Saturday night “date night”

I love Saturdays. They are my favorite day of the week. Not only because I don’t have to work, but because it is the one day my husband and I truly have quality time together. We talk, laugh, joke around, shop, cook and eat! It’s the best kind of date night ever. At least for me it is.

I can’t remember if I have wrote about “Saturday Night Date Night” before; I know I have posted it on my Confessions of  Fat Girl Facebook site, which by the way, you can find here.

So, on Saturdays, my husband usually browses the Internet (more often than not, allrecipes.com) in search of a new, fun, interesting recipe. He will also page through the numerous cookbooks we own. He will typically try and pick out a healthier recipe…and if not, he looks at ways he can tweak it to make it healthy. By the way, we are both adventurous when it comes to trying to new foods, which is way cool. This obviously wouldn’t work if we weren’t.

After the recipe is chosen, he will make a grocery list and then we had to the grocery stores. Yes, I said stores. We usually end up going to both of our grocery stores in town – Elden’s Food Fair and Pete’s County Market – and sometimes, we even hit up Walmart (although that doesn’t happen as often). And, if we don’t have the right wine at home, we will make a swing into the liquor store, as well.

We typically try to be home by 6 p.m. because that is when the blues show starts on one of our local radio stations, KXRA 92.3. We love listening to blues music! Once we are home, then the preparing and cooking begins. He usually starts chopping and I usually get the wine ready and if by chance, we are having some type of appetizer, I get that ready. Our appetizers are pretty much the same…kalamata olives (the purple ones) and some type of cheese – fat-free feta, reduced-fat cheddar or regular sharp cheddar, Dubliner or some other fun cheese we decide to try. We don’t eat tons of it, just a couple of pieces to try with whatever wine we happen to pick out, which by the way is 99 percent of the time a red wine.

Sometimes, we eat by 7 p.m. and other times, we don’t end  up eating until 9 p.m. Yes, it takes that long to cook. But it’s so much fun. Both of us in the kitchen, talking, laughing, bonding, having the best time. We both really look forward to Saturday Night Date Night and miss it when we don’t have it.

So, here is a look at what some of our meals have been through just a small sampling of the numerous pictures I have taken over the last year:

Chili cocoa rubbed pork with grilled peppers and onions
Chipotle raspberry mahi-mahi with couscous
Flank steak with avocado salsa
Best ever brisket (a recipe from allrecipes.com)
Mango and lime couscous
Fondue night
Greek pizza
Mojo pork chops with grilled bell peppers
Ocean perch with fruit salsa
Lamb (sorry, I can't remember what the seasonings were..it was two different types)
Ahi tuna with mango, papaya and pomegranate salsa and couscous
Yes, this is what our kitchen looks like on Saturday Night Date Night!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. If there are any recipes you would like, just send me an email at confessionsofaformerfatgirl@gmail.com and I will see if I can find it and email it to you!

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