Valentine Dinner

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

First, our husbands sent us to the spa for massages and pedicures on Saturday afternoon while they took care of the children and cooked and cleaned.  It was so relaxing.


Since we rarely have our photo taken together, we had the sitter take this one...

The first course was at Linda and Bill's house.

Bill had prepared an impressive first course feast that included champagne with raspberries, French wines, herbed hummus on endive.....

salad with sauteed pears, gorgonzola, cranberries and walnuts

a beautiful assortment of cheeses and prosciutto.


We were 3 happy ladies!

Next, it was off to Marjo and Cameron's house for the main course....

Grilled sea scallops with cilantro pesto and avocado vinaigrette (I had shrimp because I don't eat scallops).  The vegetable was a sweet potato cassolette with chipotle cream.  It was AMAZING!

Finally, we arrived at our home for dessert.
Dave prepared a blueberry galette with vanilla ice cream and Grand Marnier creme brulee.  It was all delicious!!!



Life is like a box of chocolates...
Dave also bought all of the women a box of our favorite Swiss chocolates.


The menu read...
At La Cuisine de Cupid, Chefs Bill, Cameron and Dave put their hearts into every dish to say 
"Oui, we love our wives!"

We love our husbands and feel so blessed.  It was a GREAT night.

P.S. For those that have asked--- Yes, our husbands truly cooked it all.  No help!  They help each other serve it too.  We purposefully "invite" couples to do this based on the facts that A) we enjoy their company B) the husbands are good cooks and C) they live close by.  I will try to get recipes for y'all!  It truly is one magical night a year!


  1. That looks like so much fun! The pictures made me very hungry! What talented husbands!

  2. ok, that was so incredibly sweet of them and i am totally copying you next year...daniel doesn't know it yet but i know he'll love the idea considering he loves cooking!!!! i'm so glad ya'll had such a wonderful night. what a sweet hubby you have.

  3. What a beautiful blog and relaxing place to escape! Your V Day looks fantastic! Those hubbies look too adorable! Glad I found you.

  4. What a special Valentine's Day for you three ladies. All I can say is that your husbands rock!! Glad you had a wonderful day.

  5. That is so sweet! I love all of the details and careful attention they paid. What wonderful guys!

  6. It looks like you had a fabulous evening. What a special treat for you ladies.

    Hope you are feeling better, Kim.


  7. Oh that is too dang cute! What a great idea. These men had it all under control!!

  8. I ran down the hall and asked my co-worker. Have you ever tried a sweet potatoe cassolette with chipolte sauce or avocado vinaigrette? To make a long story short....we NEED the recipe. :-)

  9. Wow!!! And I thought I went all out and made my Hub a meatloaf!! :) Now, tell the truth -- did they have any help or all they all that talented in the kitchen?? What a great evening!


  10. Wait... you mean your husbands COOK? Sigh...

  11. Adorable. Utterly adorable! I love the last photo so much! Next year, I am so doing this!

  12. That looks incredible!! Sounds like a great day!

  13. Glad to know what you look like for this weekend! ;)

    And wow, I have to say I'm extremely impressed with your husbands. That sounds like an amazing evening and some very delicious food! Can't wait for the recipes, especially the sweet potato casserole, that sounds like something I would LOVE.

  14. Now, that's love :) Are you full???!! Wow, that was some menu!

  15. It sounds like you had a perfect Valentine's Day! Your hubbys did a great job with the meal!

  16. I know I am slow - but I guess I just realized that the last dinner like this was not the same three families! I love this idea!

  17. Bravo to the guys! It sounds like a magical night for sure. Do they give cooking lessons or share recipes? Pete would love to do this...with a little moral support!

  18. Impressive and they even created a menu...They thought of every thing!!

    Recipes would be yummy :O)

    You girls are blessed.

    xoxo Michele

  19. What a great idea! That looks like so much fun!

  20. sounds like a lovely evening.
    I am just so glad you are beginning to enjoy TX and feel like its home.

  21. What a thoughtful and special night for ya'll! The menu looks absolutely to die for. What a treat for you girls, and the thought of going to the spa sounds absolutely divine! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures- have a good week!
    P.S. By the way, love the filigree vases- so pretty!

  22. I love your Valentine tradition. I'm going to email this post to my gourmet husband. Maybe he'll pick up on the hint. :)

  23. Such a fun tradition and how blessed to have a husband that cooks - I can't relate ;).
    Love you hydrangeas in the individual vases - so pretty!
    Great photo of you and your chef, um ... I mean husband ;)


  24. That all looked SO GOOD!! I can't wait for those recipes:)

    Glad you had such a fantastic hubby can cook a little, but I am not sure he would have been able to pull off a meal like that!

    The flowers looked so pretty in your new bud vases!!

  25. the meal looked amazing!! such fun!

  26. You are one lucky lady :) I wish I was your neighbor....... :)


  27. What a wonderful treat! The food and tables looked divine. Tell Dave I said, "Bravo!"

    Meanwhile back in Dallas... Robert was in Austin to run the Austin Marathon Sunday morning, Will and Dots had plans with friends, so Vivian and I went out for Mexican food by ourselves. She actually behaved very well (I brought along the video iPod with Dora and Wonder Pets episodes as well as some paper and colored pencils). Not a terrible evening by any stretch, but yours sounded MUCH more romantic - LOL.

    Hope everyone at your house is feeling better (especially you!).

  28. This is just wonderful! I need to get my fiancé to read this as he thinks he is the only romantic guy and would love to see that there are more out there loving on their wives! Yeah! You deserve every moment of it. Thank you for you kind words on my blog. You have the prettiest smile and are just a true blessing to so very many!

  29. This is just wonderful! I need to get my fiancé to read this as he thinks he is the only romantic guy and would love to see that there are more out there loving on their wives! Yeah! You deserve every moment of it. Thank you for you kind words on my blog. You have the prettiest smile and are just a true blessing to so very many!

  30. Kim - you look positively radiant!! What a wonderful evening for you all. Great job, guys!!

    Have a blessed week:)


    I sooo remember this last year..

  32. Wonderful dinner! The menu sounds amazing!
    I recognize those silver vases...they look fabulous with the hydrangeas.

    Glad you had a fabulous Valentine's Day. Hope you are feeling better!

  33. Looked very good. Kind of beat my Valentine Subway sandwich all to pieces!!!!

  34. MMnnnnnnn yummy!!!! Everything looks delicious!! Unless you would like to have a progressive dinner where the main course consist of scrambled eggs or bbq steaks....we would not be invited LOL my husband can't cook. But he can make a mean sundae!!!! He is also very good at P&J sandwiches. : )
    You two are such an adorable couple!

  35. How sweet and thoughtful can three husbands be!?! What fun I'm sure they had getting it all together too.

    Also, as you know by now, our dear friend and blogger, Pearls & Grace, is going to have a "Pearl Event" in the NYC/Tri-state area on Sunday, March 1st at 7:00 PM. I am so very excited for her. She is really taking a leap of faith by basically going public with her incredible story.

    I write to ask you a favor. P&G won't "toot her own horn" so, I'd like for us to do it for her. Would you mind making a blog post about this event and including a link to her blog and her email address?

    Also, please keep her in your prayers. She is understandably nervous. Thank you so much for your support of this dear lady! I look forward to seeing you in blogland!
    -Granny Smith Green

  36. Dave you ROCK in the husband, Dad, friend category!!!

    We are blessed to call you friend too!

    What a great night! I wish we were close. You know Jeff can cook, and he can definitely pick out some good wine!!!!


  37. Kim that sounds amazing and that was a great picture of you and dave. I am so impressed with your dinner-- all 3 courses. My hubby cooks and my brother is a chef instructor at a culinary school and is the wine expert so we love the fine dining experience. We do it about once every couple months-- full 5 to 6 courses paired with wines!! Totally amazing and luckily we had this expereince this past friday night-- 6 courses-- amazing!!!!!

    Glad you had a wonderful night!

    Christy :)

  38. Sounds like a wonderful Valentine's Day! Lucky you to get a day at the spa, too!

    Glad you had a good one. The food all looked yummy.


  39. Wow...what a night! My husband can cook but I'm not sure we know anyone else who can. We had such a great time with our friends on Saturday night. It really is just as much fun, and probably more, to have a dinner at home with friends than to go out.

    So glad you had a great time.

  40. i love this idea! can't wait for the sweet potato recipe. sounds divine!

  41. Our dinner last year with you was better :)!!! Miss you!

  42. This looks like a lot of fun. I love your necklace. May I ask where you got it? I have been looking for something like that.

  43. What a special gift of love.... I am certain it meant so much to all three of you.

  44. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful Valentine's Day. I'm so impressed, what great & thoughful guys you have! Thanks for sharing.

  45. WoW..I'm so impressed Kim.
    What a beautiful night for you ladies.

  46. What a great alternative for an overcrowded restaurant and cliche dinner out. You look beautiful, Kim!

  47. A-ma-zing!! That is hands down the most fabulous tradition!

  48. WOW what a great night!!!!

    I would love recipes!!


  49. What sweet men! The dinner looked fabulous.

  50. Everything looks so delicious! Can't wait to get the recipes and who makes those chocolates? Thanks, Wendy

  51. How beautiful everything looked!
    The food, and the and the beautiful women as well!
    RED does you well kimberly!


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