Spaghetti with Savoy Cabbage and Breadcrumbs
Making your own breadcrumbs for this elevates the breadcrumbs from adding crunch to being a delivery system for more butter. Sauteing the cabbage completely mellowed out its flavor and the butter and cheese made a great coating for the pasta. Everyone was surprised by how much they liked this dish.
Red Wine Chocolate Cake
Like Deb says in the recipe, I'd never heard of putting red wine in chocolate cake. It was a really interesting addition and made for a very rich cake. As much as I liked the cake, I think the marscarpone whipped cream was the real surprise here -- SO GOOD. I should never make regular whipped cream again.