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Yum-o!

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Still in the process of checking multiple projects off my list, but I took this weekend to relax with Mister and have a fantabulous time. Instead of my own little projects or my own adventures in the kitchen, I’ll be sharing his this time. I’m rather proud of him, if you couldn’t tell.

He’s been wanting to learn to paint for some time now, so instead of giving him any instructions, I handed him a few blank canvases, said “Create”, and set him free. One of our first “dates” was simply driving around on country backroads belting out Beatles songs in the night air. It’s still something we do frequently, since we both love and appreciate all Beatles music. That love extends to the film Across the Universe, so it’s no wonder he picked the strawberry icon from the film for his painting to me. Adorable, isn’t he?

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Monday I had a -very- long day at work, and left Mister at home all day to prep for a dinner that he refused to give me any details about. One thing is for sure, I love surprises…especially where food is concerned. When I came home, a snack was waiting for me before my shower: a basil and bacon cheeseball – Delish!
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Fresh from the shower, I was ready for more yummy eats. The appetizers were awaiting me – banana peppers stuffed with cream cheese and deep fried and a spinach salad with toasted almonds and cranberries. Can you say YUM?
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Finally – the main course! The big surprise came in the form of Mister’s signature country tomatoes (layers of tomato sandwiched with cream cheese with garlic and basil and breaded in panko bread crumbs and fried), bacon wrapped filet mignon, and then two -count ’em- TWO kinds of jumbo shrimp – coconut and panko breaded. The pictures don’t even begin to do the meal justice.
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Quite literally the best meal of my life. I literally went into a food coma immediately following the consumption of all this goodness. I laid in the floor outside the kitchen and snoozed due to a totally stuffed belly. I’d say I’ve found the perfect personal chef, for sure.

Marinate that meat!

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I can’t preach enough to family and friends about the difference a good marinade makes to any meat. Not only does it tenderize, it adds flavor! Marinating can be miraculous, especially the more patient you can be. While a few hours is great, marinating anything overnight makes the difference. That’s what I did with the following meal in which both steak and shrimp sat in different marinades in the fridge overnight.

My steak marinade was a combination of oil, apple juice, garlic, apple cider vinegar, a smidge of brown sugar, and other seasonings. I know what you’re thinking – apple juice? Yes! I typically put any steak in fruit juice to marinate. Most often I use orange juice, but I decided to switch it up this time. You don’t get a lot of the juice flavor, but citrus really helps break down the tougher parts of the meat. Of course with steak, you MUST have potatoes…so I also made garlic cheddar mashed potatoes.

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The real winner though? THE SHRIMP! yum yum yummy! I marinated the shrimp in a bowl containing garlic, minced onion, diced roasted sweet red peppers. I then added some smokey flavors like paprika, cumin, and cayenne. My sweetness came from the liquid used — pineapple juice! After letting them soak up all the flavors overnight, I sauteed the shrimp in my skillet. Last minute, I had a stroke of genius and tossed in some thin spaghetti with the leftover marinade. It made the most delicious sauce… I will definitely be making this again. It even LOOKS pretty. Tastes even better than it looks though 😉

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What’s for dinner?

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While I do plan on updating soon with pictures of last minute Christmas present projects for Mister Fuzzy, I decided tonight would be a good opportunity to share some creativity of the edible variety.

Inspiration struck me earlier this week while watching a cook on television talk about biscuits she serves at her restaurant that contain spinach and brie cheese. Brie isn’t commonly found at the grocery stores in this area, so although I thought the idea was nifty, I didn’t anticipate recreating it. That is, until our office Christmas party took place at none other than Red Lobster – home of those delicious cheddar biscuits that I often smuggle out in my purse just so I can ask for more and take them home. It hit me then! Why not do cheddar and spinach? It sounded like such a delightful combination.

I decided to experiment with it. Unfortunately for you, I never do exact measurements when I cook, but I must have used something like this:
4 c. bisquick
1 c. milk
1/2 c. melted butter
a couple heaping handfuls of sharp cheddar
1/3 package of frozen spinach (I believe it was Green Giant)

When I put the dough onto the baking sheet, I topped the balls with a sprinkle of garlic salt.

The result was miraculous (and tasty!)!  Scrumptious biscuits! I will definitely be experimenting with these again.

I then went on to make a hodgepodge of foods from various ethnic backgrounds, but they tasted so wonderful together. Mister Fuzzy and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was adorable getting him to help me in the kitchen.

Other than the delicious biscuits, we made a spring greens salad with feta, sliced tomatoes, and we ended up topping it with a ginger dressing (not pictured).

I am rather fond of flat iron steak and its versatility in dishes. I wish I’d been able to give it longer to marinate, but our tummies were rumbling and we just couldn’t wait any longer. It still came out nice and tender, and I could have eaten it whole like this…

…but instead, I made white rice and then stir fried some veggies (including those leftover from a few festive holiday veggie trays) to serve as a bed for thinly sliced strips of the steak.

It was an absolutely lovely dinner with such a wide variety of flavors. I could definitely go for seconds right now! Share a dinner like this with someone you love tonight!