Throw Some Sprinkle Cheese On It

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We like trying new recipes, but it's a risky hobby.  While the rewards are high, the occasional failure is unavoidable.  And, inevitably, you find a recipe that doesn't work on just the night that your 3-year-old hasn't stopped talking for an hour--even to take a breath--and everyone is hungry and crotchety.

Tonight, it was cream sauce that would not cream.  Instead of getting thick and smooth, the feta curdled into cottage cheese-y lumps that floated in the milk and butter and cream.  

And then, after looking at the still spindly asparagus at our store, I subbed chard in as the vegetable.  So the whole thing turned a little pink, just to make it look even worse.  (Must remember to use kale in white sauces.)

Alas, there was nothing for it but to plate-up our curdled, pink-sauce pasta.  The troops were hungry, and I didn't have it in me to start over.

But, you know what?  A handful of "sprinkle cheese" on top of each bowl made it look much better.  And it actually tasted pretty good.