Sunday, February 19, 2006

Dinner, VRC: Potatoes and WDB #22

We finally had our "Valentine's Day" meal last night. As I've said before, we don't necessarily buy into the whole Valentine's Day schlock, but at the same time, we are never one to pass up an excuse for a good meal. The budget is tight, so instead of splurging at our favorite restaurant, we had a nice fondue meal with the boys. We were also able to splurge with a nice bottle of Moet White Star that we picked up back before New Year's for just $22 (normally it runs $35-$40).

Garlicky Sauteed Spinach

Along with the fondue, we served sauteed spinach and roasted potatoes. The roasted potatoes are also my entry for this week's VRC round-up, being hosted by Biscuit Girl at You Gonna Eat All That?

There are so many wonderful ways to cook potatoes - from gratins to mashed to grilled - but one of our favorite ways is to roast them. If you roast them at a high heat, they not only cook pretty quickly, making them great for those hurried weeknight meals, but they also get nice and crispy outside, while remaining soft inside. Even easier, you can dress the potaotes up anyway you like - anything goes. We like to do olive oil, salt, pepper, usually minced garlic and sometimes a spice or seasoning blend with a kick. Last night we chose olive oil, salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning.

And last, but not least, Bailey would like to wish Sweetnicks a speedy recovery. For those of you who missed it, Sweetnicks has been in the hospital to have her gall bladder removed. Bailey says he would love to bring Sweetnicks the paper in bed and give her extra loving, but he's sure that Eli has things under control. Head on over to Something So Clever where Alicat is taking over the roundup this weekend while Sweetnicks recovers. Hope you're back soon, Sweetnicks!

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