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Valentine’s day dinner at home

February 15th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

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!


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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10 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Tiffany

    That chocolate cheesecake looks intense! Yum :)

  • #2 - Sharon

    Oh wow, you sure had one tasty tasty tasty TASTTTYYYY valentines!

  • #3 - Lara

    Glad you’re back! What a great night in. We did the same thing and stayed home. Unfortunately we aren’t rated on Zagat though 😉 Hehe. Everything looks wonderful. You got the best of both worlds (not having to slave away but enjoying the privacy of your own home). Delicious!

  • #4 - K

    Everything looks amazing!!

  • #5 - Melissa S.

    Love the Zagat ratings; rock’n.

    and that dessert looks scrumptious!

  • #6 - rhodeygirl

    ummm when i saw the stacked caprese salad I definitely scrolled back up to see the name of the restaurant hahahahahah! great job on the dinner! looks awesome!

  • #7 - not sister inna

    haha, love that we had the same first course for our V-day dinner!
    The food looks delicious- especially the dessert. I like the staying in but getting largely pre-made food idea- I am always such an extremist between either I make it or we go out it’s nice to see the very obvious alternative I never though of!

  • #8 - Lisa

    everything looks delish! Good idea going to WF theres no point in being stressed out or stuck in the kitchen all night you know! You are too cute with the ratings. I would come to your restaurant haha.

  • #9 - Sophia

    wow, everything looks freaking awesome, esp that stuffed mushroom! and good job on stacking those mozzarella and tomato! yum yum~
    I think a nice ol’ valentines day dinner at home is perfect and homey and romantic, better than spending big bucks out at some fancy restaurant!

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