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Dreamy Outdoor Summer Dining
July 9, 2010 at 10:08 am 0

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One of the best thing about summer evenings is the warm air, sweet smells, and relaxed ambience that lets everyone sit back, enjoy a meal together, and linger for just a bit longer. So figure out when your next free evening is, call your closest friends, and have them over for a lovely dinner party. It's just so much more intimate than going out for dinner...and since we're all working our buns off so we can live a great life, let's make sure we are actually living a great life! We found this great recipee in Country Living and just couldn't resist sharing it with you.

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Warm Garlic String Bean Salad For Warm Garlic String Bean Salad, blanch a 1-pound mix of yellow and green string beans for 2 minutes. Rinse to cool. Return to a saucepan with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoons minced garlic, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 4 minutes (medium-high heat). Toss in 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley and 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest. Serve warm. Pasta with Garden Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella Pasta with Garden Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella is redolent with gently sautéed onion and garlic, which beautifully offset perky chopped tomatoes, basil, and cubed mozzarella. Sliced Grilled Rib-Eye Steak Marinade takes just minutes to prepare but adds a lot of flavor. Whisk 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and 6 tablespoons olive oil together in a large nonreactive baking dish. Add 1/3 cup chopped Vidalia onion, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Rib-eye steaks' primary attribute is their juicy flavor, making them great for grilling. Place four 12-ounce, 1-inch-thick boneless rib-eye steaks in the marinade and refrigerate for 1 hour; turn occasionally. The grill should be heated to medium-high. Shake onion bits from the steaks and grill until medium-rare — about 5 minutes — or longer if desired. Serve the steaks, thinly sliced, after resting them (tented with aluminum foil on a cutting board) 10 minutes. Leftovers make great lunchtime sandwiches the next day. Photo Credits: Country Living
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Travel
Argentinean BBQ: A Buenos Aires Dining Delight
April 26, 2010 at 11:33 am 0


BBQ is a must do in Argentina!

BBQ is a must do in Argentina!

The lovely ladies over at Hip and Urban Girl asked me to do a restaurant review recently…and when in Argentina the opportunity to review a traditional barbecue restaurant was one we couldn’t pass up. Find out here what happens at an Argentinean barbecue restaurant…including an interesting experience involving stuffed cows and “interesting” menu items...

where's the beef?
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Scrumptious Baked Chicken With Mustard and Lime Sauce
February 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm 0
Last night I tested out this Paula Deen recipe for backed chicken with a wonderful and tangy sauce. I had the ingredients on hand and just googled chicken, lime and mustard and this nifty little recipe came up on the search results. It was so easy to make and tasted restaurant delicious, and best of all it was ready in about 20 minutes! This is a great family meal, or could also make a wonderful at home date meal.

Wonderful baked chicken with lime and dijon sauce

Wonderful baked chicken with lime and dijon sauce

Here's how you do it. Ingredients: 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts 3 Tbs Dijon Mustard 1 Tbs Mayo 1 Garlic Clove, minced Finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 Lime 3/4 Tsp pepper Salt to taste Chopped parsley to garnish Directions Preheat the oven to 400. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. In a bowl, whisk together the mustard, mayo, garlic, lime zest and juice and pepper. Season the chicken generously with salt. Place the chicken in the baking dish and pour the mustard-mayo mixture over the chicken, covering it evenly. Bake until it is cooked through (approx 15 minutes) and then serve with steamed asparagus and mini roasted potatoes. You can also finish the chicken off with parsely if you'd like.
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Divine Baked Tilapia with Garlic and Parsley
February 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm 0


A light, healthy, and delicious tilapia dinner

A light, healthy, and delicious tilapia dinner

Here's an amazing fish recipe that we recently tested out. It's light, healthy and delicious! And since we are getting married in less than one month we're looking for all the healthy, light meals possible. Ingredients 1 tilapia fillets 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp anchovy paste 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon 1 cup parsely 3 cloves garlic Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°. Place the fish in a baking dish. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, anchovy paste and parsley, and pour over the fish to coat it. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. In the last three minutes of cooking feel free to add some spinach or asparagus to your baking dish for your vegetables. Now, sit down and enjoy! I really, really, really wanted a glass of wine with this but since I was going to work out later in the evening I couldn't. But...if you have a free evening to relax this would be even more divine with a glass of Pinot Grigio. Ah bliss!
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Life
Date Night Rituals
September 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm 0

When I have a special date I have this ritual that I love to follow. I draw a bath, sip some wine, put on some good music, and really take my time getting ready. I pick my clothes, change a few times, and then maybe change a few times more. A few hours later when my boyfriend picks me up I feel totally refreshed and like I just spent some quality time doing silly, girly stuff. When I talk to my girlfriends it seems like everyone has funny rituals they follow to get ready. What's yours?
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Travel
Weekend Warrior: The Perfect Romantic Getaway
September 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm 1
A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I took a last minute weekend getaway to Langdon Hall, a country house outside of Toronto. I wasn’t sure what to expect…it was a pretty pricey place and I was worried that it would be a bit stuffy. But when we pulled up to this country house, which really is a country mansion, I realized I was dead wrong. Instead, Langdon Hall is a beautifully manicured property with lovely gardens and an outstanding restaurant. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and were upgraded to a split level suite – quite nice indeed! After settling in we had a relaxing glass of wine in our room, got ready, and then we went for dinner at the restaurant. It was lovely. I had truffle and asaparagus salad and a wonderful steak, and of course, a few glasses of wine that the in house sommelier picked out for me. It was so nice to get to dress up for dinner and go to the formal dining room. And best of all, the crowd in the restaurant was mixed – some young families, couples celebrating their anniversaries, a few older ladies who lunch types. The next day we completely missed breakfast, but instead went down for an early lunch. And since we were at a fancy country house, why not start the day with champagne! After having a lovely lunch on the outside patio we just lounged around, took little walks, read outside in the garden, watched the fish in the pond, and relaxed. It was wonderful. It turns out my worries that it was going to be a stuffy place were totally unfounded. Everyone was lovely, the service was great, the restaurant was outstanding and the country mansion was beautiful. My only caution - my boyfriends dinner, a kobe beef steak, was very pricey at $60, and not amazing. We didn't want to be restaurant complainers, so we didn't say anything, but it was nothing short of highway robbery for a mediocre main.
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