As much as we love going out for drinks on Friday to celebrate the weekend and put the week behind us, we also love staying in and having our friends over for our version of happy hour. Being the pizza fanatics we are, we decided to try and make our own. We took a shortcut (love that) and used pre baked crusts (you can also use Naan or Pitas) but I must say I was proud of the result and judging by how quickly we all devoured our slices, I’d say our friends liked them too.
My favorite! Margherita (with a little sauce)
Mike’s yummy creation… A Philly Cheesesteak pie (Wiz included)
I LOVED this combination! Goat Cheese and Figs (balsamic glaze)
I’m usually one for going all out and cooking weeknight feasts…I said usually. Today I was just tired and not looking forward to spending an hour in the kitchen, so I decided to get a little creative and take some shortcuts. I’m sure you guys know by now I have a slight pasta addiction and that was definitely the first thing that came to mind. I tried this sauce a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at how delicious it is, so much so that I just had to have it again. I have never been a fan of jarred pasta sauce but this one can give some home made sauces a run for their money; it is perfectly seasoned (not too heavy on the sodium) and can stand alone or be a great companion to chicken or seafood. The ravioli have a butternut squash filling (light and savory) and the shrimp were pre-cooked to perfection (thanks Whole Foods!!!). I added a little chopped basil, arugula and spinach. Voila! Dinner in 15 minutes! I hope I can inspire you to be a little lazy too 😉
Some places really can be perfect. Be it because of their natural beauty or the amount of thought put into everything their four walls contain. The latter can be said of our favorite wine bar The Blind Monk . It’s 3 blocks away from home, has a fantastic wine list, is beyond cozy and intimate, and it has been the backdrop for some of my favorite memories…We had our first (and second) date there, celebrated our engagement, and birthdays there this year and come tomorrow we will be there on “date night”. I can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than to sit across from Michael with a delicious glass of red and share some laughs.