We’re spending all of January celebrating our anniversary. Marriage is hard and oh so good. We’re trying to create some fun traditions and special memories and spend time together. Not just time spent staring at the same TV screen, but time in community and building our connection. On January 1, I made a special dinner for Mr. S. And on January 13, he made a special dinner for me.
We began the meal with a delightful appetizer. Based on this recipe, it was toast, with mustard, prosciutto, a chunk of creamy gouda and a slice of a green apple. (I think if Gruyere and Cheddar got married and had a baby, it would be the joy that is Gouda.) Carmelized red onions soaked in apple cider vinegar were sprinkled on top.
For our main dish, Mr. S. made wonderful chicken and dumplings. Perfect for winter, it was warm and savory and everything chicken and dumplings ought to be. That big stock pot has certainly gotten its exercise this season. We ate chicken and dumplings for the next few nights . . . a gift, really.
Our dessert: gooey butter cake. Perfectly titled, it’s gooey and buttery and sugar-laden. It is fantastic alongside a mug of coffee. I really can’t get over it.
The food was delicious, and Mr. S. created quite the menu. But really, it was bigger than the food. It was about celebrating. We struggle and we work and we celebrate in the middle of it all.