Anniversary Dinner @Home

Just Married 3/7/70

Just Married 3/7/70

We had plans to dine at a Wine Bar in the West Village for our 43rd Anniversary Thursday, but while we were out running errands on Wednesday the weather reports became increasingly more severe.  The predictions were for a few inches of snow to fall on Wednesday overnight and then a quick warm up, with more to arrive Thursday afternoon as temps were to drop again.  The thought of schlepping through a few inches of slush after dinner seemed a bit daunting, especially after Nana would have worked all day beforehand.

At Fairway, grabbing some groceries for the weekend, we made the decision to plan to eat at home for our celebration and postpone our reservation to another time.  Picked up a few extra ingredients with no specific menu or recipes in mind and figured it would come together with more concentrated thoughts at home.  (Meanwhile, Wednesday night’s predicted snowfall was a no-show!)

The Tablescape

The Tablescape

On Thursday after Nana went to work I set about creating a tablescape.  First thought was since it was still wintry weather-wise not to go with Spring Colors just yet.  So I pulled out a bright red print tablecloth with grape leaves and grape clusters, matching napkins and green napkins that compliment the leaves.  Grape colored chargers, white china, our Coronation silverplate flatware and Italian green glass stemware made the table complete.

 

 

And this lovely gift from DD was perfect addition to the room!

Beautiful Bouquet!

Beautiful Bouquet!

The Wine Service

The Wine Service

The Menu:

First Course: Seared Scallops with Asparagus Relish (an Emeril recipe I’ve had on the try list forever)

Wine: La Loge aux Moines 2010 Pouilly Fume

Salad: Baby Arugula Blend with Roasted Pears, Toasted Hazelnuts and shaved Pecorino (the pears were soaked with Fig Vincotto Vinegar after roasting, then salad was drizzled with Lemon Olive Oil)

Entree:  Pan Roasted Loin Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri

Sides:  Brown Rice Pilaf and Roasted multicolored Baby Carrots

Wine: Coppola Diamond Collection 2010 Claret (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Dessert: Flour-less Chocolate Cake w/Berries & Vanilla Ice Cream

Playlist: Lou Rawls, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Wayne Gratz, Celine, Diana Ross, Isaac Hayes, Johnny Mathis, Enrique Iglesias, Lady Antebellum and music from Romeo & Juliet soundtrack.

Seared Scallops, Asparagus Relish, Asparagus Cream

Seared Scallops, Asparagus Relish, Asparagus Cream

Roasted Pear over Arugula, Shaved Pecorino

Roasted Pear over Arugula, Shaved Pecorino

Lamb Chops, Mint Chimichurri, Brown Rice Pilaf, Roasted Carrots

Lamb Chops, Mint Chimichurri, Brown Rice Pilaf, Roasted Carrots

Flour-less Chocolate Cake with Berries

Flour-less Chocolate Cake with Berries

Sliced Cake w/Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramel Drizzle

Sliced Cake w/Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramel Drizzle

Another great dinner @Home!

Another great dinner @Home!

 

 

 

 

 

Nana arrived home @6:15 to lots of candlelight, romantic tunes and her favorite chef in the kitchen. We worked together to finish each course and enjoyed a leisurely pace for our repast.  Outside the light rain event lasted well into the wee hours but upon rising this morning we were greeted with whiteness all around!

The Scallops were fantastic, the recipe has moved to the Tried and True folder and is on the “soon to be repeated” list!  Amazing as a first course!  The salad rocked the Fig Vincotto Vinegar is outstanding! Earthbound Farms Baby Arugula Blend was nice change from all Arugula, just enough texture to make it interesting and not like all the other Spring Mixes that are so common now.  Mint Chimichurri was perfect for the simple Lamb Chops and the colorfulness of the Roasted Multicolored Baby Carrots made the plate zing.  Enjoyed the Chocolate Cake, berries and Haagen Dazs Vanilla with Caramel drizzle with the last of the Coppola Claret!  Awesome finish to a great meal.

Here we are @30 years in when we renewed our vows:

30 years later!

30 years later!

Many have asked us how we’ve managed 43 years together, we’ve answered in many ways over the years, but I recently had this revelation:  One needs to be aware of one’s own deficiencies, thus being prepared to be accountable when they are pointed out!  It’s much easier to see deficiencies in others while ignoring our own.  And honestly, even @43 years it’s always a work in progress, taking for granted is never a good option!

And my final thought:  It does get better with age, time passed together, great memories and  loving family and friends.

Eat Well…Be Well!

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2 Responses to Anniversary Dinner @Home

  1. sallybr says:

    This post brought tears to my eyes, you know I get emotional very easily.. 🙂
    anyway, beautiful celebration, we are following on your footsteps, 13 years and loving every single day of it.

    Happy Anniversary!

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  2. Happy 43rd Anniversary!!!! See how things turn out for the best? What could of compared to the menu courses you both prepared together…..& to stay dry and warm to boot….Congrats on all your beautiful years together with another grandchild on the way !!!! (boy or girl??) hmmmm if ok to ask? Guys when I get married, to the man I have not met yet, heeee haaaa you both are hired to Cook!!!!! (he’s around the corner though…..) Our hats tilt to you both! Carry on many more years!!! To more cooking adventures together!!!
    Chef Piper

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