Evenin’!

Huge bummer at lunch today…Pot Belly never showed with our sandwiches! So the meeting organizers ran downstairs to our (gross) cafeteria and picked up lunch for everyone…which meant I was stuck with a ‘pizzeria uno’ personal cheese pizza that I could only manage to eat 2 pieces of.

That’s one strike against Pot Belly in the sandwich catering war with Jimmy John’s!  To make up for it, I had a little afternoon snack at my desk. 🙂

Hershey’s is sponsoring an event at work, so they sent over box after box of free candy.  Total sugar hazard at work every day.  There’s a virtually bottomless bowl of sweets!  I loved the Valentine’s themed York peppermint patty–it was pink on the inside! Very cute.

Dinner was more reheated leftovers from the freezer.  This was the last one!

This is a simple pasta bake with Wegmans’ diavolo sauce and mushrooms, green peppers and chicken sausage.  It looked better the first few times we ate it.  Love the chicken sausage!

This Wegmans’ sauce is probably the best jarred tomato sauce I’ve ever had.  Slightly spicy with a tomato flavor that doesn’t taste artificial. 

Good night!

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Good morning! We celebrated our first day in the new place last night by going to our favorite restaurant, Donna’s.  We were given a gift certificate for Christmas and have been saving it for just this occasion!  Now that we’re paying a mortgage, it’s nice not to have to pay for dinner. 🙂

What we love about Donna’s is that we could literally get something different every time we eat there (which is a lot, by the way), and absolutely everything is amazing.

We started with the meditteranean plate, which included hummus, eggplant caponata (with kalamata olives, peppers, capers and golden raisins), olives and an assortment of pitas and breads for dipping. 

It was excellent! The hummus was really dense and beany.  I’m not a huge fan of olives, but they’re slowly growing on me and I actually liked them in the caponata.

For our entrees, I had the mushroom ravioli with portabello sun-dried tomato cream sauce.  The truffle oil was heavenly!

It was really rich. I ate about 2 and a half of the actual raviolis and saved the rest for later.

Spike had the fall pizza with pears, arugula, prosciutto and balsamic.  He took half home with him, too.

At home we broke out our celebratory dessert that we got at Wegmans the other night–the ultimate chocolate cake!  With a drizzle of Wegmans chocolate raspberry dessert sauce, no less.  

I had a tiny slice with the sauce, and then a couple forkfuls of just the cake itself so I could really taste it.  The cake was absolutely delicious, but I think I actually prefer their ultimate white cake.  We’d love to have that as our wedding cake, but they don’t make it in a big enough size!

Have a great day!

If you saw the pictures from Jules’ post Snowy Saturday, you won’t be surprised to learn that we were “snowed in” last night.  We couldn’t get out to our friends’ Superbowl party, or the feast that awaited us there.  Fortunately we knew this was a possibility, and had thawed out some frozen chili I made in December.  I call it “Evil Turkey Chili.”

Why evil turkey?  Don’t get me wrong; I like turkey as much as anyone.  But in a chili, turkey always seems a little bland.  So I make mine with bitter cocoa, a nice dark beer (e.g. chocolate stout), and several minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  Chipotle peppers aren’t too terribly hot, but if you add way too much (as I have before), you’ll swear the chili is trying to kill you.  Hence the name.

And what better way to put out those flames than a good quality brew.  On Superbowl Sunday, no less.  I was lucky enough to find a Saranac winter mix pack the other day, so last night I tried their American Pale Ale, and was not disappointed.  Plenty of hops punch, which is just what I was in the mood for after Jules and I spent three hours digging our cars out of the snow.

This is what we woke up to this morning:

And this:

And this:

 

They’re saying the roads won’t be plowed in Howard County until Monday night/Tuesday afternoon.  YIKES!

Anyway, onto more food-related items.  After seeing me ogling it for the past few weeks, Spike surprised me with this chocolate on Wednesday (he’s sweet like that): Lindt dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt.

Needless to say, we totally devoured it.  The sweet/salty balance is muy perfecto.  Anyone else have any good recommendations for chocolate? (Being that it is near Valentine’s Day and all…)

Back to staring out the window and thinking about the next 3 days of shoveling.