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My husband and I made a date to have a date, one quiet night leading up to the weekend – nothing grand – simply cooking dinner together and spending the evening curled up on the couch side by side.

leaving Happy Hour to meet my Husband for our date

leaving Happy Hour to meet my Husband for our date

It was following a fabulous happy hour with gorgeous friends, which, although extremely brief, was too much of a good opportunity to pass up – catching up, wrapped in heavy blankets in front of a blazing fire.


tomatoes with blue cheese


1 head lettuce

2 tomatoes, sliced

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

1 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons


3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons sugar

1 small garlic clove, crushed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Arrange the lettuce on a large platter. Distribute the tomato slices, blue cheese and basil attractively over the lettuce.

MAKE THE DRESSING: Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl, combine with a whisk. Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving.


Recipe adapted from Paula Deen