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Marry a man who can cook

Saturday was our 9 year legal wedding anniversary, but as we had friends coming to town for the weekend we "celebrated" on Friday night.

When I got home he had the table set with candles and my favorite dishes along with leftover sparkling cider from New Years (*grin*) in wine glasses.

Monkeys faked two of our favorite entrees (Seafood Natua and Chicken & Banana salad) from a local restaurant called French Quarter Grill. They make an amazing crawfish bisque which they use as a part of another dish called Seafood Natua, they pour the bisque on a bed of rice with seafood/fish. It's decadent and amazing. The salad is a bed of spinach with mandarin oranges, grilled chicken, toasted pecans (??), and grilled bananas, with a fabulous citrus sesame salad dressing. Weeks ago Monkeys figured out how to make the salad dressing and has been refining it.

We are not allowed decadent. We are on diets. He made a super yummy corn bisque (modifying their crawfish bisque to make it a bit more WW friendly and vegetarian). For a Christmas stocking stuffer I had given him some odd rice from Fresh Market - some "forbidden black Chinese rice" and a crazy blend of wild rices. He used that instead of white rice to up the healthy factor. He also made a bunch of broccoli using a similar method as we use for the cumin/chili powder green beans. We did the salad without grilled chicken and nuts, but otherwise he nailed it. Woot.

That was our fancy dinner. After that we had to work on cleaning the house for company the next day. :)

Oh - and he gave me the Riddick trilogy and I gave him some stuffed valentine robots because technically the Doctor Who pinball machine was our anniversary gift, so we weren't allowed to buy anything for real.

(LOL - okay technically Sylar is a serial killer. Should I be afraid that he and I were momentarily in sync...)

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sarahtoalaska
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
I agree... marring a man who can cook is wonderful! I bough Kenton bathroomy things. One of those book rests for the tube and stuff like that. Kenton bought be a chocolate box. I don't just mean a box of chocolates... although it was filled with chocolates... but the box was actually made OF chocolate. They make them at a local chocolate place. It's a cool place because they often use local berries and stuff. I got one raspberry jam filled chocolate that was WONDERFUL.
madladyred
Feb. 19th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh - that sounds so yummy. What a brilliant thing to design. I have just recently learned to like raspberries, too, so that's perfect. :)
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 19th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
I like blackberries more than raspberries. However I LOVE them when they are fresh or local. That is one thing I do really love about Alaska... all kinds of berries grow here. If Kenton and I do buy a house I wanna plant raspberries. They grow like crazy here.
madladyred
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
I love blackberries, too. In fact, I have some in the frig right now... hmmmmmmmmmm.
I think maybe they need to be relocated.

We used to have tons of blackberries growing wild by hour house in Tallahassee when I was growing up, but back then I didn't eat blackberries. What an idiot I was as a child. We've talked about planting strawberries and black berries around here. We actually do have a few small blackberries that grow out behind our fence in that backyard, but they are very tiny and hard to get to. The ones I remember picking in Tallahassee (I used to pick them for my mom to cook with, I just didn't eat them) were huge and lovely looking. I want to grow those.

I need a yummy food icon. I think the only food icon I have is sushi.
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Silly girl... I've eaten almost any berry I could find for as long as I can remember. Blackberries will grow well at your place. Strawberries will grow too. However you have to grow a LOT of them as only a few come ripe at a time. Plus they need a lot of watering. The Blackberries will go crazy on their own. Weirdly sometimes the smaller berries have more flavor.
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 19th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
When you guys make it here we are gonna take you to wildberry.... so, it will not be a trip to watch your weight on. They have a Chocolate waterfall!
madladyred
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
YES YES YES Please!

OMG chocolate waterfall sounds wonderful.

Do you pick berries there, too? I've always wanted to do berry picking. I know they have it around here someplace, but I never seem to get around to it. I think on a "vacation" I would. Makes no sense, really. I need to do it around here some time, too, darn it!
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
There is a Strawberry farm and a Blueberry farm not far from where you live.

You can't pick berries at Wild Berry (funny huh?) but we know tons of good places for picking. Sadly picking time is shortly before Dcon. So I doubt anyone will be making it up here for picking. :( It's lots of fun however. We know where to find Salmon Berries, Blue berries (high and low bush), Service berries, and now Raspberries. Plus a few oddball things we can find, but never enough to do more than taste.
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh, and don't worry.... we will totally take you to Wild Berries. How could we not?
magnet5
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize. Congratulations.
madladyred
Feb. 19th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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