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Romantic Dinner

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Story
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 One day I decided I wanted to plan a romantic dinner for my wife and myself. So the first thing I had to do was find a way to get her out of the house. First thing you need to understand is my wife doesn’t drive not that she doesn’t know how. We only have one car since I totaled hers a while ago, but that is a story for another time. The car we have is a 5 speed manual shift and she can drive a stick.

So when I want to do something romantic I have to have someone help me out. We have this friend who is a great friend and always tries to help us out. She is one of those friends everyone should have. So me and this friend we will call Emily (because that is her name) start emailing each other trying to set up the plan. We finally get the details of day and time worked out so she calls Angela and tells her that she wants to pick her up go for a walk with the dog. Angela agrees. Emily is going to pick Angela up around 4:30 on Friday.

On Wednesday Angela and I go to the grocery store and I am buying the ingredients I need. I buy some ground beef, spaghetti noodles, Italian bread, spaghetti sauce and so on. So we take the groceries home and put them away. She has no clue what is planned which is just the way I wanted it, she thought were just going to have spaghetti on night.

Friday comes around and I get home from work and Angela is at home, she doesn’t work on Fridays. She “REMINDS” me Emily is coming over and they are going to go out for a bit. I wine a little bit and ask her what I am supposed to do while she is gone.

Emily arrives. She and Angela leave heading for the park.

It is on now time to cook. I wait a couple of minutes to make sure they didn’t forget anything. Then I start getting everything out. I start cooking, while also preparing the table and all. We got new dishes for a wedding gift, so I get them out and wash them.  I put a table cloth on the Kitchen table get some candles out, and set the table. Let’s just say it look NICE!

I get the salad going cutting up veggies, put them in bowls and place them in the fridge until it is time. I finish the spaghetti. Now all I need is for Angela to be there. So I send Emily a message saying I am ready.

When Angela arrives she walks in and says “You’re not getting lucky.” Then she noticed the dinner I made for her. I walked her to the table and she sat down.

“How did you know when Emily was going to bring me home?” and “How did you know Emily wasn’t going to come in the house with me?”

I told her Emily was in on it, but it took awhile for her to grasp what I was saying. I think I surprised her that much. I then started serving the meal. It tasted really good. We ate and talked and just had a really good time. I love doing little things like this for her. I love attempting to spoil her because she deserves it.

She told me about the funny things Emily was saying while they were out. She said Emily kept saying things like “Are you hungry? I’m not I already ate.” Then she asked if she would like to go to the book store Angela was like yeah so they took the dog home and then Emily was like I am tired I am just going to take you home, because she got my text.

I tried this again a couple of weeks later, with different food. It didn’t turn out as surprising to her. I think she knew the whole time what was going on. Now she is looking for the flaws in the stories. I am going to have to find a new way to surprise her.

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Recipe 1-4

Posted: August 13, 2010 in Food
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I love to cook. I want to create meals that the people who eat them just love them so much that they cannot help but eat seconds. One day I would love to open my open restaurant to please the people with my own creations, but until that day I am going to share my creations with you. I hope that you cook these and enjoy them as much as I do.

Below you will see a couple or few recipes that I have created that taste really good. The recipes are pretty easy to make. I am including an recipes to create an entire meal, including appetizer, main course and side, and we cannot forget dessert.

All ingredients can be found at your local grocery or if you have a home grown garden most could be pick there.

Bruschetta

Ingredients
  • 1 loaf(s) (8 ounces) Italian bread
  • 1 clove(s) (large) garlic, cut in half
  • 1 1/4 pound(s) (8 medium) ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoon(s) fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In small bowl, gently toss tomatoes, onion, basil, oil, salt, and pepper until combined. Let sit while bread is prepared. So all can flavors can mingle together.
  2. In skillet melt half stick of butter and place bread in hot melted butter. Flip bread to insure that both sides are buttered.
  3. Toast bread until crusty on both sides. Transfer bread to wire racks to cool slightly. When bread is cool enough to handle, rub 1 side of each toast slice with cut side of garlic. Discard garlic.
  4. To serve, spoon 1 heaping tablespoon tomato mixture on garlic-rubbed side of each toast slice.

Cajun Chicken Under a Brick

Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (hot)
  • 1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian-style seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions

  1. If chicken is frozen thaw first. Once thawed take a knife and cut slits in chicken so marinade can get in. (May not be necessary but I do it)
  2. In a large shallow dish, mix the oil, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and lemon pepper. Place the chicken in the dish, and turn to coat with the mixture. Cover, and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
  3. Preheat the grill for high heat.
  4. Lightly oil the grill grate. Drain chicken, and discard marinade. Place chicken on hot grill and cover with aluminum foil covered brick.
  5. Cook for 15minutes on each side, or until juices run clear.

Cajun Grilled Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 Large Onion
  • Minced Garlic
  • Butter
  • Pam Cooking Spray
  • Cajun Spice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Pull out a piece of aluminum foil and spray with Pam. Dice up potatoes approx. 2 per person. Cut onion into medium chunks. Mix these items in a bowl add salt, pepper and Cajun Spices to taste, and you can use a garlic seasoning or a fresh minced garlic. Add other seasonings to add different flavor.
  2. After potatoes, onion, and seasoning mixed place on tinfoil curl up the sides to make a bowl. Now take another piece of tinfoil to place on top of bowl, spray with Pam. Add approximately 4-5 tbsp of butter.
  3. Once you have the foil packed closed up and ready to go place on grill at medium heat allow approximately 45 min. before cooking meat. When the potatoes are soft take foil pack off grill and place in oven to keep warm.

Strawberry Fool

Ingredients
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

Directions

  1. Hull strawberries, then wash them and chop into 1/4-inch-thick pieces. Toss with half the sugar, and wait 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they give up their juices.
  2. Place half the strawberries and all the juice in a blender, and puree. Pour puree back in bowl with chopped strawberries.
  3. Whip the cream (you are going to want to use a mixer) with remaining sugar and vanilla until cream is stiff and holds peaks easily. Fold berries and cream together, and serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to two hours.