I am a gourmet chef, obvi.

Delicious dinner tonight with the BFFs! :)


The Menu:


Hummus and Crackers

Goat Cheese and Beet Mixed Green Salads



Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

(based on this recipe, except I used mushrooms instead of spinach (wanted to do them separately) and nixed the couscous. To simplify the recipe, I cooked the chicken first in a large, deep pan with the olive oil and garlic and then threw all the rest of the ingredients in with it for a few extra minutes!)


Sautéed Spinach with Garlic

(Just TONS of fresh spinach sautéed in a pan with olive oil and lots of garlic)


Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes



Chocolate Wafer Cookies

(This was supposed to be baked pears but we were too full!)

Wine Pairing:

Sarah’s Patio Red (from Chrysalis, my fave Virginia winery!)



Yay! We had fun getting everything ready :) It’s way more fun cooking when I have such hot assistants ;) 





We had such a fun day! We had brunch in Georgetown at one of my favorite places in the city, Peacock Cafe, and then spent the rest of the afternoon walking around and doing a little shopping ;)

Now it’s time to relax! We have a big day planned tomorrow involving running, more brunch, and some art museum action. And then a hot Valentine’s Day dinner, obviously ;)

Have a great night!


  1. 1

    That spinach looks so yummy with the garlic. Glad you ladies had fun! :-)

  2. 2

    Wow your dinner looks great! I love spinach, in all forms. I hope you and the girls have fun!!

  3. 3

    Everything looks amazing!!!!

  4. 4

    Look like you had a TON of fun!! I wish that I could have a weekend with all of my friends, but we are so busy!!

  5. 5

    I’ll be over soon! Such fun!
    Loving your blog and tweets.

  6. 6

    Please cook for me, please? The goat cheese sounds amazing!

  7. 7

    Chrysalis winery is SO MUCH FUN!!!! Sarah’s Patio red and white are FANTASTIC!!!! love that Harris Teeter sells them :)

  8. 8

    That was a very colorful meal-how did kris handle that? Looks yummy, I miss you girls! Have fun together!

  9. 9

    YUM! that sauteed spinach is callin’ my name :) hope y’all have a fun day tomorrow!

  10. 10

    Love that menu! Goat’s cheese, balsamic, chicken, garlic…all brilliant flavours!!
    I love cooking :) I made an awesome Chocolate Chicken dish last night! :D Have a great day!

    Mmmm chocolate chicken?? That sounds awesome! -Anne

  11. 11

    Did Kris seriously eat all that? :)

    Yes!!!! I already knew she liked sauteed spinach and sweet potatoes, but the beets were a new thing for her and she actually liked them! The only no go was the mushrooms ;) xoxo -A

  12. 12

    Everything looks delish! Hope you had a nice run in the frigid snowy weather this morning!

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    Mmmm….Peacock Cafe! My best friend lives in DC and while she was in GTown we ate there every time I visited. Thanks for reminding me of fun times with friends in DC!

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