Go for date night at home and cook up a restaurant worthy pasta dish of Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Cream Sauce.
Set the scene: Valentine’s Day
The place: A crowded, noisy restaurant
The people: You and your sweetheart
The feeling: Unromantic
You know it and I know it but why is there a need to go out every year just because the calendar reads February 14th? It’s just like any other day on the calendar but this one involves your favorite restaurant jacking up the prices and lowering expectations.
Don’t fall into the trap! Do me a favor and let’s do date night at home this time around!
So how do you make date night at home a little more special than your regular weeknight dinner?
It’s pretty easy and after 7 years of marriage, I feel like Braden and I are almost pros at this game. For starters, shut off the tv! We are guilty of sitting down at the coffee table and watching tv when we eat dinner. However when it’s date night, we set the table, turn on the record player (remember what that is?!) and enjoy each others company. On really special nights, some candles even get lit. A bottle of wine gets opened up and the mood is set.
Not too difficult at this point. Now on to the food! Keep things easy and this pasta does the trick, it’s comforting and easy to make but has the elevated feeling of something you might order at a restaurant. I went ahead and picked out the wild mushroom pack at my grocery store for a luxurious touch. The best part is that the entire meal is cooked in 30 minutes.
Which basically means, more time to spend with your sweetheart and less in the kitchen. So go forth and cancel those reservations on Sunday and pick up everything you need for this pasta. Don’t forget to pick out a movie to watch afterwards because the next best thing to date night at home is getting to do it all in your pajamas!
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