Rethink the Traditional Restaurant Date Night and Try this Instead
July 6, 2016
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Have a hot date or Anniversary celebration coming up? Instead of the usual fancy restaurant dinner for two; go the less conventional route. It's A Sparkly Life and Lisa Renault Photographie are showcasing just how cozy and romantic cooking dinner at home can be. Plus, they've got recipes to back it up. Get the details for a delicious citrus salad and Spring Risotto with Grilled Shrimp below.
From It's a Sparkly Life… For all the weddings that occur during the oncoming wedding season, there are just as many anniversaries. Why let the newlyweds have all the fun?! Instead of a usual dinner for two at a fancy new restaurant in town, we love the idea of a home cooked meal, made together of course.
The key is to have a fun time together, this means no complicated dish or 4 hours of prep work! Think simple, elegant and fresh.
A light citrus salad, some cheese to snack on, and a delicious risotto topped with grilled shrimp is the perfect menu for just that.
Nothing is too time intensive thus allowing for plenty of stolen kisses and sips of wine in between.
A light hearted evening at home, filled with crisp flavors and of course some sweets!
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Citrus Salad

What you'll need:

1 grapefruit
1 orange
1 clementine
1/2 bulp fennel including leafy fronds
1 tbsp sunflower or pumpkin seeds
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

One person peels and cuts the fruit vertically, while the other chops up the fennel into small slices. Make sure to keep the green leafy fronds at the end! They make a beautiful garnish. Place fennel slices in a small bowl.

Combine olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Add to fennel. Mix well.

Plate fennel on plates, topping with a variety of citrus slices. Gently scatter fronds and seeds.


Spring Risotto with Grilled Shrimp

What you'll need:

1 cup arborio rice
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup frozen peas
8 stalks asparagus, trimmed and steamed
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsbp butter
salt and pepper to taste

Warm up broth in a medium sized pot until just simmering.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt butter.

Immediately add arborio rice and stir until coated with butter.

Pour white wine and stir until evaporated.

Lower heat to medium.

Pouring 1 cup broth at a time, cook arborio rice slowly, stirring every so often. Every time broth seems to finish, pour an additional cup. This process should take about 20-30 minutes depending on heat. Season with salt and pepper as you go along.

When rice begins to look near done, add peas. Stir to combine.

Remove from heat and add parmesan.

Top with freshly steamed asparagus, either intact or cut up in small pieces

Once plated, add your shrimp

For Grilled Shrimp:

Marinate shrimp in 1 tbsp of olive oil, and any spice variety you desire! For this meal, we used a cajun spice!

Keep refrigerated for 30 minutes or until ready to grill.

Lightly oil grill pan and cook shrimp 2-3 minutes per side.

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