shallots through sauteing them in butter and oil. A simple, but beautiful dance of flavors. Shallots are so aromatic and this recipe uses a whole cup of them! Not the cheapest way to go, but quite worth it in the end. Meanwhile, soaking in a hot bath, are the pungent dried shiitakes. The recipe calls for dried porcini mushrooms, but since I had shiitakes, I went with that.
The soup was divine and the rest of the evening was quite enjoyable. Our porch was definitely a place of entertainment for both kids and adults. Who knew black lights could be such a draw? Our trick-or-treaters were also privy to some dark, eerie music, provided by my own resident DJ Maleko (aka, my boyfriend Mark).
The street was quieting down, so we had to partake in the free blackjack taco from Taco Bell. You all heard about that, right? Free blackjack taco from 6pm - midnight on Halloween. Don't tell me I was the only one who did that?! It was a beautiful evening, so we strolled our neighborhood, coffee mugs in hand (minus the coffee but filled with beer), and ventured to our local Taco Bell. The evening concluded with a hot sauce packet proposal. Hot sauce packets with romantic sayings. Hmm....what's next?