My friend from high school, Emily Piskulick, writes a darling fashion blog called DearSerendipity. We collaborated our two passions–food and fashion–to create two date night ideas. One is more casual with a classic jean look and chicken dish. The other is a bit fancy with a pretty dress and gourmet pasta.
For a casual date night, this dinner is easy to prepare and delicious to enjoy. The lemon pepper chicken from Life’s Ambrosia is flavored by a zesty marinade. The spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette is full of colorful veggies. A side of Uncle Ben’s wild rice, or any flavor that you like, will be a nice balance and will only take a few minutes to cook. Store-bought or homemade angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream is a light, no-bake dessert.
This pesto and shrimp pasta tastes as gourmet as it looks. Plus, the leftovers double in flavor the next day. Any roasted vegetable would pair beautifully with the pasta. I chose asparagus, but squash, tomatoes or yellow zucchini also be complementary. The side of bread is an extra touch, but not essential. A giant pizookie (pizza-cookie), like this one from Serious Eats, is fun to share with a date.
Emily has all the details about the outfits on her DearSerendipity post! Check it out and share the link with your friends. You could even pass the link on to your significant other as a hint for a date night ;)
It’s the fresh 9-grain bread that makes this Tuna Melt gourmet. On my latest HERBan Explorer post you’ll learn how to make this simple and inexpensive meal for yourself.
I like making my Tuna Melts open-faced with sliced tomatoes. Plus, the addition of hot sauce kicks up the flavors. You can have fun with your own combination, too! Along with the step-by-step photographed recipe you can read more about my adventure at the Saturday market.
I’ll be the first to admit that Kraft Mac and Cheese rocks, but when you’re feeling more gourmet try this homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe. The creaminess and cheesiness are a perfect duet–not overpowering or too rich. The breadcrumbs and cheese topping add a nice texture and flavor for the finishing touch. Bottom line – homemade Mac and Cheese is good ol’ comfort food.
I’ve done my research and found three flavorful recipes to kick up your holiday meal. If you think your family will miss Grandma’s recipe use half of your cooked potatoes for the traditional recipe and the other half for a soon-to-be favorite!
Three Recipes to Spice Up Classic Mashed Potatoes
Wasabi Mashed Potatoes | These are my new favorite. They pair well with fish and veggies for a lighter holiday meal. Remember, you control the heat!
The absolute key for making silky, smooth mashed potatoes is a little gadget called a potato ricer. It is basically a larger version of a garlic press.
After you’ve cooked your potatoes, just press them through the ricer. They will come out in pasta-like strands and make for a velvety, lump free consistency. Add the other ingredients and prepare for praise from your family and friends!
You can purchase a potato ricer at any cooking goods store, or even on Amazon.com, for about $20. It’s an investment piece that you use for many years. Quick and get yours this week so you can use it for Christmas dinner!