Anniversary Dinner Menu

Last Sunday, October 3, Eric and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  It’s hard to believe that our wedding was already a year ago- the year went by so fast!  We stayed in town for the weekend, but made it a point to pretend like we were on vacation, and do activities we don’t normally do, so that it would feel more like a celebration.  On Friday we visited San Francisco and had a delicious lunch at the Wayfare Tavern.  I ordered the halibut, and it was served on top of a tomato-artichoke puree- it was so good!  I also had a yummy glass of sauvignon blanc with lunch, since we were celebrating.  I highly recommend this restaurant!  After lunch, we spent some time shopping around Union Square, and then went out to a local Italian restaurant for dinner.

On Sunday (our actual anniversary) we went out for brunch and then went to a local spa for a couples massage.  It was so relaxing!  We arrived at the spa early and spent some time reading magazines in the relaxation room.  It definitely felt like we were on vacation!  After that, we came home and spent the evening cooking dinner together.  It was a fun way to spend the evening, and it was nice to be at home, where we could cook and eat at our own pace.  I planned the menu in advance, and I wanted it to be more special than an ordinary dinner, yet still easy enough to prepare in a couple hours.

Here is a copy of the menu:

It was a lot of food, but we kept the portions small, and each dish was fairly simple to prepare.  It was fun to make a multi-course dinner at home – it felt like we were at a nice restaurant!   And to save time, we ordered a cake from our wedding cake baker, so I didn’t have to make dessert.  Originally we had planned on just eating year-old cake (we saved the top tier of the cake from our wedding), but decided a fresh cake would taste better.  We also shared a bottle of champagne that we had saved from a recent trip to Napa, and used our pretty toasting flutes (a wedding gift from my sister, Lisa).  It was the perfect way to spend our first anniversary! :)  (Oh, and I am planning to post the recipes for the squash soup, salad, and roasted potatoes sometime soon- they were delicious!  The mushrooms were just okay so I probably won’t make them again.  And for the filet, Eric just used a standard steak rub and cooked them partially in the oven and then finished cooking them on the cast-iron grill pan – super easy & yummy!) Enjoy!


Eric brought me beautiful white roses!



Winter Squash Soup



Arugula Salad



Filet Mignon



Pan roasted red potatoes with rosemary



Wedding Cake – The pretty cake stand was an anniversary gift from my parents. I love it!



Meyer lemon mousse, lemon curd, and ollalieberry filling


And just for fun, here are a few photos from our wedding…


The centerpieces






Honeymoon in Hawaii



The gorgeous view from our hotel room



2 Responses to “Anniversary Dinner Menu”

  1. 1 Anne October 8, 2010 at 5:25 AM

    Happy Anniversary! I loved the photos!!


  1. 1 Winter Squash Soup « Cooking with Karen Trackback on October 8, 2010 at 9:52 AM

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