Monday, January 31, 2011
On Sunday, which is almost always "family day", my sisters and their precious children were at my parents house for a nice, homestyle dinner. What better to way to end the hectic week than relaxing on the couch, in front of the fire, with the pitter patter of FOUR kids throughout the house. Y'all ready? Enjoy a recap of my weekend (in pictures).
Before you know it, the weekend is gone in a blink of an eye....Oh to be a kid again :)
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Needless to say, tonight I was home at 5pm, and the snow was in full force. There are already several inches on the ground, the fireplace is crackling, and I have no intentions of going anywhere at all until work again tomorrow morning...so what's a girl to do?! EAT OF COURSE.
Tonight for dinner we had Lobster Mac N Cheese :
and Oven-Baked Thai chicken...
SO good...the zucchini is something I make at least once/week. I get the zucchini fresh from Wegmans, boil them, and liberally put Laconiko Olive Oil + S&P + oregano on them.... AMAZING!!! Then you dig into a bite of super savory lobster mac n' cheese, made with fresh lobster meat and freshly grated Pecorino Romano, Gouda, and Cheddar. The lobster is sweet and the cheese is salty sending your tastebuds on a heavenly ride.
You can't eat dinner without something sweet at the end, right?!
MmMmM...Vegan deliciousness to the ReScUe!!
I hope you all are enjoying your evening, no matter if there is snow on your front porch or not. Until next time...
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
What will our menu be? How do we even cook JUST for two? Will it turn out good or are we going to end up ordering chinese delivery? I don't even know how to turn on the grill!! Eeek!!
Fear not, my friends. Not only did we pull of NYE dinner without a flaw, but the food tasted SO good that it leaves me wanting more of it almost 3 weeks later.
Please, grab a glass of wine, kick up your feet, and join me while I take you through our first Dinner for Two...
The day began with an early trip to Starbucks for a couple of lattes to-go. It was a perfectly sunny, crisp winter day. Blue skies. Rolling country landscape. Air that smells so fresh with a hint of "cow".
-Organic ground bison & 80% lean ground beef
-Sweet italian sausage
-Medium soft Brie
Organic bison, beef, sausage + an egg, chopped onions, parsley, S&P, and a wee bit of Panko.
BF was gracious enough to let me stay inside the perfectly heated house while he grilled outdoors in 20degree weather. That's love. Since I got to stay nice & warm I took the liberty of pouring a couple glasses of these incredible wines:
Slightly sweet with a bubbly feeling...SO good!
This is one of Unicorn's award-winning wines. One sip and you'll know why!! It's extremely light and smooth with fruity notes.
Time for the appetizers!!!
Are you catching the drift here?! Fresh prosciutto + Medjool dates stuffed with Brie + a drizzle of the only olive oil I use = Perfection!! The sweet and salty mix will send your tastebuds on a roller coaster ride!!
This "Roaring 40's Blue Cheese" is actually much milder than your traditional blue cheese. The other topping was a bit more on the sweeter side using these ingredients of choice:
You can see large pieces of the figs in here!! Seriously, this is so versatile. I won't lie...I may (or may not have) taken a spoonful straight out of the jar and into my belly. Oops! Hey, I did it to make sure it wasn't toxic.
We then placed fresh spinach, bella mushrooms, and shallots in a pan with a liberal amount of Laconiko olive oil & sauteed into a heavenly little topping for the FIG burgers.
The Final Result...
And last but not least, ending the night perfectly... BF taking charge of lighting a crackling fire...
and finger-lickin'-good Chocolate Dipped StRaWbErRiEs!!!
In all honesty, this was one of the most delicious meals I have had in a long time. For the last 2 years, BF & I have tried going "out" for NYE but this year we changed it up by staying in. The night couldn't have been better. We had so much fun getting ingredients, planning, and prepping this dinner for ourselves. And best of all?? We were in pajamas warm & snug watching the ball drop on TV.
I hope you ALL have been doing great 13 days into this new year. May it bring you lots of happiness, health, and blessings.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Sugar cookies (after my niece&nephew got to them)
Hoodycreek cranberry/white choc/oat cookies (delish!!!) Melomakarona (amazing traditional honey-soaked Greek cookies)
White chocolate-dipped Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti Kourambiedes (Traditional Greek sugar cookie)
Homemade Peppermint Patties (YUM!)
Santa's plate Christmas Eve... Santa clearly liked his snack :) Thanks for joining. Until next time...