One of our new years resolutions or goals this year is to try and host a monthly dinner party with friends. This month we invited over our good friends Duane and Becky Cotton to join us. We combined our Valentines Day Dinner Menu with our monthly dinner party because Ralph is working all weekend. It was a perfect evening with great conversation, some amazing drinks and a dinner menu that left us all very full!
Here is what our dinner included:
If you need some music to help set the mood.. we enjoyed Hipster Cocktail Party station on Pandora!
Just click on the links for the recipes!
Old Fashioned ( for the guys) Sorry forgot to snap a photo. But this one is highly recommended by Ralph!
Love Martini’s (for the girls)
Appetizer – Cheese board
The Dinner Menu:
French Onion Soup – I need to get the recipe from Ralph but this is one of the first things he made for me. He got me to fall in love with his cooking with French Onion Soup!
Dessert – Balsamic strawberries with ricotta cream
Cooking has turned into our passion and something we love to do together. Not just on special occasions and holidays but with every chance we get. We almost don’t even enjoy going out to eat that much because cooking together brings us so much joy.
Ralph and I celebrate our love every day we get together and are always trying to show our love and commitment in the ways that we serve each other. And cooking is on top of our list! We don’t need a holiday to make it official. So for us a quiet evening at home with a nice home cooked meal and some wine is more than enough. Ralph hand writes me little notes and cards just because pretty often. He tells me I am beautiful and that he loves me every day. I always wake up with a Good Morning text from him even on the mornings we are together. He has always been the strong one in the relationship and assures me every day we are in this together no matter what. Even when I want to give up, I know he won’t. I have found a true life partner that loves me unconditionally despite all my flaws. I couldn’t be happier or feel more loved that I do today with Ralph Gargiulo.
Today, I am grateful for his ex’s… they had their chance with the most amazing and committed man a woman could ask for and they didn’t appreciate him. And now it is my turn to give him all that he deserves! Happy Valentines Day Ralph Gargiulo! I will love you forever!
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Are you making a home cooked meal for your lover?