3-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner-IN: 2 Menus!

1-Hour, 3-Course Gourmet Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!  While I love trying new restaurants and date-nights out with the hubs, I do not love eating out on Valentine’s Day.  I know I’m a crusty-old-married-gal, but I know I’m not alone here.  I hardly know anyone who goes out for Valentine’s honestly, but alas, restaurants are packed so I know young love birds and romantic loyalists are out there.  Maybe I could benefit from fewer romance skeptics and people who reject the notion of greeting card holidays (i.e. 95% of Seattle).  Either way, I’m making a reservation at my own dining room table.  For two, please. The past two…

Middle Eastern Spiced Chicken with Olives, Dates, and Bulgar

This recipe is part of the main course to a 1-Hour Middle Eastern inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!  We have arrived.   The. Main. Course. The dish all other courses are planned around! The thing the whole meal revolves around! The brain child. The idea for this dish swarmed in my head for ages.  After a while, I knew EXACTLY how I wanted to execute the dish.  The ingredients.  The flavors.  The techniques.  The finishings.  Everything.   Because Middle Eastern cuisine is basically my 2nd love language, I knew it simply must be the star of a Valentine’s…

1-Hour Valentines Day 3-Course Middle Eastern Inspired Menu (+ Shopping List!)

2018 Here We Go! Whooohooo!!!! I am super super excited to make this 1-Hour 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu the first official fresh content of 2018!!  This menu is consistent with the direction I want to take Almost Properly: simple, original, gourmet-feeling recipes for hosting and entertaining!  And, I may have agonized over the details and tweaks on this menu to an obsessive point, but I am so so happy with the end results that it makes it 100% worth it! 3-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner in 1-Hour If you reject the idea of crowded restaurants with prix-fixe V-Day menus, we should be friends.  Hi, I’m Maria!   Instead, make your own…

What to make for Memorial Day: Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers

This recipe is part of the Memorial Day edition of the What-to-Make series.   Memorial Day BBQ plans?  If you happen to live somewhere that hasn’t perpetually dumped rain from the sky all spring, I hope you are planning to don your flip flops and pull out the grill! Seattle, please don’t rain on us for that one day.  Pretty please.    I can’t think of a better way to grill up some juicy marinated chicken than on kebab skewers.  First, they are easy to serve!  How many skewers do you want?  Second, the small pieces of meat cook quickly and get a nice grilled/charred exterior without being dry. And finally,…

What to make for Mother’s Day: Mediterranean Feast! – Sauces, Toppings, and Serving!

This post is part of the “What to make for Mother’s Day” series.  This post is part 2 of a 2 part Mediterranean feast tutorial.  You can find part 1: Moroccan Chicken and Roasted Onions here.  Now that we have our Moroccan chicken and roasted onions in the works… we can get on to the fun part!!  Because who doesn’t love a good interactive meal with lots of fixings and sauces to try?!  And, in case it wasn’t clear, I’m banking on no one. So, I strongly suggest making all 3 of the sauces!  The ingredients in each sauce overlap so its not like you need any wonky ingredients for…
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