Category Archives: Eat

Baked Pear with Red Wine Glaze


I’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut with having my raspberries for Date Night desserts.  Judging by the constant sale on them at the local Publix, you’d think they were in season all year long!  But it’s time to force myself to start exploring something new for desserts.  So for the most recent Date Night, I still stayed with the theme of roasted fruits & ice cream by having a roasted bosc pear with a red wine glaze.  While I usually associate pears with a fall dessert, this one will probably make it’s way into my spring repertoire quite a few more times! Continue reading

Spinach and Mushrooms

Sauteéd Spinach and Mushrooms

On a recent trip to Chicago, I had the chance to eat at Gibson’s which, if you haven’t been before, is a carnivore’s treat!  I highly recommend!  But to the point of this post, one of the sides we enjoyed was sauteéd mushrooms and spinach.  It was so good that I had to try and make it at home. Continue reading

Date Night Dinner: Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

One of my newest food obsessions this spring is cauliflower.  On a recent visit to The Olive Branch, I had their roasted cauliflower for an appetizer and it could’ve easily been an entreé in and of itself!  I’ve been looking for good meat substitutes that have enough density to make me feel like I’m eating something hearty and cauliflower, especially when roasted with some spices definitely makes the cut.  It’s like a vegetable steak!   Continue reading

Date Night Dinner: Artichoke and Asparagus Flatbread

Hot and ready, but not Little Ceasars!

It’s hot and ready, but it ain’t Little Ceasars!

Here’s a pizza recipe that rocks for an awesome date night experience.  Don’t settle for Little Caesar’s when you can make your own gourmet flatbread!  For those of you who just want the recipe, I’ll make it quick.  For those who want some tips on making flatbreads, hang with me to the bottom of the post! Continue reading

Episode IV: A New Ibrik or How to Make Turkish Coffee


I was crushed.  I was using my ibrik to reduce some pomegranate balsamic vinegar for my signature Balsamic Raspberry Frozen Yogurt and somehow the reduction created some kind of chemical reaction that caused the metal on the bottom to actually blister and seared the vinegar onto the inside of the pot.  Just when I was planning on a shot of Turkish coffee to accompany my dessert… Continue reading

Date Night Dinner: Balsamic Raspberry Dessert

Balsamic Raspberries and Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

If ever I had a signature dessert, this would be it.  While I can’t claim total originality on using a balsamic reduction in a dessert dish, this is one riff that I haven’t run across yet, so it’s as close to it as I’ll probably ever get!  The balsamic reduction has hints of dark chocolate and wine and combined with roasted raspberries over frozen vanilla yogurt, this makes a truly unique and killer dessert. Continue reading

Bistro Style!

We wanted something a little more casual for this week’s Date Night Dinner and something that we could make while talking and having a little fun.  That translates to a meal where we don’t really have to think too hard or have to concentrate on a recipe.  Homemade flatbread pizzas fit that bill perfectly!

Date night dinner of pesto, mushrooms and caramelized onion pizza and chicken, artichoke heart and pineapple pizza

Date night dinner of pesto, mushrooms and caramelized onion pizza and chicken, artichoke heart and pineapple pizza

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Date Night Dinner: Sambal Shrimp, Tangerine and Avocado Salad and Roasted Carrots

I’m still on the kabob kick for Date Nights.  Kind of reminds me of our steak kick last fall.  The great thing about kabobs is that the variety of foods you can skewer and the marinades you can make give you pretty much endless opportunities!  And what guy gets tired of throwing stuff on the grill (not to mention the easy cleanup afterwards)? Continue reading