Surprise Date Night 

The hubby and I only get a few date nights. Some are planned and some are unexpected.  I was planning on going to a Barre class, but the hubby got off earlier than expected.

Normally I would stand by my workout class, but since it is summer I am able to workout a lot more than normal. Since school has gotten out, I have already taken many classes and rocked the gym in the last few weeks; HIITT, Bootcamp, Pilates, Barre, Yoga, Cardiolaties (trampoline and weights), Hubalates (hullahoop and more), Piloxing (Pilates and boxing), and cardio  (walking Brutus, treadmill, StairMaster, and elliptical). I think the Barre can wait until the morning.

So we hit up our favorite sushi place and enjoyed some alone time.

My pick was Tempura Soft Shell Crab

His pick was pan fried dumplings…

Our Sushi lovers for the night…


We also got some eel and salmon unami (not pictured)…

Clean plates…


Impromptu Date Night

Was looking forward to a quiet evening with a spread of Indian take out. Didn’t happen, but got to spend an impromptu sushi date night with the hubby.

This was the spicy mayo eel roll (Gaga roll) and the shrimp tempura roll (Dragon Roll).img_1380

Close-up…that spicy mayo is amazing!  Pan-fried dumplings and Pork Shumai
 All of it was delicious.

Indian food will most likely happen tomorrow.

Sushi Date Night

Happy Friday, ya’ll! The kids are having a slumber party with the grandparents on this cold rainy/snowy/icy Georgia night, so the hubby and I decided to spurge on a sushi date night. We don’t get to have these very often; the girls turn up their noses at sushi, and it can get a bit pricey. There are a ton of great sushi places here, but we decided on a casual place less that 5 miles away called the Mori House. We usually get a few plates to share; a couple of rolls and a few appetizers. Great drinks and food every time! Here is how we “rolled” tonight 😉

Calamari with spicy dipping sauce 

Perfectly Pan Fried Potstickers


Unagi (eel)

Gaga Roll (deep fried California Roll) and Dragon Roll (shrimp tempura and eel)


 The rest of the evening? Cracking open a bottle of red and catching up on my DVR’d shows 😉 I get to sleep in tomorrow, so I am super excited to snuggle under the covers for a few extra hours of sleep!

No Kitchen Week 2

Hey guys! This past week we pretty much finished our demolition. This coming week it is electrical and setting up for the floor to be put in.

Here are some of the yummy bites I have had this week.
Chinese- Shrimp and broccoli with panfried potstickers

Indian food- Paneer Makhani, meat and veggie pakoras and samosas, and cheese Naan, and Daal soup.

My birthday dinner!!! (The Optomist)

Cocktails  Octopus
OFried Oysters
Duck Fat Poached Swordfish with Short Ribs
  Pan Seared Tilapia


Brunch this morning- French Toast, Eggs Benedict, and Bacon

The Honey Pig

So last night was date night! We wanted to do something different, so we came up with the idea to go out to Korean Barbecue. This place was quite the experience! The atmosphere was amazing, cool Korean music blared, and everyone looked like they were just having a great night of fun, friends, family, and food!

The servers start out by putting some sprouts and kimchi on the cast iron dome skillet. They put out a spread of different sauces (bean paste, spicy chili sauce, pickled jalapenos), some lettuce, and different wraps (daikon radish, rice paper, and lettuce).  Then they bring out the meat. We ordered the honey pork, beef steak, and some tofu. It was all so delicious, but I think I liked the steak the best.

The next time I go, I am ordering the whole octopus. I saw a table that got it and I just have to try it!


Linguine and Clams

Happy Friday!!! So earlier in the week when I made my meal plan, I asked the girls if they would rather order pizza or me make something for dinner on Friday night. They wanted to know what I might make, so I took the risk and said pasta with clams. They wanted clams. I even double checked last night to make sure that was still their choice. Yep! So that is what I made tonight for dinner!

Linguine and Clams


1 pound Linguine Pasta
1 tablespoon sea salt
1-2 pounds live Clams
1 tablespoons butter
2 cloves minced Garlic
1 cup White Wine (I used Chardonnay)

Take a large bowl and fill with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of sea salt and stir to dissolve. Add clams and allow to sit in the refrigerator for as long as possible (30 min up to 2 hours). This will release the silt and sand. Rinse clams and press any open clams closed, if a clam won’t stay closed throw it away.

Fill a large pot with water and bring to boil. Salt water well. Cook pasta in water until 1 minute short of al dente. Reserve 3 cups cooked pasta water for sauce. In a large pan add butter. Heat over medium high heat until melted.
Add garlic. Cook about 2 minutes. Add white wine and reduce about 2 minutes. Add salt and clams, toss to coat. Add pasta and 2 cups reserved pasta water. Cover and cook about 3 to 4 minutes until all the clams have opened, any unopened clams need to be discarded.

The girls’ plate…


My plate….


Well…I totally forgot to take a pic, so I snagged this one from google. I added fresh parsley to mine, and of course I had wine =) PERFECTION!!!!!

Have a great weekend!!! See ya soon with some yummy dinners this weekend and a new weekly meal plan!

Garlic Seafood Pasta

Evening kids! 2nd post of the day! Since the last time we talked, the family, including the dog, went on a nice hike at our local park. We came home and I started cooking this amazing dinner.

Earlier today we all went grocery shopping. I noticed some peeled and deveined shrimp were on sale, so I decided to make shrimp pasta tonight. Then I saw some nice clams and mussels and decided to add them to the mix. The girls were in an especially good mood and promised to try a bite of everything. Verdict? They both LOVED the clams!!  Katie loved the shrimp. Becca tried a bite after I promised I would never make her eat another bite of shrimp in her life if she tried it; she just shrugged her shoulders at it. She is just not a fan. They both ate the mussels, but BEGGED for more clams. Next pasta seafood…linguine and clams. Be on the lookout for it =)

Garlic Seafood Pasta


1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1/2 cup white wine


Start a pot of salted boiling water.

Melt 1/2 a stick of butter and 1/4 cup of olive oil in a med/large sized dutch oven or heavy pot. Add in onions and cook down for about 5 minutes. Add in garlic and cook about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, add in pasta to the boiling water.

Add the wine to your garlic and onions. Add the rest of your butter and olive oil. Mix well.

Add the clams to the garlic butter sauce; they should cook about 10 minutes total. 2 minutes later add your mussels; they should cook about 8 minutes total. In 2 more minutes, add your shrimp. They just need about 6 minutes to cook.

Just when your shrimp are turning pink, add in the pasta and a cup or so of starchy cooking water. Mix well and cook for another couple of minutes. When your pasta is perfect, you are ready to eat!

***do not eat any shellfish that has not opened***

***freeze the shells so you can make this…



Steak…Porterhouse…Medium Rare…Perfection

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The cooking time all depends on the size and thickness of your steak and how well done you like it. Mine was on the smaller size and not too thick. Season your steak with salt and pepper on both sides. I like mine medium rare, so I cooked it on the first side about 6 minutes in a super hot cast iron skillet in with a tablespoon of butter. Then I flipped it and cooked the other side about 4 minutes. Then I let it rest for 10 minutes to keep in all the juices.

I have also made it half on the stove and half in the oven with a broiler using Bobby Flay’s recipe I read in Bon Appetit.


  • 1 2”-thick Porterhouse steak, trimmed (about 2 lb.)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Preparation
    • Let steak sit at room temperature 30 minutes before cooking, which will help it cook quickly and more evenly.
    • Heat broiler. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat, then heat oil in pan until smoking. Season steak very generously with salt and pepper and cook until a deep brown crust forms on underside (do not turn), about 4 minutes. Transfer steak to a cutting board, turning it browned side up.
    • Cut meat from bone in 2 pieces (strip steak and filet mignon). Slice both pieces straight down perpendicular to the bone 1” thick. Replace sliced steak around the bone (it should look like a whole sliced steak) and return to skillet, browned side up. Top with butter and broil until butter is melted and steak is medium-rare, 4–6 minutes. Serve steak with buttery pan juices spooned over.

Steak, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Pan Steamed Broccoli

Hey guys! Hope you all had a lovely Valentines Day! We spend it together as a family. Last year, I made fondue. This year I made steak and potatoes. Not just any kind of potatoes; twice baked potatoes. I have made these before on the blog. Of course, I have made steak on the blog lots of times. Here is a recap with some pretty food pictures.


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Twice Baked Potato:

I wrapped 4 potatoes in aluminum foil and baked them for about 45 minutes. I cooked 5 pieces of bacon in a pan. I let potatoes cool a bit, then I spooned the potato filling in a medium bowl leaving the skins. I mixed  in 2 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of sour cream. I spooned the mixture into skins and added shredded mild cheddar and the chopped bacon on top. Put back in a 350 oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted all over the top.

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Broccoli- I cut all the florets off 2 stalks of broccoli. I put them in a pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, and a couple tablespoons of water. Then I put a top on them and cooked them on med. heat. I shook the pan every so often. It cooked about 12 minutes- still bright green and tender but not mushy. You can save your stalks to put in soup or use to make veggie stock!


Shrimp Fettuccine Sorrentini

Good evening, foodie friends! Hope you had a great weekend and did something grand! The other day, my husband requested a pasta he had at a local Italian place. He had this dish that had chicken, cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, and cubed mozzarella cooked in olive oil. So tonight I made this except with shrimp, since we just ate chicken last night.

Sorrentini is the name for pasta made with tomatoes, garlic, basil, and mozzarella cooked in olive oil. It was a big hit for my husband and me. This would be a perfect date night meal! The only thing that would have made it better would be a couple pinches of red pepper flakes for a bit of spice to heat things up =)

The girls don’t like tomatoes. Well, except mashed up in my sauces or in ketchup. So they ate fettuccine alfredo with shrimp. Except Becca. She just ate the noodles and sauce, because she hates shrimp. I know this because I have seen her try it over and over and still spit it out each time. I don’t even bother anymore. You could totally make this with chicken or leave out the meat and make it vegetarian.

So here is how I made my Sorrentini…

Shrimp Fettuccine Sorrentini


10-15 shrimp, peeled and deveined (just pay the extra money to have someone else do it, especially the deveining part)
1 package of fettuccini (use any pasta you have)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 container of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch basil, finely chopped or julienned
1/2 cup-1 cup of really good olive oil
1 cup fresh mozzarella


Salt heavily and bring your water to a boil. Drop your pasta. Stir occasionally.
Meanwhile, heat a large pan to med and add a good glug of olive oil. Enough to coat the bottom plus a little extra.
Add in your garlic and tomatoes. If you wanted to add some heat, a pinch or 2 of red pepper flakes would be amazing! Cook for about 4 minutes. Add your shrimp. Cook until pink, about 4 minutes. Add in your basil.
Add in your al dente pasta. Mix well. Add in a bit of starchy cooking water. Mix well. Add in your cheese. Add more olive oil in if needed.
Plate. Top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese. PERFECTION!!!!!