Eat & Listen: Lady Antebellum

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When I listen to Lady Antebellum’s newest release, Golden, I think of a fancy date night. Not that I’ve been on one of those lately, but the songs are so classy and romantic, I’ve decided to create these recipes based on a dinner I might cook for someone that I loved. It’s Italian fare, and don’t be afraid to add some freshly baked bread or anything else to give this meal a nice finishing touch, and playing this album on vinyl while you cook and eat might send it over the top. Trust. Okay, here we go.

Golden Sangria

“Precious as a prayer flying up in the air while the rain is falling…”

Ingredients: (makes one big batch) 

1 liter of white table wine

1 pint of rum/vodka if you want it less sweet

fresh pears, apples, limes, sliced thinly

1 cup cinnamon simple syrup

1 cup ginger ale

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except for the ginger ale in a large pitcher or dispenser. Set in refrigerator for a couple of hours, and then when you’re ready to serve, top with ginger ale. Make sure to get some fruit slices in your glass. Enjoy.

Downtown Dinner Salad

“I don’t know why you don’t take me downtown…” 

Ingredients: 

1 cup salad greens

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/3 cup crumbed blue cheese

drizzle of olive oil & balsamic vinaigrette

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients and toss. Finish with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette and fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt. Serve before dinner.

First Time Easy Basil Lasagna

“Ain’t nothin’ like the first smile…”

Ingredients: 

1 bag frozen cheese tortellini

1 can marinara sauce

fresh shredded mozzarella

1 lb of browned Italian sausage

leaves of fresh basil

Directions:

This is a super simple version of lasagna that looks and tastes really fancy. Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Brown the Italian sausage and set aside. In a casserole dish, spread marinara on the bottom. Add a layer of frozen tortellini, and top with sausage, ripped basil and shredded mozzarella cheese. Rinse and repeat 3 times, until filled to the top. Stick in the oven, covered, for an hour. Check the lasagna sporadically. Remove from oven when finished cooking and let sit, covered, for about 30 minutes. Serve hot and with fresh garlic bread.

So now you have a romantic dinner for two (and leftovers). Let us know how it went in the comments below!

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