Good morning :)
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Hope you all had a wonderful night last night! I know Nate and I had a lot of fun cooking together and snuggling on the couch to celebrate our 3 year anniversary!
We got home last night after an hour of driving in the snow! It was so thick we could hardly see 2 cars ahead of us! I'm hoping the mountains are getting dumped on as much as we are, that'll make some GREAT skiing on Saturday!
We started with a glass each of this wine:
I'm not a huge wine fan, and from what I've tasted thus far, I'm not a big WHITE wine fan, but this was pretty good! It tasted like pineapple, and we wanted to try more of this winery's options ever since Nate got a bottle from a great guy he does business with :)
First we did the sugared pecans so there would be time for them to harden while we cooked the rest of the food:
I did about 1/3 cup of mixed white + brown sugar, 1 tsp of water, and 1 cup of shelled pecans (courtesy of my mom and dad!). I just stirred frequently until the sugar was dissolved and you could faintly smell the pecans. I poured them onto a piece of foil sprayed with non-stick spray to cool.
Next we made bruschetta! We toasted some bread in the oven while Nate chopped 1 HUGE hothouse tomato, minced 4 small cloves of garlic, and mixed it with 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp dried basil (because guess who forgot the fresh stuff at the store...oops), and 1 Tbsp of parmesan cheese. I had a pretty plate with the bread all fanned out and nice, but we dug in and didn't remember to take a picture til it was too late!
While we ate the bruschetta, we made roasted asparagus by cutting off the tough ends, drizzling with 1 Tbsp olive oil, sprinkled with salt + pepper, and roasting them at 400 for 20 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time. We finished them with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of roasted garlic that we bought in Lubbock!
AND NOW>>> the STEAK
Drizzled 4 thin steaks with 1 tsp olive oil, salt + pepper, and seared them for 2 minutes on each side. When the asparagus was done, I turned up the broiler and broiled them for about 2 minutes with some super creamy gorgonzola cheese:
To achieve this (my mouth is watering just looking at this!):
A photo op of the asparagus:
Mine and Nate's plates...yes, we had white wine with steak. Rules are really just guidelines, eh?
And THEN I remembered! the pecans! go on the steak! It was a great texture and flavor combo with all of the salty meat and cheese and the sweet pecans...mmmmmmm :) I'm a happy girl!
Guess what? I totally forgot to announce this yesterday, but it was Bunker's birthday too! He turned 3 (born on our wedding day...how could he be anyone else's sweet puppy?) We forgot a toy for him, so we fed him the fat we cut off of our steaks:
I think he was probably pretty stoked about it, don't you?
Dessert was some store-bougth (from Whole Foods) canoli with pistachios:
We settled in to watch Law & Order: SVU (one of our FAVORITE shows), and ended up just snuggling and falling asleep. Very fun and very relaxing, AND we'll still be able to celebrate this weekend skiing!
Breakfast = pumpkin yogurt with pecans and honey-toasted oats:
And a mug of my fave Blueberry Green tea:
So, after we had that amazing meal, we were so stoked to have leftovers for lunch today! Except.....I forgot that I left them all in a bag on the counter while we walked out the door. DOH! (hence the title of this post). At least we were able to enjoy it last night :)
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