Sunday, September 20, 2009

Five Years and Counting ~ Anniversary Dinner 2009

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated 5 years of marital bliss.  It seems like only yesterday we were planning our wedding, I can't believe it has been 5 years already!

We spent the day low key relaxing at home, it was raining here in South Florida, so it gave us an excuse to lazy around the house.  Of course like all special celebrations food was to be involved, but we had already decided that for this year's Anniversary we would stay in and have a home cooked meal, so it was ok to keep the day low key.

We did go out for a portion of our day so that we could attend church services (  We were blessed with a wonderful sermon from our teaching pastor John Maxwell on "Paying it Forward".  We know that we have MANY blessings in our lives (including that of our marriage) and are thankful for that!

After church it was time to get the final touches for our dinner then home to get things going.  On the menu was Flank Steak with Garlic Tomato Jam, and Arugula Salad; recipe presented on the Today show this week ~ a recipe I got from the Today Show: (all ingredient info is at the end of this blog).

First I prepared the garlic tomato jam; it had to cook down so it was going to take a bit longer than everything else.

Then I prepared the Arugula Salad; I varied the recipe by adding some spinach as well, but the ingredient that turned out to be key in the salad was the freshly grated parmesan cheese ~ YUMMY!

Then it was on to the steak, which I had marinated all day in a roasted garlic & herb marinade (store brought ~ another variant to the recipe as presented on the Today Show).  The steak smelled absolutely delicious while it was cooking (sorry, the aroma distracted me and I forgot to photograh it); and once topped with the garlic tomato jam it made for a deliciously looking professional presentation (ok, I will let you judge for yourselves).


Once everything was ready, and the table was set, it was time to dig into our special meal.

...and of course no special occasion meal is complete without a special dessert (thank goodness we left room for dessert).  Thanks to my beautiful sister Carmen, we indulged in red velvet cake ~ thanks Sis!

We ended the night with a movie.  It was a wonderful meal, and a wonderful anniversary!  I am thankful for this and all the blessings I have in my life.

Garlic tomato jam
• 6 large ripe tomatoes, cored and cut in half crosswise (about 4 pounds, peeled seeded and fine diced)
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup diced sweet onion
• 5 garlic cloves, roasted until soft and pureed
• 1 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and minced
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Flank steak
• 1 1/4 pound flank steak
• Sea salt
• Fresh cracked black pepper
• 1 tablespoon olive oil

Arugula salad
• 1 bunch (about 5 1/2 cups) arugula
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
• 1 1/4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
• Dash kosher salt
• Dash freshly ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup Regianno-Parmesan cheese, sliced thin

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