The view from our balcony at the Ocean Club, Paradise Island, on our honeymoon four years ago.
When an occasion is truly special, it calls for a special dinner. But that doesn’t have to mean going out to a restaurant! In fact, there are some times – like Valentine’s Day, for instance – when I would much prefer to light some candles, sip some wine and make a wonderful dinner with my favorite sous chef, rather than go out, fight traffic, deal with parking and spend way too much money for a buttery, fattening dinner. I don’t consider cooking to be a chore even on weeknights, but I find it even more fun to make something special with the hubs and then enjoy it together, quietly, at home. Next time you have an occasion to celebrate – a birthday, anniversary, or whatnot – try making a special meal at home rather than going out. Here’s a menu for just such a night…
Herbed Cannellini Bean Crostini
Wine Pairing: A special occasion calls for a special bottle. The hubs surprised me by picking up a bottle of Chardonnay from Cakebread Cellars, one of my all-time favorite wineries! Tasting notes on the wine are coming soon, so stay tuned!
Side note… I can’t believe it’s been four years since I married my best friend. It seems like just yesterday that Father Joe was climbing into our limo and interrupting our just-married kiss. I have had more fun, laughed harder and loved more than I could have ever imagined possible – and I have a good imagination. Happy Anniversary, honey!