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Valentines Dinner Ideas featuring the Husband’s Favorites

On Tuesday, I talked about how much I love the idea of Valentines day dinner out… not and posed a suggestion for a romantic meal in.  But, on the off chance that your sweetheart’s idea of an awesome dinner doesn’t involve a fancy-pants seared scallops, then we have that in common.  The Husband’s idea of a good meal definitely involves the word “meat” and is probably reminiscent of something the vikings ate, or at least would have eaten if they weren’t so busy pillaging and whatever else it was that vikings did. So here they are: My husband’s 5 favorite savory and sweet  dishes from AlmostProperly… Savory Ultimate Herb Crusted…

Seared Sea Scallops and Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Valentines day is right around the corner.  Raise your hand if you love going out a crowded restaurant, slow service, and a limited prix fixe menu?  That’s assuming you can find a parking spot or hail an Uber to even get there.  If you are like me – rather, if your significant other is anything like mine, – the above scenario is not a recipe for a romantic evening out.  I have no desire to be an innocent bystander during my husband’s soliloquy on “why downtown traffic/parking sucks” or “why isn’t the rib-eye on this menu?”  Nope, in all honesty, I would rather skip the whole ordeal.  Why not make…

How to: Decadent Valentine’s Day Chocolates

Chocolate making is one of those elusive and complicated processes that seems to require both equipment and skills that I do not possess.  I always love the idea of making and gifting homemade chocolates.  I never really considered myself (or my skill set) up to the challenge.  But, today, we are debunking this myth and taking on chocolate making like the capable adults that we are. First of all, what kind of chocolates are we making?  Well, internet friends, what is the most classic and popular flavor combination?  Chocolate and peanut butter.  Duh…😉  No, we aren’t making knock-off Reese’s.  We are making a dark chocolate peanut butter truffle that is, dare…

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie Hearts

You guys, how cute are these little Valentine’s?  I wouldn’t complain one little bit if someone gave these little cuties to me.  Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread dipped in chocolate.  Yes. Please. I wanted to make sure I was bringing ya’ll the best shortbread and making the tastiest chocolate dipped combo so I tested all variations of brown sugar vs. white sugar brown butter vs. regular butter, and everything in between!  (We even tested two different baking temperatures: 300 and 350.)  And, you guys, guess what.  When dipped in super delish Belgian dark chocolate the winner hands-down was good old fashioned white sugar and regular butter creamed together all…

January’s Entertaining Tips: Raw Oyster Tasting

Ok, have we all been to wine tasting parties?  Or what about the wine and cheese pairing parties?  Here in Seattle, beer and/or hard cider tastings are having a moment in the sun. And I’m willing to bet most of us have been to at least some iteration of one of the above. Here is the thing, I love the idea of a party surrounding the exploration and sampling of something new!!  Who doesn’t love trying yummy new things??  Plus, I love interactive parties that encourage people to chat it up about food/flavors etc.  Its great especially when not all of the guests know each other.  Commonality (or friendly disagreement)…
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