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Dining In Is The New Date Night

Dining In

I recently read somewhere that “dining in” is the new Date Night.  This took me a little by surprise because while it’s definitely the case where we are concerned…I didn’t know that the concept was catching on.

In my case…by the time Friday night rolls around…I am ready to just put on comfy clothes and R E L A X! The thought of trying to figure out what to do, where to go and then competing with all the rest of the “date nighters” is not appealing in the least.  Combine that with the fact that I find planning and preparing a delicious meal at home a true pleasure…and “date night” has a whole new meaning at our house. :-)

Although last night wasn’t officially a “date night”…my husband and I did find ourselves home alone (a rare event indeed!) at the dinner hour.  We had already been planning on cooking a couple juicy steaks on the barbecue (thanks to 4th of July meat specials at the grocery store!) but I wanted to try something different as a “side” than our usual baked potato.

I remember seeing this recipe for Parmesan Roasted Potatoes at Brown Eyed Baker awhile back and had “filed” it on my computer.  Decided to try it out and I’m happy to share it was the perfect compliment to our lovely Rib Eye steaks!!  REALLY delicious! (I may have dipped them in the ranch dressing that was on my salad….extra yummmmmy!)

Only variations from the linked recipe I tried were Lawry’s seasoning salt instead of paprika (I don’t even have paprika.  I never buy it.  I’m not really sure why.)  Also, I always use foil in my baking pans now…I have Giada DeLaurentis to thank for that tip….makes clean up sooooooo much easier. But make sure you spray the foil with some non-stick spray before you put the potatoes on or you will have a super stuck-on mess.  Learned that the hard way.  Also, the part of the instructions about turning the potatoes for the last 10 minutes….uber important!  Makes them perfectly crispy delicious!

So…this week when you are planning “date night”….keep the “dining in” option in mind along with these yummy Parmesan Roasted Potatoes!

DISCLAIMER:  This post is not to suggest you never go out on dates!  Date Night is definitely still alive and well…..just ask Steve Carell and Tina Fey. :-)   hahaha.

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • When moderated feel free to delete the double post. I was just trying it again to see if it would go through since none of the other comments I’ve made said they were awaiting moderation. Thought maybe it was a fluke.

    • No worries Landon. Wordpress automatically holds a comment for moderation if there are two or more links in it. You know how it is….darn spammers. :-) Thanks for that recipe Looks delicious!!!

  • After spending some time with Mr. Google I finally found it reposted on this blog — http://cookingcacophony.wordpress.com/2011/09/

    Parmesan roasted potatoes

    via http://megkat.com/2010/05/parmesan-roasted-potatoes.html
    (Serves 2-3)
    3-4 medium red potatoes, cut into small wedges (I used small yukon gold potatoes.)
    3 TBS olive oil
    1/3 C parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
    1 tsp paprika
    sea salt to taste

    Preheat the oven to 425 F. Wash and dry the potatoes then cut each potato in half length wise, then cut each half into 4 or 5 wedges measuring an inch or less.

    In a small bowl, combine the parmesan, garlic salt, and paprika and set aside. Next, toss the potatoes and oil together in a mixing bowl then add the bowl of cheese and seasonings and stir to coat. Dump onto a cookie sheet and arrange in a single layer.
    Bake for about 25 minutes then remove from oven and turn over all the potatoes. Put them back in the oven for another 10 or 15 minutes until they’re sufficiently crispy and divine.

    The smaller you cut these, the crispier they will be!

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