Valentine’s day dinner at home

Sorry bloggies, I’ve been kind of ignoring you for the last few days.  I don’t know what happened.  I just go crazy busy and was totally at a loss for words.  I figured you wouldn’t want a super boring post, so instead I waited until I had a little bit more time on my hands.  Anyways, instead of overloading you with pictures and descriptions of the food I’ve had over the last 3 days, I’ll just get straight to my valentine’s day dinner (I’ll probably do another quick weekend recap with just pictures later).

My husband and I had plans to go out to a super fancy dinner in Boston with the rest of my family today, so instead of having 2 dinners out back to back, on Valentine’s day we decided to recreate a fancy dining experience right in our own home.  It was a lot of fun! We turned off the tv, set a bunch of candles and really pretended like we were in a restaurant.  We were even being totally silly and tried to give our restaurant a zagat rating.  We decided that the food was about an 18, the decor was probably a 20 (I hate our tablecloths so that’s how we “lost some points”) and service was either a 0 (because we had to do all the work) or a 30 (because the staff was so friendly and customized everything to our taste).  Haha, yeah we were definitely being silly. 😀

So when we decided to stay in for the night, I was planning on making a super fancy dinner.  I had an elaborate menu planned and was both really excited and really nervous to make the meal.  I knew it was just for the 2 of us (so there was no real pressure like when you have people over) but still… it was a somewhat special night so yeah, I was nervous.  Anyways, fast forward to what actually happened… we got lazy and decided to take the easy route and buy some pre-prepped food at Whole Foods.  This way we got to enjoy the night, 100% stress free! 😀

We started the night with a gobble-tini and a delicious sourdough roll with butter – just like in a restaurant!  We used regular vodka, added extra cranberry juice (it was super strong otherwise!) and a few fresh blackberries for garnish.  So fun!

gobbletini

Haha, how do you like that stick of butter in the background? 😉

sourdough roll

And then we shared this fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil tower… pretty fancy, heh?  I stacked it all by myself 😉

fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil

Then we moved back to the kitchen to prepare the main course: terryaki marinated steak tips (bought pre-marinated at WF), garlic mashed potatoes, baby spinach and grape tomatoes sauteed in EVOO and garlic and and feta and spinach stuffed mushrooms (bought at WF).  So yes, a bunch of the food was pre-made, but we still baked it and I did make some sides so I wasn’t a complete slacker 😆

main course

I think the stuffed mushroom may have been my favorite.  It was super cheesy and delicious!

feta/spinach stuffed mushroom

spinach and grape tomatoes

garlic mashed potatoes

I ate almost everything.  It was very delicious and I’m sure a fraction of the calories of a restaurant meal.  Oh, and we enjoyed this course with a very nice bottle of wine my husband got for Christmas from his job back in 2007.  We finally had a special enough occasion to drink it!  It was very nice but I actually was so stuffed from food that I drank less than a glass.

silver oak label

And of course, you know I can’t finish a meal without dessert!  My husband had some aged cheddar and I bought a super fancy looking chocolate cheesecake.  This thing was dense and creamy – just the way I like my deserts 😉  I hardly finished it (with a tiny bit of help from my husband) and was in a bit of a fetal position for the rest of the night.  It’s ok – it was worth it! 😀

chocolate cheesecake

How was your valentine’s day?

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