February 09, 2012

Valentine's Day Menu 1: The Seafood Lover

Going out to dinner on Valentine's Day can be pricey, crowded, and heavy on calories. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a nice meal out every now and then. However, the comfort of your own home can often provide a more intimate and enjoyable setting.  Below is decadent meal to enjoy with friends, family, or a special sweetie.  Surprise your loved one(s) with your cooking talent or make it a fun activity and prepare the meal together!

Appetizer: Cheesy Artichoke French Bread
Main Course: Seared Scallops with Wilted Spinach and Parmesan Risotto
Dessert: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Wine: Cupcake Pinot Grigio $8.99 (HT)  $7.49 (LF)

Shopping List
Pantry/Fridge Stockup in Italics

Bread1 loaf Fresh french bread
  -HT: Fresh Foods Market - $1.69
  -LF: Fresh bakery - $1.99
13.75 oz can artichoke hearts
  -HT: HT Traders - $3.15
  -LF: World Classics Trading Co - $3.22
Shredded Parmesan cheese 
  -HT: $2.89
  -LF: Treasure Cave - $3.19
        -.50/1 SS 12/11 = $2.19
Part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  -HT: $2.89
  -LF: $2.79
Fresh parsley
  -HT: $1.79
  -LF: $.99
Olive oil

Scallops1/2 lb fresh sea scallops
  -HT: $7.50
  -LF: $7.50
Arborio rice
  HT: HT Traders - $3.99
  LF: no price
2 shallots
  HT: $.74
  LF: $.50
9 oz Fresh Express spinach
  -HT: $2.79
  -LF: $2.79
32 oz fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  -HT: $1.97
  -LF: $2.85
Fresh parsley
White wine
Parmesan cheese
Olive oil

StrawberriesFresh strawberries
  -HT: $2.49
  -LF: $2.50
Hershey's Special mildly sweet dark chocolate bar (4.25 oz)
  -HT: $2.19
  -LF: $1.50
Crisco shortening
  -HT: $2.59
  -LF: $2.95

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