Dining in, dining out

I had a lovely Valentine’s Day yesterday. My husband was wonderfully generous this year – flowers, a card, and a previously held trip during which I went crazy in a JCrew and Banana Republic to update my wardrobe. He’s a good one, my husband. I had the best laid plans to go out and get him a card over lunch yesterday, but work took over my life, and I was in meetings until literally five minutes before our dinner reservations. I felt like a complete ass – but my husband was actually more than okay with not getting a Valentine’s gift, as he tries to dissuade me every year, without fail, from getting him birthday and Christmas presents. A good gift giver, but not a receiver. I still felt bad.

We did have a good couple days of food, though. Monday night we had stuffed peppers – so easy and simple!

– 1 lb ground turkey burger
– 2 green peppers (remember to go organic!)
– 2 cups cooked rice
– 1 jar of tomato sauce (I use Bove’s – no preservatives)
– Spices to taste – I use basil, oregano, garlic powder and pepper
– Parmesan cheese, to top

Pre-heat oven to 375. Cook up your turkey until it’s no longer pink. Cook your rice in whatever method you like. When both are done, mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Hollow out the peppers by cutting the tops off and removing the seeds. Scoop as much of the filling as will fill the pepper. Put the peppers in a glass baking dish (lightly oiled), and bake for 20-25 minutes. When they’re done, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

We also made these zucchini cakes – I found the recipe via Pinterest. They were great!

The recipe calls for Panko breadcrumbs, so I used gluten-free Italian style “bread”crumbs instead. If you’re going to go that route, you need 2 eggs and maybe even a little bit of water to hold the batter together – the gluten-free stuff is just dryer. They still came out amazing – light and tasty.

Last night, the husband and I hit up Mint Bistro in Manchester, NH for dinner. And holy wow, YUM.

First off, the dinner started with an Asian Pear Martini, made with, my favorite, Three Olives Vanilla Vodka..

Heavenly. And dangerous. It really was like drinking a sweet pear. They had other great cocktails on the menu, too, but I went for the not-falling-down-drunk effect for this Valentine’s Day. I mean, I didn’t get him a card, so the least I could do was not be sloppy, am I right?

We had tapas, including the BEST scallops – the sauce was incredible! – and these hazelnut goat cheese fritters on a bed of spinach and cranberries.

My husband liked them, but I found the combo of hazelnut and goat cheese dried my mouth out. It was weird. We then went onto have a ton of sushi, and I have to say, thank GOD I finally found a reputable, delicious sushi place in NH because damn, I was getting depressed. I’ve had some fantastic sushi in both Philly and San Francisco, and the New England area was letting me down big time.

Tonight’s adventure will be homemade, gluten-free mac and cheese, to be made after I get home from the chiropractor…my back has finally stopped hurting and I just pray that it won’t start up again after this adjustment. Oh please. Please please please.

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