This Valentine’s Day, why not forgo material gifts and share the gift of a home-cooked meal? Pat and Gina Neely offer up the perfect menu—easy, but light and delicious—for a very special evening.
Your humble Borzoi Cook and an expert from Books for Better Living, a wellness blog, came together to prepare two dishes from the Neelys’ menu: love potions and sexy seafood pasta.
After peeling and deveining the shrimp and scrubbing clean the mussels for the pasta dish, we decided to take a quick love potion break.
Drinking vodka cocktails before dinner has been assembled seemed like a decadent—if not slightly dangerous—proposition, but Katie from Books for Better Living assured me that pomegranates are rich in antioxidants. Well, in that case:
The red sauce for the pasta couldn’t be easier to prepare, nor more tasty. Take one can of crushed tomatoes, a couple cloves of minced garlic, some red-pepper flakes, and white wine. Stir over heat, and voila!
Next, add the seafood.
Once the mussels have opened, and the shrimps have taken on a pinkish hue, add a pound of cooked linguine and toss to combine.
Tada! Now you have an alluring Valentine’s Day dinner. For a wine pairing, I recommend a nice dry rosé.
To view the full recipes for the love potion and sexy seafood pasta, check out the Neelys’ full menu on Scribd. I guarantee you’ll want to pick up Pat and Gina’s The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook, so you can try their belly-filling, heart-warming menus for all the joyous occasions 2012 will bring. Hint: if you’re still casting about for a perfect Super Bowl Sunday dish, you’ll want to see the Neelys’ menu, which includes jalapeño poppers, wings, potato skins, chili mac, brownies, and beer cocktails. Yowza.
Yours in cooking,
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