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I've decided-I'm going with a color theme-red.  Hubby usually wants to go out, but this year's budget is a lot skimpier due to losing my day job.  So even if we somehow get a 2for1 coupon, I have a feeling it won't be accepted on a weekend with the holiday and all!

Here's my menu:

New York strip steak (red meat and he'll appreciate it since he loves the stuff and I don't care if I never bite into anything made from a cow)-I'll marinate it in red wine, garlic and olive oil and grill it

Roma tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and basil, drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette (the tomatoes and dressing here)

Wild and brown rice pilaf made with roasted red peppers.

Dessert-hubby loves truffles and if I had had any sense of timing this week I would have gone to chocolatier's website and ordered some, but I never quite made it.  Drat-cuz her goodies are truly to die for.  Maybe for our anniversary in April!  Remind me.

Anyway-dessert will be dark chocolate dipped strawberries or raspberries and strawberries drizzled with dark chocolate.  This will depend on what is looking best at the produce market come Thursday.  

When making a theme night-don't forget to include the table!  I'll use red tablecloth, red roses and get down our china.  Plus, I think I'll ask our son to take his fiancĂ©e out and wear my "never actually worn red negligee".

No sense being totally thrifty!



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