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GrillNextDoor Oct 25, 2006 06:16 PM

Aniversary today and husband and I were going to take off the day and celebrate. Sick son foiled those plans. Any ideas for a romantic dinner with ingredients on hand (son too sick to go shopping and I haven't shopped in awhile...) Or should we just forget about the anniversary and order pizza? ;)

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    julesrules Oct 25, 2006 06:45 PM

    It's hard without knowing what you have on hand. If it were us, pizza and red wine would be considered fairly romantic ;)
    Or, we'd order something a little nicer, probably sushi, and get out the nice dishes & candles.

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      Hungry Celeste Oct 25, 2006 06:47 PM

      Fondue (either dessert or cheese) can be fun and is easy to improvise with whatever's on hand.

      1. chowser Oct 25, 2006 06:48 PM

        Put your son to bed early and do take out from your favorite place. Make reservations for the weekend.:-)

        If you want to cook in, there was a thread about carbonara that had my mouth watering. That, a salad, and some molten chocolate cake (if you have cream) would be nice. Romantic? In the eye of the beholder.

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          pamd Oct 25, 2006 06:51 PM

          if there is a place nearby that you both enjoy that does well for pick up, perhaps you could do that.

          I have a nice chicken & artichoke (can) dish recipe that I made once as a nice dinner for a similar reason of using what's on hand.

          it would help if you listed some of your on hand ingredients

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            j2brady Oct 25, 2006 06:55 PM

            I whole-heartedly encourage take out! Use the time for something else, wink! It is your anniversary!

            Have a great night!

            Jenna

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              ricepad Oct 25, 2006 07:12 PM

              It's not about the food, it's about the mood!

              Get some take out, start a crackling fire, put on some soft music, and enjoy each other.

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                fauchon Oct 25, 2006 07:26 PM

                Absolutely! Also open a bottle of wine, use nice dishes, flatwear, candles...serve with love & care even if it's utterly simple...

              2. frenetica Oct 25, 2006 07:23 PM

                Spaghetti tossed with lots and lots of garlic, red chili flakes and the best olive oil, topped with grated parmesan - and a bottle of good red. Add candlelight and serve.

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