Thursday, October 9, 2014

Date Night--October 8, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Us!!!

Okay, technically it's not until Friday, but we have to be up and out of the house early on Saturday, so a fancy meal on Friday night didn't seem wise.  And Josh has to conduct a "technical interview" with some folks in India at 10:00 at night on Thursday, so drink wasn't in a good choice for Thursday either.  Really, Date Night is on Wednesday so this made it the most obvious choice.

I've been planning this meal for weeks now.  I had actually planned two different meals, but this is the one that won out in the end.  I'm glad this was the choice I made...Josh called it the "best meal he's or some time."  He called it restaurant worthy.  I made some of his favorite things, and he said they were exactly what they were supposed to be.  He orders these things out with great frequency, so I think he's qualified to make these judgments.

So you want to know what this meal was, right?

Cocktails and Appetizer

Not my photo...I forgot to take one.  This is what the drink looked like.

This cocktail is called the Boulevardier.  It is described as "bastard child of a Manhattan and a Negroni."  That went well with my whole menu plan.  It contains 2 oz of bourbon or rye whiskey (I did 1 oz of each), 1 oz of Campari, and 1 oz of sweet vermouth.  It as a tasty little concoction.

With the cocktails, I made this
Baby tomato, pesto & prosciutto tart
Again, I forgot to take to a picture.  This looks better than mine anyway.  :-)
Maybe I needed to let the puff pastry thaw a little more. My tart was kind of gummy in the center adn never got that beautiful golden crust.


My husband loves, I mean LOVES Caesar salad.  Me?  I'm not too fond of it.  Raw egg and anchovies aren't my thing.  But I can find and follow recipes.  So did.

Ingredients for the dressing and salad.
Josh's Caesar salad.  This picture was taken before I dressed it and add the 4 anchovy filets.

My Panzanella.  Italian "bread salad".  It was yummy, but I couldn't finish it.

Did you notice the croutons in the salads?  You should. I made them. Easy  peasy and super delicious.I did not use the fresh parsley in the recipe, but subbed some Italian seasoning blend.

It's a good thing I made the  croutons.  It made a great vehicle to taste....

Main Course

my tomato sauce!  Have you figured out that Italian was the theme of this week's Date Night.

Now this was not a Spaghetti and Meatballs kind of Italian.  This was Chicken Parmesan.  The only alteration that I made to the recipe was to use olive oil instead of vegetable and I added a Tbs of butter.  It was really good.

Chicken before adding sauce and cheeses.
Okay, I kinda forgot to take a picture of the main course after it was plated.  It kinda looked like this,.

I did not have garlic bread.  I did have the spaghetti though.


Ahhh dessert. For this I have many pictures.

I made Panna Cotta.   This is basically an eggless custard.  But I didn't want to make just chocolate panna cotta or just vanilla panna cotta. No.  That would have been too easy.  I wanted to do both.  I wanted this

This is actually MY dessert.  I took the picture and everything.
See the layesr?
 Wondering how I got that.  I was cooking all day long.  Did I mention that? ALL DAY LONG!  It started with the chocolate Panna Cotta.

I poured the custard from the saucepan to a measuring cup and then from the measuring cup to my stemless cocktail glasses nestled in a loaf pan. Into the fridge and then wait.

They were chilling in the fridge by 9.

At 12 I added the vanilla.

At 3:30 or so I added the raspberrries.

As I said at the start, I've been planning this meal for weeks.  After all, you only have 1 10th anniversary.  I used pinterest to do my searching.  I loved it.  I could pin and compare recipes very easily and pull them up on my i-pad in the kitchen for cooking.

This bring this installment of Date Night to a close.

happy cooking

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Date Night--October 1, 2014

Quick kitchen update--it's not done.  It won't be done by our anniversary.  Lowe's has brought it a new contractor.  This one seems competent.

Now on to the reason you're hear  DATE NIGHT!!!!

In my kitchen renovation, I have moved all of the china out of the china/liquor cabinet making it a dedicated BAR cabinet!

Josh worked really, really hard at setting this up the way he really, really wanted.  Now this is a really, really old piece of furniture.  And the lock on the left door is wonky--really, really wonky.  That is the portion of the cabinet that houses the cocktail shaker and the cocktail glasses.  

We had been leaving that door ajar.  Until this morning when I was cleaning up my kitchen.  I accidentally locked the shaker in the cabinet.  Josh has the magic touch and he will free it and then he will make martinis. I'm sad that I can't open it and make the cocktails myself.

With the cocktails we will be having fruit (honeycrisp apple and grapes) with cheddar cheese and yummy crackers.

Dinner is Crispy Cheddar Chicken from LaaLoosh.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

I will be accompanying it with roasted garlic broccoli.

Recipe: Skinny Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread | Skinny Mom | Where Moms Get the Skinny on Healthy Living

I did not actually grate my zucchini.  I shredded it.  Which means you can tell that it's there.  I've had the tiniest of tastes and you can't really taste the zucchini.  But you can see it.  I recommend grating it.  Easier to fool the chocoholic veggie phobic husband in the house.

That's all the news from here.  I think I'll go wrestle with the bar cabinet door once more.

happy cooking