One year ago this weekend, my older brother married his beautiful bride in a grand Kentucky wedding. In honor of this event, today's Saturday Soiree is a party for two and in this case, an anniversary dinner. We often think of parties as big, elaborate affairs but why not find a reason to celebrate those that you love most in small but thoughtful ways?
Throwing a thoughtful party does not have to be a costly affair. The true beauty of the event is in the details. Personalize the night to suit you and your loved one. Maybe you honeymooned in Napa and drank the most delicious wine, serve it. Perhaps you are movie buffs, name your courses after your favorite films and have them playing quietly in the background. Not into formal food? Why not serve McDonald's on your fine china? Make the evening special by making it our own. The following is my suggestion for a semi-formal dinner for two.
Grilled Romaine Salad
Figs with yogurt and honey
Figs with yogurt and honey
2 6oz Swordfish fillets
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. fresh basil, Julienned
Preheat grill over high heat. Brush fillets with olive oil and kosher salt and pepper. Lightly grill fish over medium heat 4 minutes on first side and 3 minutes on second. Adjust time according to thickness of fillets. Salt and pepper to taste.
Sauce: Preheat pan over medium high heat. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil and toasts pine nuts till light brown. Lower heat, add basil and chopped tomatoes. Cook till tomatoes break down. Spoon over fish and garnish with fresh basil.
Grilled Romaine Salad- from the wonderful- slowtrav.com
2 heads romaine lettuce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette
Homemade croutons, if desired
Rinse and pat dry the lettuce. Cut the two heads in half lengthwise. Brush surface with olive oil and grill 4-5 minutes total. Place each wedge on a salad plate and drizzle with dressing. Using a vegetable peeler, shave curls of Parmesan onto lettuce. Top with chopped tomatoes and kosher salt and pepper to taste.
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. lemon zest
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. anchovy paste
1 tbsp.white wine vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
Place all ingredients in a jar with a lid. Secure lid, then shake to blend. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Cook two cups pearl couscous in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, instead of water. Top with 2 tbsp. chopped flat leaf parsley and 1/3 cup chopped and sauteed white onions.
Roast Figs with Greek yogurt and honey. Slice and roast fresh figs for 12 minutes. Arrange on dessert plates with a dab of Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey and 1 tsp. chopped pistachios.
Decor: Take this opportunity to use your formal china to create a simple and elegant affair. Set the table with fresh flowers and tea lights. For the centerpiece, put a collection of your favorite photographs of the two of you.
Drink: A Chardonnay with oak tones would work well- for an inexpensive choice I recommend Menage a Trois Chardonnay. Also serve sparkling water with lime wedges.
Music: I love classical guitar music, and would find a selection through itunes to have softly playing in the background.
Dress: Why not get all dolled up for that special someone? For this special event, I would wear something along these lines...
As usual, all three dresses can be found at edressme.com.
" Love is not an easy feeling to out into words..." -Ted Kennedy
*Images from weheartit, foodnetwork.com, slowtrav.com,apreppywedding.blogspot.com, grouprecipes.com. edressme.com