Confession. Mr. Lovely and I have been eating dinners on the couch. You know, when we were living in NYC I would have given my pinkie fingers to have a dining table. And now we do, and the habit is so ingrained in us that we just migrate to the couch with our dinner plates. Sheesh. It’s got to stop.
So we decided to try to treat dinners like an occasion. Even if it’s the middle of the week, or we’re tired, or whatever. And we documented our first attempt for you here. I set the table with all of my fun DIY napkins and glasses and business, and Mr. Lovely got down to cooking us a quick, delicious meal. Campbell’s has these new super-simple simmer and slow cooker sauces, so we thought we’d try one out! We grabbed the chicken marsala and he went to town.
Literally, about 15 minutes after we got the first pan out of the cabinet to start cooking, we were sitting down to dinner. Cooking, table setting, the whole bit. Mr. Lovely just steamed up some green beans, heated some rice, and fixed up the chicken marsala to top it all off. The simmer sauce was crazy easy — just brown the chicken, toss the sauce in, and let it do its thing. We topped it with a few fresh mushrooms just to be fancy. And we sat down at the table just as we were — no makeup, no changing outfits (even though we were taking photos), just us having a regular old dinner.
And you know what? It was delicious and easy and it felt so good to sit down at a table to a hot meal like real people! When’s the last time you set the table for dinner like it was a special occasion? Is it something you do every day? I feel like in my head cooking a meal is so hard to get done, especially if you’re busy or tired, let alone make the meal beautiful and special. But with fast recipes like this one, it’s always less tough than I think it’s going to be.
So what’s the verdict? Are you couch eaters or table eaters? And how much time do you like to spend making dinner every day? xoxo
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