Thursday, March 14, 2013

Date Night Dinners

Hi Foody Friends!

I love Wednesdays!  My favorite day of the week, because it's Date Night!  Yes, Date Night.  The night when my husband and I have a nice dinner, in or out, and send our kids upstairs for movies and bed!  Yes, I make our kids go upstairs and leave us alone when we "dine in." LOL.  It's all good.  I suggest every couple needs to do that, at least once a week.  You need to get your sanity back and keep that spark going in your marriage, too.  This includes no Smartphones, Facebook or texting.  Although, I did have to confront my husband last night to "put the phone away!!!!!" So he did.

Dining out is such an easy option, but as parents of two and one on the way, that's not always an option.  But, the upside is my husband has a wife that loves to cook, and of course, loves to whip up a Date Night dinner for us to smooch over.  Hearty meals to something light has been on our Date Night table every week.  This week request was "something light."  So, a trip to Hannaford is where I went.  This week they had Fresh Salmon 6 oz. pieces for $4.99/each.  Beautiful bright pieces of Salmon, too.  I will take two!  I also picked up a bag of  String Beans and Carrots Mix.  You can find them near the produce, they're not frozen, but fresh.  It's a great substitute until the summer season rolls in for the Farmers Markets.

Now, I already knew what our appetizer would be.  More like, soup or salad?  French Onion Soup has been on my mind for a week.  Make my own?  Why of course not.  Although, it's fairly easy to make, but this time, its Campbell's.  Even though we were eating light, the French Onion Soup will make up the left over hunger you might experience.  As for me, pregnant, yes there's a lot of left over hunger!  Here's a rule.  When melting the cheese over your bread and soup, under the broiler, you must brown the cheese.  Not burn, just a little crispy. It's the best part!!!

So, what have we learned today?  Schedule a Date Night, look forward to spending time with your significant other, get a babysitter or Red Box for the kids and enjoy your night together.  It's not necessary to go out for dinner, when you can make your Date Night just as romantic and delicious in your own home.  As always, I have the recipe for you so you can get started on your very own, Date Night.


2- 6oz. pieces of Salmon
1 Bag  Fresh String Beans and Carrots mixed
2 Garlic cloves
1 small onion
2 tbsp. butter
Salt and Pepper


Place the Salmon in a dish, minced 1 Garlic Clove, Salt and Pepper each side of the Salmon, drizzle EVOO just enough to cover both sides of the Salmon, about a couple tablespoons. Cover and marinated for about an hour before cooking.


Chop 1 small onion, minced 1 garlic clove.  Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saute pan, then add onion and garlic until soft.  Add your veggies and toss to coat until heated through.


Heat your grill pan over medium heat.  Place the salmon on the grill pan and cook about 5 minutes on each side. Add Salt and Pepper for taste.  Brush Bourbon Sauce on each side while grilling.*

Plate your veggies first and add the Salmon right on top.  You can serve with a side Baked Potato or just eat as is.

*I used a Bayou Bourbon Sauce from Tastefully Simple.  You can visit or for great Bourbon Glaze recipes.  Your Salmon will taste just as great without glaze too.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Let's order Pizza....or not?

Hi Foody Friends,

Friday night is Pizza Night in the Wright that fast, you may have thought I said, White House. LOL.  I love a good cheesy slice of pizza anytime.  There's lots of great pizzerias here in the BSpa, but every once in a while I like to venture out and make my own!  I believe it's a skill that you must acquire in order to make a good pizza.  I think I have that skill, well to a certain extent, of course.  Give me a glass a wine and I may spin some dough for you.

Speaking of dough.  I hate to make my own dough, it's time consuming.  It's all about the yeast, if the yeast don't rise, you're screwed!   You sit there, and wait and wait just for a rise. Then, finally, it rose!  By this time, I have no interest in making a pizza, I will throw the sauce and cheese on it and call it a night!  I have a tip, go to your local pizzeria, buy a dough round for a couple bucks and save yourself some time.  Plus it rolls out so nicely, just a little flour and a good rolling pin, you are all set.  Once that beautiful circle of dough is formed and you refill your wine glass, you are on your way to one awesome pizza.   I buy my dough at I Love NY Pizza on Route 50 in Bspa, the dough is always perfect!

The best part about making pizza at home, if you have kids, they absolutely love it!  One dough round can make 4 personal pizzas.  Kids style pizzas you can't go wrong, get some cheese, pepperoni and sauce, then let them go to town making their own pizzas.  It's quick, easy and kid friendly. Plus, the Mom of the Year Award will definitely be in your favor.  Of course, the clean up isn't as nearly as fun, especially with flour. Buy an extra bottle, that's all I can say. :)

So it happens to be Friday Night...what are your  If you're in the mood to take a trip on the wild side of pizza making, then check out the recipe below!  You won't be disappointed!  Enjoy.

1- Dough Round
1- Garlic Clove
1- 14 oz. Pizza Sauce
1- Bundle Fresh Basil
1- Bag of Baby Spinach
1- Pre-sliced Fresh Mozzarella Log
1- Lg. Tomato
2 Tbsp. - Italian Seasonings
Salt and Pepper 

Preheat oven at 450 degrees, brush some Extra Virgin Olive Oil around the crust to get the dough golden brown.  Cook for about 15 minutes.