Homemade gnocchi with sausage, and butternut squash and apple soup

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Last night we celebrated Leah’s brother’s birthday at my house. Happy birthday Sam! Our contribution to dinner was homemade gnocchi with Italian sausage, and a delicious butternut and apple soup.

The gnocchi is actually two recipes on the Martha Stewart website. We used a couple of sweet potatoes in our gnocchi and added Italian sausage from the New Seasons meat counter.

The soup came from my mom’s Barefoot Contessa cookbook. I remember her making it sometime in the not too distant past and loved it. The apples and apple cider are what make it unique — we used honey crisp. It’s great for a rainy fall evening.
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Last weekend of October in Budapest

After the Automattic company meetup, Michelle came out to Budapest for a few days and we explored the city. Thursday evening, we had a wonderful, multi-course meal including escargot (my first time), Hungarian goulash, plum-stuffed duck, and a thirty year-old aperitif. Friday, Michelle and I walked around the city, went to the Terror House, and saw the opera with a philharmonic orchestra. On Saturday, we went back to an excellent nearby cafe for second rounds on a delicious breakfast, then checked out the castle up behind our hotel, and finished up by hitting the bathes.

Before I arrived, I heard Budapest described as “Little Paris.” Now we both know why.

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Wow, what an amazingly satisfying dinner at Applewood. Even though it’s only a block away from my old place, this evening was our first time. Michelle and I split zesty calamari for an appetizer. I had an excellent quinoa and grilled summer vegetables entree, and she had fresh Atlantic bass over a great squash risotto. For dessert, we had buttermilk panna cotta. The service was superb and, although somewhat pricey, I highly recommend it.