bit of hard work I am pleased to say that I have found a home for my next adventure. 

Now that I have that very important part of my life settled it is time for me to get back to my hobby.  I have missed talking to you all about food and what I have been eating.  I have had a lot of fun in the last couple of months with some great eating adventures.  The highlight was at the beginning of June when my husband and I travelled to Barbados for our tenth wedding anniversary.  So even though I have had some wonderful meals so far this summer I think Barbados is a great place to start for my first post back in a while.

The great thing about Barbados is that we were able to stay with our very dear friend who grew up in Barbados.  It was a joy to tour around the island with him for the first couple of days seeing all of his childhood haunts and then renting a car to explore a little on our own.  In this land of breathtaking beaches and super friendly people we ate some amazing food and drank a lot of rum punch.

So where to eat?  If you have a some extra cash to spend you can eat some really fine meals.  We celebrated our anniversary at The Tides in Holetown, one of the nicest restaurants on the island.  My only complaint with this meal is we were there after the sun set so we weren’t able to fully enjoy the ocean view and we had to get creative to light my food photos.  Here were some of the highlights.

Tides Holetown Barbados

Seared Scallops & Chilean Sea Bass Tides Barbados

Seared Scallops with Chilean Sea Bass

Assiette of Bajan Banana Tides Barbados

Assiette of Bajan Banana with Banana Milkshake, Homemade Banana Ice Cream and Caramelized Banana Tart

Anniversary wishes Tides Barbados

Even though that was a pretty fancy meal there are a lot of other affordable treats to be found on the island.  Like the next day when we headed to Pebble Beach for the afternoon.  Right there is the ultimate street food experience, Cuz’s Fish Shack.  It was so good I had two fish cutters.  Oh yes, that’s what they call sandwiches in Barbados, cutters.

Cuz's Fish Shack Barbados

Fish Cutter Cuz's Fish Shack Barbados

Also, one of the things I noticed as we were driving around is that there are no McDonalds!  Our friend mentioned that they did have some on the island however people didn’t go to them so they closed up shop.  I was so thrilled to hear this.  The fast food restaurant of choice in Barbados is Chefette.  The yellow and purple signs pull you in to enjoy chicken, hamburgers, fries and of course my favourite, rotis.

Chefette Barbados

I also discovered Cou Cou about half way through the trip.  I couldn’t get enough of this cornmeal mush mixed with fried okra.  It tastes really good with fish stew and I think I ate it four days in row.  Here is the plate I had at Carib, which is close to St. Lawrence Gap, with fried flying fish and mixed veggies.

Fried Flying Fish and Cou Cou Carib Barbados

And here is the plate I had at Mustor’s in Bridgetown with fried flying fish and another popular Bajan side, macaroni pie.  This is the place to eat in Barbados, I highly suggest a trip to Mustor’s.

Mustors Bridgetown Barbados

There was of course rum punch everyday.  We were handed one directly on tour of St. Nicholas Abbey and on our submarine tour.  I enjoyed the beach view when I drank one at L’Attitude in Speightstown.  But my absolute favourite was the homemade rum punch my friend’s uncle served us after our swim looking over the beach from his vacation rental on Brighton Beach.

St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados

Rum Punch L'Atitude Speightstown Barbados

Brighton Beach Barbados

On Friday nights the place to be in Barbados is Oistins for the fish fry.  There is lots of cheap, delicious food, cheap beer and entertainment.  At one end is the older crowd waltzing the night away with the granny’s sitting on the side waiting their turn.  And further down is the big bandstand where all the popular music is played and everyone is dancing and enjoying themselves.  Of course their are souvenir tents and lots of people sneaking onto the beach to get their feet wet.  Because it was dark I didn’t get a lot of photos but trust me, the food was great.  And for us this was our last night on the island and a very fitting way to end our week in Barbados.

Oistins Fish Fry Barbados

This holiday came at the perfect time.  It was a great chance to recharge and I really hope we get back to visit some time soon because these kind of sites take my breath away.

Crescent Beach Barbados

Carib Beach Barbados

Red Lentil Challenge – Pumpkin Pie

I know May is just about over but did you know that May is lentil month? And I have a confession; I have never cooked with lentils. For regular readers to this blog that won’t be a surprise. Even though I am adventurous with my eating I am not really that adventurous with my cooking. But since writing this blog I have decided to take on new cooking adventures. So don’t ask me what I was thinking when I was walking through the grocery store last week and I saw this bag of lentils.

Red Lentil Bag

Yes, I bought this huge bag of lentils, I am crazy! I gave myself a challenge alright; I’m going to be cooking with red lentils for a very long time. So now I have all these lentils sitting in my cupboard, what do I do with them? My first step was to start looking through my cookbooks to find an easy recipe to work with.

This was a no brainer. I pulled out my Spilling the Beans cookbook by Julie Van Rosendaal and Sue Duncan. I have had great success with this book. I was pleasantly surprised to find there was a recipe for my favourite pie, pumpkin. That sealed the deal and when I looked through my cupboards I had most of the ingredients on hand. So of course, I made the pie.

Spilling the Beans

The recipe is below but here are a few observations based on my experience. I don’t have a food processor so I used my blender to mix all the ingredients together. I don’t know if it was because of this but I ended up with a lot of pie filling left over. I might have been able to pull two pies out of this recipe instead of one. Also, I didn’t use the optional molasses but after tasting I decided to add a couple of sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice before I poured it into the pie shell.

Red Lentils Rinsed

Red Lentil Pumpkin Pie Pre Oven

And what was the response at my house? My husband enjoyed it, he said you could tell there was a little something added because of the texture but he liked the taste. He even went so far to say he would like it if I used this recipe for my Thanksgiving pies. My son, the picky eater, loved it. He gobbled it up and immediately asked for another piece. I was shocked. And me, well I was happy with the end result. I had my piece with a scoop of Coconut Sorbetto from Fiasco Gelato which paired very nicely together. I will definitely be making this again.

Red Lentil Pumpkin Pie with Fiasco Gelato Coconut Sorbetto

This is good because I have a feeling I will still have those bag of lentils in my cupboard by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. But stay tuned, I will post more of my red lentil recipe adventures. I’ll try something savory next.

Red Lentil Pumpkin Pie


1/3 cup (80 mL) dry red lentils

14 oz (398 mL) can pureed pumpkin

3/4 cup (185 mL) half and half, evaporated 2% milk, or whipping cream

1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar

1/2 cup (125mL) packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 Tbsp (15mL) molasses (optional)

1 Tbsp (15mL) grated fresh ginger, or 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) ground ginger

1 tsp (5mL) vanilla

1 tsp (5mL) ground cinnamon or more to taste

1/4 tsp (1mL) ground allspice

Pinch of Salt

1 Unbaked 9-inch pie shell


In a small sauce pan, cover the lentils with water and bring to a boil; cook for 20 minutes, or until very soft.  Drain.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the lentils into the bowl of a food processor with the remaining ingredients (except the crust, of course) and pulse until well blended and smooth.  Pour into the crust.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the filling is set but still just a little wobbly in the middle and the crust is golden.  If the crust is browning too quickly, cover the pie lightly with a sheet of tin foil as it bakes.  Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.  Serve at room temperature with whipped cream sweetened with a little sugar or maple syrup and spiked with a few drops of vanilla.

Makes 1 pie.

Treat of the Week – Burgers

Last week I talked about YYC Burger Week.  When the event started I was really excited and was going to try to eat as many burgers as possible.  I am sad to say that I did not do as well as I wanted and there were many burgers left untouched for me.  I missed out on Blowfish Sushi’s entry with the Ramen Noodle Bun and Yellow Door Bistro’s Beef Cheek Burger.

Even though I did not try some of those higher dollar burger competitors, I did the best that I could with the time that I had.  I started out strong, not much going on in the middle and went out with a bang.  Here is the story of my burger week adventures.

Friday, May 2 – Naina’s Kitchen

My husband and I decided we would take our son to go try Naina’s, last year’s winner.  A lot of people were saying that they were out-of-the-way but for us it was the closet restaurant.  We had never been there before and we were pretty happy we went.  There was no way my kid would eat the special but he was very happy with his cheeseburger.  As for us, we were really glad to eat the Pepper Steak Stuffed Burger.  The ooey gooey Sirloin burger was stuffed with sautéed onions, peppers, Stilton and Mozzarella.  This burger was very tasty and I especially appreciated that they let me order salad as my side.  As a family we will definitely be back to try the regular menu.

Naina's Kitchen Pepper Steak Stuffed Burger

Saturday, May 3 – Kingsland Farmers Market

Ok, the great thing about Kingsland Farmers Market is that there are two burgers side by side, so if you came hungry you could do two of the entries at once.  I had some errands to do and my husband watched our son so I could go stuff my face in peace.  I am a regular visitor to Kingsland so it was my pleasure to visit two places I love.

The first stop was Eats of Asia where Jay fixed me up their Busan Bao.  I love the Bao here, so light and fluffy, so I was excited for this.  What you get is a Bulgogi Beef Patty, Korean BBQ Sauce and Chopped Green Onions all on Steamed Bao.  True to form the Bao were like tasty little pillows and the burger was extremely flavourful.  I was not disappointed.

Eats of Asia Busan Bao

And just as I was finishing up Margaret from Primal Soup Company brought me her Comfort Burger.  Now this was not your traditional kind of burger but what a great sandwich, truly living up to its name.  Made as you like,the basics are Mac’N’Cheese, caramelized onions and bacon served on a home-baked bun.  On that snowy Calgary day in May it hit the spot, delicious.

Primal Soup Company Comfort Burger

May 4 to 9 – Salads and lots of other boring stuff

May 10 – Let the burger coma begin

At this point I didn’t know if I would get any more burger eating in.  My husband must love me.  He gave me the afternoon and sent me on my merry way.  The goal, to eat burgers until I could eat no more.

At my friend Wanda’s suggestion I decided to go to Flippn’ Burgers in Kensington.  She is a YYC Burger Week ambassador after all so she should know right?  Well she sure did.  This feature burger had a feature I particularly am fond of, an egg.  So I was really happy to try the Sunnyside Flipp. This is it, 6oz burger, melted smoked gouda, sautéed mushrooms and peppers, frizzled onions, and baby spinach on a fresh white Kaiser with melted garlic butter, topped with Provencal mustard an egg and a smoke sauce.  Yes that is a lot of goodness and it lived up to Wanda’s suggestion.  I came for the egg but they had me with the fresh sautéed mushrooms and peppers.

Flippn' Burgers Sunnyside Flipp

As I sat eating my yummy, messy burger I looked at my YYC Burger Week passport to contemplate my next stop. Just down the street was an intriguing option that I had heard a lot of good things about.  Next stop Oak Tree Tavern.

YYC Burger Week Passport

I hope my cousin up north would be proud, I went for the Klondike Burger!  What a thing of beauty this was.  An elk burger served on bannock bread with cranberries and sage.  And yes, this is just as good as it all sounds, maybe better.  The balance between sweet and savoury was perfect.  I knew this burger was made with love.  Now even though it had a gamey taste, it is elk after all, I completely was taken.  I ate every bite.  I really hope they put this back on the menu after burger week because this was amazing.  Oh, a side note, they had one of my favourite ciders, Sea Cider Rumrunner, what a treat!

Oak Tree Tavern Klondike Burger

So did I have one more in me after all that?  Yes I did. Well, after a little stroll through Kensington and a drive to my next destination.

I haven’t eaten at Billingsgate Seafood Market before but my Mom loves to eat here.  I also had heard good things about this special so I thought I would try it.  Another non-traditional burger awaited my taste buds.  The Samurai Ahi Tuna Burger is 5oz of Ahi Tuna Steak Seared with Soy and Sesame Oil, Topped with Crispy Fried Dulse, Salmon Ikura Roe & a Wasbi Aioli Between A Baked Fresh Daily Cobs Breads Bun.  The tuna was cooked perfectly and was a nice light option for my third burger in three hours.  Yes, I’m crazy.  I also liked the texture with the dulse and really liked the wasabi and roe.  It was like eating sushi, on a bun.  I was pretty happy I decided to stop by.

Billingsgate Market Samurai Ahi Tuna Burger

Out of 30 restaurants I got to six.  I know that others were able to get to much more but all in all I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished.  I know that each burger I ate was contributing to a local charity and I think Made by Momma made a little from me this week.  And the best thing, I got to try some new places that I would definitely go to again.

And who was the best?  They were all so good so don’t make me choose but I think the Klondike Burger tops my list. Thanks for putting together such a great event YYC Burger Week! 

Last note, yes I borrowed the ingredients list for all these burgers from the YYC Burger Week website, I didn’t want to miss anything.

A Little Bit of Everything

I have so much I want to talk about so I am just going to get started.

First, some of you may be wondering about Project 40 for 40.  I’m going to be honest with you, it is not really happening right now. Last month I decided to take a week off for my birthday and the week off never really stopped.  In the back of my head I still think about it so I’m attempting to eat salads and get healthy food in me but I am not tracking.  And I haven’t stepped on the scale in a month so I don’t know where I am at.  The 40 for 40 journey will continue as soon as I get my head back in the game which will hopefully be soon.

But in the meantime, there is a fun event happening in Calgary that started this week, YYC Burger Week.  I have tasted some of the offerings so far and I will post more about that next weekend.  I encourage you to get out and try some burgers.  The money raised goes to three great local charities so it’s not all about the food.  But the burgers are awesome too.

YYC Burger Week

But that isn’t all I wanted to talk to you about. This past week my son’s school held it’s first ever Cultural Night.  I was really excited that they decided to do this and was looking forward to the evening.  The response was amazing and we had 300 people indicate they would come with about 30 different countries represented!

When I walked into the gym that night it was so cool to see kids dressed up in the costumes from their cultures and performing dances they have learned.  But the highlight for me were tables with artifacts from the cultures and of course full of all kinds of food.  I was helping with a table outside of the gym so I didn’t quite get to see all the festivities.  And I definitely didn’t get a chance to eat as much as I wanted but I was really happy with what I tried.

Egypt Table



My favourite thing of the night was this guy.  While I was watching my table outside he walked by holding this treat.  I asked him what it was and he said it was Raisin White Rice Cake.  That then sparked a conversation that he was from South Korea and his Mom made this treat that he loved.  I immediately sent my husband in to get me one and they were so good.

Korean Raisin White Rice Cake

Now I didn’t sign up for a country because we are Canadian.  Even though our family originates from Scotland I don’t make haggis and I’m very sad to say I don’t have any kilts in the house.  But my fellow country men, both Canadian and Scots had me covered.  The United Kingdom table had a representative from MacEwan’s Meats with a crockpot full of haggis, carrots, and turnip.  I hadn’t had haggis since I was last in Scotland quite a while ago so this was a nice treat.


Not to be forgotten my fellow Canadians represented us well.  In a hallway away from the gym they set up a mini hockey game where all the kids were able to get their energy out.  And of course the Canadian table was full of butter tarts, maple leaf cookies and Timbits.

Canada Table

What a fun night, and my son even tried some new food which for us is an accomplishment.  I can’t wait until we do it again next year.