Not too sure about all of you but I am seriously happy to see this week end! It has been a long one, so I am thrilled that it is finally the weekend. Not only is my dear husband home, tomorrow is also everyone’s favorite or least favorite holiday Valentine’s Day. That is right it is time to get all gushy, wear red, eat some chocolate covered strawberries, make a mixed tape and celebrate the one you love. Or there is category two, which I’m pretty sure involves anti-Valentine’s Day shots and mocking loved up people like me. That’s alright no matter which category you fall into this girl is going to proudly let her love flag fly bright and red all weekend long… And with that I give you my loved up Friday Favorites!
Bourride (Fish Stew with Aioli). This french fish stew caught my eye yesterday in a big way. Maybe it was the cold weather, maybe it was the idea of fish, or maybe just the desire to be transported to the south of France. Halibut, shrimp, and creamy aioli – oh and did I mention saffron?!? This stew looks bright and delicious, just the anti-dote for the bleak winter. After our fancy Valentine’s dinner out on Saturday I think this will be the perfect Sunday night dinner for a cozy night in.
Favorite Cooking Tip.
Trying to stick to a budget is a challenge. Especially when it comes to a budget in the kitchen. Trying to follow a food budget is tough. It is easy to get derailed by wasting food, trendy ingredients you use for one recipe and never again, and of course there is eating out. So I loved this article from the kitchn with 5 simple habits that help to cook on a budget… But I will definitely swap out #4 to ‘Cook with a Dutch Oven’ (see previous slow cooker rant).
For the Girls who Drink Whisky. This clever little piece is a tribute to all of the wise woman who defy the universe and the drink the boys drink. My favorite line was “A whiskey-drinking woman can’t stick to a list of someone else’s creation to define her. She shifts and changes as the light hits her, full of warmth and curiosity. She is fascinated simply by being alive.”
Favorite Pretty Detail.
There is no prettier detail than a love letter. A real love letter. Paper and a pen, not an email or a text, an actual hand written letter. If this idea seems a little foreign then let this modern guide to writing a love letter help you woo your loved one this weekend. For example blue ink not appropriate for writing a love letter – who knew?!
Spirit Rock Potlatch Pinot Noir. This light bodied bright ruby Pinot from the Williamette Valley is a pleasant contradiction as it displays complex flavors of red berries and more earthy flavors of mushrooms and truffles, with a touch of spice. Spirit Rock is a single vineyard pinot noir from winemaker Rebecca Marie Pittock Shouldis of Ghost Hill Cellars.
The wine was inspired by the Face Rock legend. Legend has it that a beautiful First Nations princess was visiting the Oregon coast with her father. After a potlatch (celebratory feast), she wandered down to the ocean with her dog to swim. As she was swimming out in the ocean, an evil spirit in the ocean attacked the princess. She was saved by her dog and did not look at the evil spirit in the eyes, knowing the power was in the eyes of the spirit. Now the princess remains floating in the ocean, looking up at the sky, refusing to look at the evil spirit.
A wine inspired by a legend is the definition of the romance of wine. If you like the minerality of Oregon Pinots you will love this wine!
Hands down they love their Adorable Snowman from Barkbox. It has a unique squeak sound that the fur children go crazy for. But what keeps them entertained is that they can’t get him to make the noise. Maybe this is a sign I need to get out more but it is so entertaining watching them get try to make it squeak!