A Dinner Date

Saturday morning Tony and I were thrilled to see the sun.  After a pretty lazy morning we decided to head out to lunch and to do a bit of grocery shopping.

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We went to a place called The Assembly.  Back in the day, this was one of the only restaurants/bar in the area, and Tony spent quite a bit of time there in the 80’s.  They are known for their burgers.  They grill them right behind the bar.

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What did I order?  A turkey Rueben.  WTF?!  I took one look at Tony’s Parmesan burger and quickly realized my error.  It was as if I’d ordered lasagna in an Irish pub.

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He graciously gave me the perfect bite, and as soon as I swallowed I said “punch me in the face the next time I try to order anything but a burger from this place!”

After lunch we shopped a bit and then I told Tony that there was a new barber shop that I noticed that opened up by our house.  We ended up stopping by on our way home, and as luck would have it, he was next up.   He did a great job, and it was only $15 bucks!  I like how this picture turned out – I am in focus in the mirror and Nick is in focus in the mirror and everything else is blurry.

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I am loving my new lens, but still need to figure out how to use it.  I liked how these two pictures came out.

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I am a horrible work friend.  I could have lunch with them every single day for years but if I leave the company or they leave?  I rarely talk to them again.  It’s like I just shut that chapter in my life and move on.

I had a boss that was a ton of fun that I am friends with on Facebook.  When I first started working for her, she wasn’t married and didn’t have any kids.  Tony and I went to their wedding about 5 years ago, and now they have two kids.  And they moved last year and live only about 10 minutes away.

I kept joking with her on Facebook that whenever she wanted me to come over and make deep dish pizza in her kitchen, I’d be ready!  Last week she said “How about Saturday?”  Done!

I ended up making both pizza dough’s at home – one thin crust for the kids (well, the baby doesn’t eat pizza yet!) and my deep dish pizza.   And then brought everything with me to assemble once I got there.

Big G rolled out her dough and put the toppings on by herself (with a little help from me).  I am pissed because I had a small apron I was going to bring and leave with her.

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I did one sausage deep dish and one sausage and pepperoni deep dish.  The key to this pizza is to not forget to put the olive oil in the bottom of the pan, it makes the crust.

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Baby G wasn’t sure what to make of Tony!

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We also brought a red velvet cake for dessert.  When we were at the store they asked us if we wanted anything written on the cake, and we asked if they could write swear words, but they said no.  Tony came up with this:

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Thanks A & C for a great night!

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And they had a dog that reminded me of Ed – his name was Abe and he liked to put his head on my lap.

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Sunday morning was another lazy one – we slept in until 10:30!  Love.  For lunch I made us hot dogs.  Not just any hot dogs, but Nathan’s hot dogs – we think the best hot dog and worth the $$ – a package of 4 is $5.49!

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I may or may not like a lot of mustard on my dog!  It was nice enough that Tony and I could sit outside before I started dinner.  It could have been a tad warmer, but it worked. 

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I made a little cheese and crostini plate.  I enjoyed a glass of red.  Tony has switched to “summer beer” – Bud Light Lime.

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Tony also enjoyed a cigar.

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Once the sun went down, it was really cold so I got to work on dinner.  I decided to make scallops over vegetable risotto.  Tony gave this dinner two thumbs up! 

Seared Scallops Over Creamy Risotto for Two

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of Aborrio rice
  • 2.5 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked edamame
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 6 large scallops

In a stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add rice and toast for 1-2 minutes.  Add in diced carrots, and start adding 1/2 cup of stock at a time, and stir.  I am not a constant stirrer when it comes to making risotto.  I’ll leave it alone for a few minutes at a time, then add some more broth. 

With the last 1/2 cup of broth, I add the edamame, salt, pepper.  Once the last of the broth has been absorbed, I add the Parmesan cheese and stir. 

For the scallops, I just followed Robin Sue’s method of making scallops.  I think I could have had my heat up a little more, but they were still delicious.  The secret is not to move them once you put them in the hot oil so they get a nice sear.  4 minutes on one side, just a minute on the flip.  (If you do Paleo – Robin Sue has a lot of great ideas!)  I ended up using this seasoning for the scallops that I found at The Fresh Market:

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Just yum.  This one is a definite keeper and the perfect dish to a great weekend.  How was your weekend?

Alright, off to get my shit together.  Make it a great day!

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33 thoughts on “A Dinner Date

  1. I love the almonds in bag shot – you are going to have some awesome pictures with that new lens!

    Always nice to get some good dog lovin’ – heck, I’d have a field day between the baby and the dog, lol!

    I’ve never had a Nathan’s hot dog…tempted to try one, but I have to ask – could you even taste yours under all that mustard? 😉

  2. Oh you had me at seared scallops!! Yum, sounds awesome.
    Tony looks like a mafia member. I’m scared. Those photos are classic. GREAT shots!!

    And, I’ve definitely gone to a restaurant and ordered something that i’ve regreted, MANY MANY times. I think a turkey reuben sounds wonderful,but….up again a burger in a place KNOWN for their burgers, I can see why you wished you could have taken your order back!

  3. Thanks for the love! Your scallops look perfect and over risotto- extra yummy! I miss those deep dish pizzas, I have got to try my hand at making one someday. Love the cigar shots! He looks the a Boss! Have a great Monday Biz!!

  4. Haha bite me – that’s pretty hilarious!! My weekend was good – it was my baby cousin’s junior prom! Where is the time going?!

  5. Another bulleted comment from me:
    ~ I hate menu remorse!
    ~ Those pizza-making pics are adorable!
    ~ Nathan’s Hot dogs are the best!
    ~ I like how you put chopped tomatoes on your hotdog instead of ketchup. I need to try that. Not a huge fan of ketchup (actually, EXCEPT on hotdogs!) and LOOOOOOVE tomatoes.
    ~That deep dish pizza looks freaking amazing!
    ~Those scallops look perfectly seared. I will have to cut the recipe in half and make it for one, since hubs is allergic… Or top the risotto with something else.
    ~ Oh I need to find an herbed sea salt like that!
    ~ Okay, I’m done with exclamation points. Cheers~

    • I always love your bullet point comments Carrie! I actually didn’t like diced tomatoes until a couple years ago – now that I completely seed them, I like them!

  6. One day I am going to make your deep dish pizza because every time you post photos, it looks amazing!!! Summer beer…hahaha Kind of like winter fuel blend and summer fuel blend…

    • You won’t regret making this pizza! The best part? The dough can be made days in advance, just let it sit on the counter 30 minutes before putting it in your pie pan. 😀

  7. How cute is baby G? 🙂 Your scallops look beautiful!

  8. I make a killer turkey rueben, but I’m with you–not something to order in a burger joint; hopefully, you gained some wisdom and Tony will never have to punch you in the face. What kind of camera do you use? What’s the new lens that you’re using?

    • I have a Nikon D3100 that I got for Christmas 2 years ago. I’ve always used the stock lens until last week – I got a 50mm 1:8 lens – $134 dollars on Amazon.com. 😀

  9. This is a very sophisticated/sexy picture of my father. I’d say it’s “Facebook Worthy”.

  10. Haha, love that cake, amazing! 🙂 That risotto looks awesome…it’s been way too long since I made risotto, definitely need to do some!

  11. What a great weekend you had! And I am SO proud of you for getting together with your old boss. I always harp on my friends who don’t keep in touch:)

  12. hahahhahahah. So hilarious that you asked if they would write a swear word on the cake ;). The cake looks so yummy. Glad you got to taste the burger- definitely order one up next time. Those kiddos sure are cute!

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    AWWW….what a cute couple of kids! And I LOL at the cake. Oh Tony!!! What a character!

  14. Aww your little helper making pizzas is adorable. Um, feel free to come make those at my house anytime Biz, I’ll provide your wine and beer 🙂 The scallop dish sounds really good. I can only get little baby scallops here, I wish I could get ‘normal’ ones! Today is finally nice enough to get outside and it’s sunny. The dogs are out there now 🙂

  15. I like the picture of the almonds too.

    I get what you are saying. In some ways I’m the same. I’ve moved jobs a few times in the last decade and I’ve stayed friends with a few coworkers–people who I became real friends with outside of the work week–but the other coworkers that I liked but never hung out with? Never stayed in touch. Kind of a shame!

  16. Hot damn! I just put Nathan’s dogs on my grocery list. Food looks amaze as usual….I want that cake!!!!! YUM! What a great weekend….mine was spent working and I had to miss my first ww weigh in, so I was a bit bummed out.

  17. Mmmm…scallops! Love. Yay for finally seeing the sun! I enjoyed a long walk with a dear friend and Shazam yesterday and it was glorious. Tonight Bob made us margaritas to cheers the warmer temps. 🙂

    P.S. Don’t read my blog today–it’s about onions. I thought of you when I hit publish. But, really, have you ever tried caramelized onions? It might convert you!!

    • Don’t get me started on carmelized onions. One day I was at work, Tony was at home and he texts me and says “I have no idea what your daughter is cooking, but it smells only of onions!” When I got home I asked what she made – she said “just carmelized onions with butter – I just ate them plain out of the pan.” Not sure how I spit out an onion loving daughter!

  18. What a lovely weekend Biz. I have contact with just 2 co-workers I ever worked with, one of them has become a friend and the other I “speak” every now and then on FB but we never meet up.

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    Sounds like a great weekend! I love all the pizza making photos!

    Scallops are still on my list of things I want to make but never have! I’ll have to change that!

    Have a great day!

  20. Oh that risotto looks delicious. If only the boyfriend would eat seafood…meh, screw him, I’ll make it anyways 😉

    The photos with the new lens look great – what kind of lens is it? I have been thinking I need to upgrade my camera, but perhaps purchasing a new lens would be more economical.

  21. so i am a little behind this week. so happy we made the blog. i don’t consider you a horrible work friend. we still see each other from time to time. and thanks for the shout out that i was a fun co-worker. i know it. ha,

    • Thanks Alison! Let’s try to keep in touch more often, I had a ton of fun. And you know I can always babysit if you and Cam want to go out!

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