Bon Appétit

I get so tickled when people say things to me like “your husband must eat GOOD at home!” or “I bet you have the best dinners at your house!” I think people assume that since I’m a caterer, I must whip up all these lavish meals for dinner every night.

The truth of the matter is that I’m usually so busy cooking for other people, that I rarely get the chance to cook for fun. It’s kinda like how the shoe maker’s kids never have shoes, I guess. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I can’t whip up lavish meals at home, I just don’t get the opportunity to do so often.

In an effort to stop eating out so much, my husband and I made a commitment to start trying to cook more at home. I couldn’t commit whole hog unless we did something to make it more fun, so we came up with this idea to have monthly date nights where we would pick a country and plan a menu based on that region’s cuisine. We call them our “Cultural Date Nights.”

I look forward to them each month, but our most recent was my favorite so far! We decided to reminisce about our trips to France and prepared a few French inspired dishes.

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Amazingly yummy fruit and cheese that we snacked on while we cooked.

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Garlic and Herb Crusted Lamb with a Balsamic Red Wine Reduction and Sautéed Vegetables

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Hubby took over the crepe making and made up his own dessert with Nutella, Whipped Cream and Strawberry Syrup.

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Since I don’t love crepes, I just couldn’t miss an opportunity to make my favorite White Chocolate Creme Brûlées.

With my sweet hubby by my side in our kitchen at home, we whipped up a French meal that was almost as good as some we’ve had in Paris…almost. 😉 But we’ve decided that good meals or bad, we don’t care as long as we’re spending time together. We’re just having fun making memories together and memories with food are always my favorite.

Messy hair, post workout clothes, and creme brûlée, oh my! 😉

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