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February 15, 2011

Valentine’s Day 2011

twas good!

On Valentine’s Day we sat around the kitchen table with Cooper and ate frozen pizza. Sounds totally glamorous, right? Don’t worry, we exchanged cards. There was love! When we planned our Valentine’s day meal, we decided to make it all happen on Sunday, the day before V-DAY. This way we could have time to cook and enjoy a meal together after Cooper went down for the night. No stupid traffic to contend with, no road rage or wiped-out-from-work attitudes between the two of us. Nope! Just a relaxing evening cooking in the kitchen and sharing a bottle of wine…being all adulty, but wearing pajamas while doing so. Nice pajamas. Cuz you know…it’s Valentine’s Day.

The menu:

  • Arugula salad with a fig balsamic dressing with shaved Parmesan
  • Bay Scallop Gratin (that made me a scallop lover! Thanks Ina!)
  • Risotto Bianco (was good, but would never attempt it if I was on Top Chef! Those judges are harsh!)

The best part? Being surprised by my husband with #19 from my 31 comes before 32 list. We’re taking a cooking class together! I’m so glad that I don’t have to teach him how to cook! It’s gonna be a total riot.

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  • Megan Gordon

    So glad you guys had a nice Valentine’s Day–so smart to celebrate a day early. Enough with that Monday craziness. And I love that you’re taking a cooking class together–what a great idea! Hope you’re good and happy and heck, let’s plan a date one of these days for crying out loud. xo.

  • Megan

    Tasty! Love the tabletop setup too!

  • heather

    This is very much how our (celebrated on Sunday) Valentine’s went. Leisurely meal with wine, fancy but not too too. I imagine you used bay scallops for the gratin — have you ever tried the sweet jumbo scallops? Is that Jamie Oliver’s risotto bianco? You keep hitting on all the items we’re serving at our wedding! We’re actually making risotto for our guests, DURING the reception! Our groomsmen and several male relatives will do all the cooking in front of everyone, the ladies and guests will watch and wait (and drool) for risotto. Fingers crossed it works out!

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

    • Tracy

      WOW! Your wedding sounds fantastic! The risotto was from Alice Waters’ Simple Food cookbook. The scallops were the small bay scallops (which I actually prefer to the large scallops!) The texture of a large scallop kinda freaks me out!

  • cheryl

    How the heck do you get a picture like that? Are you in some Cirque de Soleil contraption hanging from the ceiling??

  • Jessica

    Those plates! Sounds like a great meal, but my favorite is that it was a pajama party. :)

  • Dayanna

    Looks amazing! Good idea on doing it on the sunday.

    also on a side note: what do you use for programs to photoshop/add text and jazz up your photos? They always look so fun and fabulous!

  • Beth

    I love that scallop recipe, too! Looks like a great meal.

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