Written with love, by Sarah-Elizabeth Stone
Once upon a time there lived a couple of newlyweds looking to keep their young marriage alive with a well-known ritual called date night. Off they ran to the nearest book store to purchase many a newlywed cookbooks, matching aprons and Gordon Ramsey cook wear. Armed with their love and hungry stomachs, our heroes launched into the challenge to make the best home cooked meal that there ever was. Facebook and Instagram would be inundated with hashtags and hearts, pictures of the cooks and their wine would surface all over social media. This, they thought, would not only be the best meal ever, but people would come from far and wide to taste their great dish.
The real life version of this fairy tale is perhaps a little less idyllic. The newlyweds have already gone back to work, thus leaving little time for skipping to any store, book or otherwise. One of two matching aprons is in the dryer, and the princess apron matched my shirt better that day anyways. My Gordon Ramsey cook wear is for guests, and I spend far too long painstakingly putting them back on the shelf for my husband’s liking. Facebook and Instagram are more likely to see one good shot out of the 10 that was taken that evening. And by the end of a long evening, sitting full by the dinner table, my hashtags tend to get a little irrelevant to the actual food that’s pictured (#redhead).
While real life isn’t as perfect, the food is always fantastic and the company couldn’t be better – and that is exactly what date night is all about.
· 2 cups of chopped spinach
· 3 cloves of garlic
· 2 tsp chopped basil
· 2 tbs chopped parsley
· 1 cup of ricotta cheese
· 1 cup of lobster meat
· ½ cup of 5% cream
1. Chop spinach and add to food processor along with basil, parsley, garlic, and chop finely
2. Put mixture into a bowl and mix in 1 cup of ricotta cheese
3. Prepare lobster meat (thaw from frozen, or cook)
4. Add lobster meat into herb mix
5. Pour ½ cup of 5% cream into a pot, stir for 3-5 minutes
6. Add in the pesto mixture
7. Keep on medium heat while cooking pasta for 8-10 minutes
8. Serve with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese