Forty seven years I’ve been married, and that means I’ve prepared forty six Valentine dinners at home. How did that happen?
Well, it began the first year of marriage. The hubby thought to take me out for dinner, but he didn’t think about making a reservation. That resulted in two hours of driving around Houston looking for a place that had room for two. No luck, and around 10:00 we finally ended up at a fast food restaurant. Maybe we laughed at the disaster, but I’m thinking it was frustration rather than laughter that defined the evening.
Now, I’m not always a quick learner, but something told me that would be the norm unless I took the pressure off the hubby to remember both the day and to make a dinner reservation. Something tells me he’s very grateful!
I make dinner most nights, so the challenge is always making the Valentine dinner a little special. The hubby loves veal chops and spinach, and that was a good enough place to begin. I don’t know how many ways one can fix a veal chop, but I’ve tried a number and there’s never been a complaint.
So, yesterday I went shopping for veal chops. Guess what? Except for packaged cutlets, the three stores I tried had no veal. I didn’t want to spend all day looking for chops, so I broke down and bought the cutlets.
It only took a second to decide to make Veal Saltimbocca, a favorite tasty and easy to prepare dish. All that is needed is some prosciutto, a few sage leaves, olive oil and white wine. I had a few sun-dried tomatoes so I threw them in at the last minute as the wine sauce was bubbling away.
When all was said and done, the meal was a success and the hubby expressed his gratitude for once more not having to fight the crowds on Valentine’s. Hmmm, he may be getting a little too used to this!
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