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Happy Valentine’s Day

Published on February 14, 2013 | Holiday

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!

As we always celebrate Valentine’s Day with a dinner with our son the night before the actual celebratory night, last night I decided to add a drink to the mix.  Having  fresh mangoes I had fun creating my version of a Mango Martini. Pretty smooth and tasty. If you want to serve something different for any occassions, here are some examples of cocktails and drinks with unusual ingredients.

As I was creating something new for us, I also wanted to prepare a recipe that has been in my file folder for over 22 years and that I do not remember the last time I actually made it: Spinach salad with warm bacon and mustard dressing.
Dinner was quite simple and we had a great pre Valentine’s Day celebration.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Tonight’s February 13, 2013 dinner:
Mango Martini

Seared New York Steak
Potatoes with butter
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Mustard Dressing


45 ml Grey Goose Vodka

15 ml Triple Sec
10 oz Fresh Mangos (or frozen thaw them before using)
Mix the Vodka with Triple Sec in a martini shaker or container.
Puree the mangos and add them to the Vodka and Triple sec. Let them infuse together in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Add crushed ice to the Vodka Mango mixture, shake well and stir into cold glasses.
If less pulp is desired, add cranberry juice to the mix and strain when ready to enjoy it.


Spinach, washed and hard stem removed
Bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 teaspoon Olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
In a small frying pan fry the bacon until crisp. Meanwhile wash the spinach and set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the mustard, pepper and the olive oil. When the bacon is done add half the bacon to the mix and most of the bacon rendering.
Add the salad and mix well, taste and add salt if need be.
Add the remaining bacon to the salad and serve.
The salad leaves need to be well coated. Add more mustard if need to

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