October 8, 2010
A Romantic Evening
It has been an exhausting and kind of a momentous week. Changes are in the works, and we are waiting on information and news about things I won't discuss right now.
Yesterday afternoon Adam called from work and said 'lets shut out everyone for awhile and have a romantic evening---just the two of us'. I was all for that! With all that is going on right now, I wanted to give him a treat and make some of his favorites for dinner---for dessert, my chocolate cream pie. This is NOT made with some jello pudding mix, but with an incomparable all-from-scratch pudding. I use Giardelli dark chocolate chips in my filling, and make a flaky crust, and then top the whole thing with real whipped cream sweetened with wildflower honey and some vanilla.
For dinner I made a quick and easy favorite of his, BASQUE COUNTRY-STYLE SPAGHETTI. This is a delectable concoction of pasta, a bit of butter, garlic-infused olive oil, shrimp, parmesan, and fresh parsley. Along with a simple salad with Maine blueberry dressing, it was perfect. The recipe is written below.
When he got home, we bundled our little yorkie girls into their pouches and held hands and went for our customary 2 mile walk around our little hamlet. After the yummy dinner and a warm shower, we snuggled on the bed with the dogs, all in our 'pig pile', had hot tea and the pie and watched a movie, leaving the day behind. All was right with the world...
BASQUE COUNTRY-STYLE SPAGHETTI
Cook Bella Terra whole wheat cappellini pasta. In a skillet, melt 4 T. of Smart Balance 50/50 butter and about 4 T. olive oil. Add 3 cloves of fresh chopped garlic and cook until just golden. Strain, and throw out the garlic. Return the butter/oil to the pan. Toss in 1 pound package of large cooked shrimp and heat until warmed through. Add salt and freshly ground pepper. Add this mixture to the drained pasta and toss. Put on plates, and top with finely grated FRESH parmesan cheese and fresh parsley~