Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Dinner

I've been dreaming and scheming for over a month for last night's dinner. And it turned out almost as wonderfully as I'd hoped!

Beets! What wonderful little creatures! They make such delightful hearts with so little effort. And their juice perfectly dyes anything else you want to turn red without using Red #40 liquid food coloring. With a little salt, pepper, oil and vinegar, they made a wonderful salad, too.

Homemade beet fettuccine, alfredo sauce, lemon pepper grilled chicken, and my favorite quick and easy  breadsticks (using 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white flour).

I say dinner was almost as good as I'd hoped, because I wanted red pasta. About a half hour before I started making it, using a recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, I thought I'd better check a few more sources online. Sure enough, the unanimous consensus is that to get red pasta you have to use fresh roasted beets and not canned! So all of the lovely pink of the raw pasta dough was cooked away in the water, but it still tasted amazing.

Excellent champagne was provided by my darling. And we were a little too full for dessert, but that's what February 15th is for, right?

What did you do last night?


Tessa said...

Umm... I feel more than a little outshone here :) We had tacos from Baja Fresh, courtesy of a teething toddler who wouldn't let Mommy work.

Maria said...

HAHAHAHAH! Heh, heh, heartbeats!! Boy, that made me laugh out loud. What an ingenious idea. I'm sure there was no shortage of awful puns. Speaking of onions, I had one awhile back that would have made Bears laugh (I think). In a letter to the Squirrel (don't be jealous -- she writes to me, so I write her back; it springs from her good nature, not mine, in other words), I was describing the facade of the courthouse and how there is a great, big ledge where the pidgeons like to skulk. The ground underneath, naturally, is covered with their offal. On your way into the building you can see where they are hanging out and change course to avoid being targeted, but on your way out...(WAIT FOR IT....).....(WAIT FOR IT....)...it's a crapshoot.

Sahm said...

This looks AMAZING! I mean the food and the style of photography, WOW, I mean WOW. Last night, my hubbie made dinner for me, and he's quite an amazing chief. LOVE HIM. What a great night.

Farmer's City Wife said...

It's ridiculously hard at first. I still cheat and use soy sauce sometimes
(because coconut aminos just don't do it for me), but I'm kind of getting used
to it now :). And I do feel a whole lot healthier (I didn't notice that until I
decided "to heck with it" one week and went back to our old way of eating and
felt miserable).

Farmer's City Wife said...

It was just a long skinny little knife :-D. The canned beets were already
circles, so it just took two little cuts to turn them into hearts.

Thank you for your kind comments! :) A retreat center would be awesome.

Farmer's City Wife said...

Why thank you :).
So glad you had a great night with your husband! Isn't it a treat when they
cook? :-D.

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