Are you already planning a killer at home Valentine’s Day dinner, or will you be spending the night out with someone special? Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday this year which means two things – I will have time to actually make dinner and I won’t be wanting to deal with everyone else out at the restaurants! Weekends and I just don’t get along when it comes to dining out. So, I guess this one is on me!
When it comes to special meals, I love the plotting and scheming. I love planning a menu and coming up with a really cool dinner idea for the both of us. From start to finish (yeah, expect some dessert posts) special occasion dinners may be my favorite Date-Night-In’s. Don’t get me wrong – going out from time to time is mandatory. Some days I just get stir crazy and have to try a new place. And some days I am so tired from work the last thing I want to do is cook. But, on those days where I can step into the kitchen, tie that apron around my waist and get working on what I do best… those days are awesome. I turn up the classics, light some candles, and find my happy place. This risotto recipe, packed with delicious roasted veggies… this is my happy space.
This one was inspired by a dinner I had while traveling in Seattle. I think it may have been the firs time this GirlCarnivore ever ordered a vegetarian dish… but with a description like that…. could I really be blamed? Plus, there is something savory about brussels and the hearty tomato base that quiets that meat eating need. Whether the star of the show, or paired with a beautiful roast, this creamy veggie risotto should be a happy place for all of us! Go on, give it a try!