#ValentinesDay

#ValentinesDay

 #WakeAndBakeCo

Air Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Episode: 014 #ValentinesDay

Menu: Shrimp Scampi, Caprese Salad, Stuffed Sourdough Bread

Cocktail: Strawberry Champagne Punch

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so this episode of #WakeAndBakeCo. was dedicated to trying something different this lover’s day; staying in! A romantic night in can make your Valentine’s Day super epic because you are in control of the menu, the activities, and everything in between. If you want to surprise your better half or your bestie this year #WakeAndBakeCo has the menu to set the tone for your romantic night in!

Tips: Set your ambiance with candles, fresh flowers, rose petals, and dim lighting; make an epic playlist and have a few of your favorite movies nearby. If you really want to up the romance, try cooking their dinner in sexy red lingerie and wear a light trace of your favorite fragrance….and don’t forget the stilettos. If you’re a man, cook their dinner wearing a dapper suit or a nice new pair of boxers with your shirt off; not up for those? Wear what they love you in most, after all this is a lovers holiday.

Movie Night In: If you opt for a movie night after dinner make sure you have all of your favorite movie theater food and some yummy popcorn. Skip the couch and make a comfortable plush pallet on the floor.

Music for two: After dinner, take a romantic bubble bath together with the works! Bath bombs, candles, champagne, and your favorite playlist. After your bubble bath or hot tub adventure make sure to oil up.

Game Night: You’re a savage, you ain’t romantic? Skip everything in this post and get your cozy pj’s, make a pizza from scratch, and finish her! (Mortal Kombat…duh lol)

Single’s Awareness Day: Don’t be bitter, be better. Pamper yourself, simple as that! Get your single ladies together for a spa day, or spend the day at the spa solo. You can even create your own spa day at home. Go shopping, get a mani/pedi, have a night out on the town or cook yourself a delicious dinner and dessert. Most importantly enjoy yourself and love your own company.

Now back to the star of this show…the food!

Shrimp Scampi – Red Lobster ain’t got nothing on this!

Here’s Whatcha Need:

*1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

*Kosher salt

*Ground black pepper

*3-4 tablespoon olive oil

*4 cloves garlic, finely diced or minced

*1 ½ cups white wine (I used a white Moscato)

*3 tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice

*3 tsp. dried basil

*3 tsp. dried oregano

*¼ tsp. dried rosemary

*2 tsp. dried thyme

*½ cup unsalted butter, (1 stick)

*3 tbs. chopped fresh Italian parsley

*¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan (more for garnish)

*Noodles (thin spaghetti, fettuccine, or linguine)

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Boil your noodles.

2.) Heat about 1 tbs. of Olive Oil in a skillet and cook your shrimp. Once your shrimp is an even pink color it is fully cooked. Take off heat and set aside.

3.) In a large skillet heat about 2-3 tbs. of Olive Oil and add in your diced/minced garlic. Once the garlic is a soft, translucent color, add in your wine, lemon juice, and seasonings.

4.) Let this cook on a medium heat until it starts to bubble slightly. Add in your butter, stirring occasionally.

5.) Once butter is completely melted add in your cooked shrimp and grated Parmesan.

6.) Let sauce and shrimp cook on a medium low heat for 10 minutes.

7.) Place a sauce and shrimp contents in strainer inside of a large bowl and strain shrimp. Set shrimp aside and place cooked noodles in the large bowl with the sauce and lather the noodles generously. Serve on a plate and top sauced noodles with shrimp. Sprinkle a little Parmesan and parsley leaves for garnish. Enjoy!

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Stuffed Sourdough Bread:

Here’s Whatcha Need:

*Sourdough round

*7-8 garlic cloves, finely diced/minced

*½ cup finely chopped parsley

*3 tbs. olive oil

*1 tsp. kosher salt

*1 ½ cup grated Parmesan

*1 tbs. Garlic Powder

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Preheat Oven to 425

2.) Make ½ – 1-inch vertical slits in your sourdough round, don’t cut all the way to the bottom because you will use the slits as pockets to stuff your bread.

3.) Mix contents in mixing bowl and use a spoon to stuff the slits in your bread.

4.) Tightly wrap bread in foil and place on a baking pan or dish.

You can add other cheeses and butter to taste if you like.

5.) Bake in oven on 425 for 20 – 25 minutes.

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Caprese Salad:

Here’s Whatcha Need:

*Block of Mozzarella Cheese

*Fresh vine tomatoes

*Fresh Basil leaves

*Balsamic Vinegar

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Slice tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese; I used a heart shaped cookie cuter to shape my cheese for Valentine’s Day.

2.) Place a basil leaf on a serving tray, then a slice of your mozzarella cheese, the tomato, and repeat this pattern to the end of the tray. Repeat in the next row.

3.) Place tray in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Once you are ready to serve the Caprese salad, drizzle a generous amount of the Balsamic Vinegar.

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Strawberry Champagne Punch:

Here’s Whatcha Need:

* ½ cup frozen strawberries

* ½ cup sprite

* 2 cups Pink Moscato Champagne

* ¼ cup simple syrup (optional)

* Sugar, mint leaf, & fresh strawberry, for garnish. (Optional)

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) In a blender, blend frozen strawberries, sprite, Champagne, and simple syrup.

2.) Dip your champagne flute in water and roll in sugar to garnish.

3.) Pour blended content into glass, add a fresh strawberry and mint leaf for garnish.

Enjoy!

Now you’re all set! You have your main course, your appetizer, your side, and your cocktail. Now dessert can either be you or you can click here for a yummy dessert recipe…or you can #doboth.

Xoxo,

#WakeAndBakeCo.

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