Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Since the hubby and I both have birthdays just a few days away from Valentine's Day, we don't usually do much to celebrate. Today, we gave the kids small gifts and exchanged cards and cooked each other a nice (all-natural!) dinner at home. We made NY Strip Steaks with sauteed mushrooms and onions, creamed spinach and spinach salad. For dessert, we enjoyed some chocolate chip pumpkin cake and wine in our new hot tub :)

Creamed Spinach
3 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. whole milk
1/2 c. sour cream - can be low-fat
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. onion, minced
1/4 c. water
20 oz. frozen spinach, chopped
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  1. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan on Med-Low heat. Stir in flour and salt until creamed together. Stir in milk a little at a time. Increase the heat to Medium. Constantly stir with a whisk until mixture is thick and smooth.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a 2 quart saucepan over Medium heat, add onions and cook until transparent. Add spinach and water to pan, lower the heat and cover. Stir several times until spinach is almost completely cooked.
  4. When spinach is almost done, add white sauce, sour cream and Parmesan cheese. Stir well and simmer until completely blended.

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