April 6, 2011

Anniversary: In The Kitchen

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As much as we would LOVE to go out on the town every anniversary….with tough times upon us…it may not be an option for every couple out there.  Even if money isn’t really a problem for you and your sweetheart….there is just something about a delicious home-cooked meal (and dessert) that can be super romantic!

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Setting The Mood

By: Tara

Let’s start off with the table setting!  If you want a romantic dinner…you first need to start with making sure the surroundings are fitting the mood you are in….or will be in soon….

Here are some items you might want to gather for that special night:

  • A tablecloth OR satin/silky fabric you can use for the centerpiece
  • Tall candles (& a lighter or matches)
  • Small tea candles
  • Soft, romantic music
  • Flower petals OR glass beads
  • Nice dinnerware
  • Cloth napkins would be fabulous
  • A stunning centerpiece (flowers, home decor, Valentine decor, etc)

That’s it!  What makes it EVEN better is if your spouse was not expecting it!  Who wouldn’t want to walk into a home where the children are at a sitter’s house, there is soft music playing, a YUMMY aroma is coming from the kitchen, the dinner table is beautifully set with the lights dimmed and there are candles softly showing off the beautiful decor on the table…..

Yeah….that’s what I thought!  Everybody would LOVE to walk into that sweet setting!  So, think ahead of time about what you already have to contribute to the mood of it all and then plan a trip to Michael’s Arts & Crafts or Walmart (or a friend’s house) to get the rest of the items.  In the picture above…the only items I didn’t already own were the tall candlesticks!  {P.S. I also recommend lighting candles around the room AND sprinkling rose petals around.  If you don’t want to deal with the mess, there are always fake rose petals AND those inexpensive fake candles that you can turn on!}

Alright – onto dinner & dessert ideas!

All The Good Stuff Wrapped In Bacon

By: Kiirsten

I am one who has a tendency to lean towards sentimental ideas that are metaphorical.  When I saw ran across these beautiful filled chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, I immediately thought of our lives.  The wild rice and spices inside represent the wild ride life gives us… from work to kids to health problems, there is no shortage both good and bad of the wild ride!  The chicken itself is our hard work and service to each other.  Every day we find solutions, we support each other, we listen and negotiate, we make dinner for our spouse for the nine thousandth time, and the list goes ooonn. Both the wild rice and chicken are a delicious part of the dish, but… then there’s the Bacon.  Mmmm.  The bacon represents Love.  It is the best part!  Its flavor permeates everything, making it better.  It’s wrapped around our wild ride and our efforts, holding everything together as it makes it all worth it.  Over dinner don’t forget to mention just how much being in love makes it all worth it.  Now….time to spill the beans!  If you don’t have a lot of time to make a fabulous home-cooked meal….and you want it to look SUPER expensive….or at least like you slaved away over it….go to the grocery store and purchase it already put together!!  :)  {Wink….that’s what I did!}

A Meal Called Desire

By: Kari

Sometimes a meal with the person you love most in this world can have a lot more meaning that what’s on the menu. Some foods speak to us in ways not even we ourselves can explain. Sharing an amazing meal together as a couple can be a bonding experience. That is why it is important for us to choose our menu wisely when it comes to special occasions or why certain foods or places can recall special memories. Here is one of many menu options you might want to consider for your special Anniversary meal this year. I promise that none of these recipes are overwhelming or as complicated as they may seem on paper. Your spouse will definitely be taken back if you cook up this dynamite meal.

Sometimes a meal with the person you love most in this world can have a lot more meaning that what’s on the menu. Some foods speak to us in ways not even we ourselves can explain. Sharing an amazing meal together as a couple can be a bonding experience. That is why it is important for us to choose our menu wisely when it comes to special occasions or why certain foods or places can recall special memories. Here is one of many menu options you might want to consider for your special Anniversary meal this year. I promise that none of these recipes are overwhelming or as complicated as they may seem on paper. Your spouse will definitely be taken back if you cook up this dynamite meal.

Prime Rib – click HERE for the recipe.

Roasted Garlic – click HERE for the recipe.

Asparagus – Cook your asparagus for 3-5 minutes in the microwave with a small amount of water. Once they are hot (they should still be somewhat crisp) top with butter and parmesan cheese (lightly sprinkle over the asparagus).


Garlic Mashed Potatoes – click HERE for the recipe.

Click HERE for a downloadable recipe for the Poppyseed Cake shown above and ALL of the other recipes for the “Meal of Desire”.

4-Star Restaurant Style Food

By: Bridget

When it comes to DIY food for your anniversary you want it to be special and out of the ordinary. I like to think of it as something too yummy and pretty to ever eat……EXCEPT on a very special occasion. So basically it better look like you are eating at some fabulous 4 star restaurant in New York or LA. To get this Celeb style look the key it to use whatever pretty dishes you have (that you never use), get some garnish (mint leaves and parsley usually work), find a fabulous recipe online(or steal my yummy recipes)…. and get to work! I always like to make dinner together though! I think the time spent together in the kitchen is so much fun. You are both working together to make something yummy and pretty happen so you should just be playful and have fun! I have three no fail fabulous recipe’s that I use when I want to make things special. The first one is a breakfast recipe! This will give you that out to brunch feel. These pancakes are so rich and yummy you will DIE! Okay maybe not die but they are soooooooo GOOD!

Spice Pancakes

The next two recipes cover dinner and dessert and are both ITALIAN but not the pizza spaghetti kind!

 Ricotta Ravioli

Asparagus

Lemon-Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Buttermilk Sauce

 ….hopefully the pictures said it all!  To get a download of THESE yummy recipes….click HERE!

Tooty-Fruity

By: Cami

Fruit…yum!  I LOVE fruit.  The best thing about it is it tastes good and is healthy for you as well!  I wanted to make a treat that screamed anniversary but also was a little bit healthier for you.  So, I made a heart shaped fruit pizza!  Yummy! Has anyone ever had this amazing dessert? It’s so delicious and you can make it anniversary worthy by just adding a few simple items to it.  HERE is a downloadable recipe for this fun dessert.

Not Your Ordinary Cake

By: Wendy

Having a dessert for that special night can sometimes be the same old same old. For us, that happens to be ice cream! I L-O-V-E ice cream! This year I tossed it up a bit. Cake bites seem to be the “new” thing, and I have been experimenting a lot with them. They seemed to be a HUGE hit, and you cal doll them up however you want to. With sprinkles, favorite candies, colored chocolate… the creativity can be endless! Here is a simple recipe I have used and is tasty!

1 cake mix prepared and cooked according to box. Cooled completely and crumbled into a bowl.

2 cups of your favorite frosting, mixed into the cake crumbs.

Roll into balls, freeze for 10-30 minutes

Dip or roll in chocolate or almond bark.

Let harden, eat!

HERE is a downloadable recipe for this delicious recipe!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

By: Tara

Something about dipping strawberries into chocolate and FEEDING them to your sweetheart just seems SUPER romantic!  I attempted to prepare these for our anniversary two years ago (….ummm….and this is a gal who does NOT spend a lot of time in the kitchen…) and thankfully they turned out.  {hours later….lol}  One tip for melting the chocolate…make sure you use a double-boiler so you don’t burn the chocolate..and if you don’t have one, then you can make one by filling a medium saucepan 3/4 full with water. Then rest a saucepan or a heat-proof bowl inside of it and fill it with your chocolate chips. Turn the stove on low heat…and stir occasionally. Yep – coming from the non-cook…but HEY…great advice!!

I “Heart” You

By: Tara

I made this dessert for Valentine’s Day two years ago…and we both LOVED it!  I found the recipe HERE and just swapped the raspberries out for strawberries.  We actually just had this last week again.  SO easy to prepare and very pleasing to the eyes!  You just need twinkies, strawberries, and whipped cream!

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Is your stomach growling now?  So is MINE!!  We would LOVE, love, LOVE to hear about any recipes for dinner or dessert that you think are perfect for anniversaries!  Do tell!!

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10 Responses to “Anniversary: In The Kitchen”

  1. Erika Erika says:

    Oh, these all look SO good! Don’t do that to a pregnant girl…now I’ll have to make these to satisfy all my cravings!

    • Kristen Kristen says:

      hahaha! I litterally was saying I wish I could reach into the computer and eat all of that! lol! then I saw your comment. SO funny what pregnancy does to you!

  2. Rosie says:

    here are a couple of easy recipes we stole from a fancy restaurant:
    1. baked brie in pastry! Get a wedge of brie and wrap it in frozen puff pastry or phyllo dough, brush with melted butter, and bake half an hour or so till it’s golden and starting to melt out. Make a sauce by cooking together honey, water, and fruits like peeled, diced apples and whole or dried cranberries. Pour the sauce over the hot cheese and serve with slices of toasted french bread or crackers.

    2. Cut up red and green peppers, onions, and fresh garlic or garlic powder, and sautee them with chunks of Italian sausage and whatever spices you want, in olive oil. Cut up french bread–homemade or store-bought–into cubes, and fry it with the vegetables and sausage till they are golden and as crunchy as you want. Drizzle on some warm olive oil. This is so easy, but it looks like such a fancy Italian meal! Serve it with a nice salad, and the brie for an appetizer, and you have a whole meal!

  3. Bethany says:

    I wish my mommy and daddy would eat this its their 17th anniversary and I want to make them a romantic dinner :(

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