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Dinner for 2

July 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Tonight I’m busting out multiple pans to cook dinner for my friend Steve.

No, it’s not a date, I’ve just been hankering (which is souther speak for craving) to get back in the kitchen. Obviously this is a baby step as the pasta is pre-made, but I plan on whipping it up into something delicious!

And you know me, the table is always set with napkins, stemware, and flowers. The arrangement only has a few flowers peeking out of a bunch of basil. It smells divine!!

Uncorking the vino and tying on my apron. Let the mess begin!


The weather keeps getting worse in Houston. Even though Alex touched down south of the border 2 days ago, we’re still getting heavy rain.

But today, I have a sign of summer inside my little abode.

Steve brought me beautiful peonies to say thank you for dinner. I know fresh flowers seem trite, but they always make me smile.

I have tons of fresh sage left over.  What should I make with it?


Dinner: Dueling Pasta Edition

Dinner was delicious if I do say so myself.  I couldn’t decided which pasta sounded more appealing – butternut squash with ricotta or smoked Gouda and roasted pear sacchettes – so I bought and prepared both.

As for sauces, I went super light, but flavorful.

The butternut squash is glazed with brown butter and sage, a classic combo.  For the sacchettes I got creative and sauteed pear slices, spinach, and raisins to pair with the savory, smokey Gouda.  In our opinion, that was the overall winner.

I threw together an arugula salad with a little olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, and fresh parmesan. Super simple, but pretty powerful.

Overall, I was pleased.  And the leftovers make a perfect lunch!



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