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.