Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Date Night (at home)

Jeremy and I are on to something here.

It all started on Valentine's Day when we were tired of going out (my birthday, our 4-year's old's birthday, other engagements, etc.) and decided to put the kids in bed early and cook ourselves a fancy meal--a cooking date, if you will.

date night at home

Ever since, we've had several of these little stay-in dates and they're quickly becoming our favorite!

The trick is to buy special date-night-worthy food that requires little prep and serve it on the good dishes.

Last night, the menu was: artisan rosemary bread (from the freezer section) with herbed olive oil for dipping (recipe at bottom), lamb tenderloin--salted, peppered and pan-seared, crab cakes (from the seafood case) and fresh spinach with a little of the warm, flavored oil drizzled on top.

Can you tell how much I liked that bread and oil? Nyum nyum nyum.
date night at home 2

After dinner, we watched a movie and enjoyed a piece of chocolate pie.

simple and relaxing, lots of laughter, I totally recommend it.

Herb and Garlic-infused Olive Oil

(These are all approximations, as I really just made it up as I went. You can't mess this up.)

Drizzle a little oil in a saucepan (I used about 1/3 cup). Begin to warm the oil over low heat and chop fresh herbs. I used a sprig of rosemary, a few leaves of oregano and a few sprigs of thyme. Add the herbs to the oil, along with a clove of chopped garlic and a sprinkling of sea salt and cracked black pepper. Simmer until the garlic looks toasted.
Linked to: Fingerprints on the Fridge, Finding Fabulous, Tatertots and Jello


  1. Date nights at home are the best! Sounds like you had quite the delicious meal! Thanks for sharing the dipping oil recipe - I'm a sucker for bread, herbs, and oil!

  2. Fun!! My hubby and I did that last night too!! Such great moments!

  3. Awesome! My hubby and I TRY to do this every Friday night.

  4. So cute !!!
    This valentines day my husband had me stay at my moms house all day. I came home to a fully decorated apartment.. roses,candles,jewelry ! He made my favorite dish.. chicken dumplings ! My husband is the cutest thing ever ! I love him so much.
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  5. That is awesome. The hubby and I used to do that a few years ago and I guess we just forgot about it! I think we should start it up again.

  6. Great idea! We always enjoy those nights the best! :)

  7. Date nights at home are great! Sounds like you had fun!! Love your blog! Hope you'll check out mine. Susan


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