Date Night Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

14 Aug

BFKef and I love a date night–sometimes we’re fancy and try one of the 15,524 new restaurants on 14th street, other times we go to an event around DC, and every now and again we get really wild and see a movie (usually when there’s a new Marvel movie out). All that is fun, but my favorites are the date nights we have at home–on those nights, I make a nicer-than-usual dinner, pop open a bottle of wine, and try to make a little tablescape out of the ottoman that doubles as our table. Last night, it looked like this:

20140811_203608Not the best picture, but you get the point.

So what differentiates a Date Night from another night out with your beloved? Here’s what it is for me:

1- I wear clothes that don’t lead others to believe I’m a camp counselor. In addition to dressing up, I even wear make up, which makes BFKef even happier than finding out that yoga pants are not, in fact, the outermost layer of my dermis. I get a kick out of dressing up “for” BFKef– reminds me of the days when we first started dating when AKAKef and I would go through every outfit (and I use that phrase loosely) in my closet before I met up with him for a date, and reminds BFKEf that I still got it 🙂 .

2- I drink alcohol. Between working 12-hour shifts that start at 7am and training through DC’s hot summer, I usually get up between 5 and 6 am–not really a lot of wiggle room for an alcohol-induced snooze button. BFKef loves an adult beverage and it makes him happy when I imbibe too, so I make a point of getting drinks with dinner to prove it’s an official Date Night. This usually elicits a manly “woooo!” from BFKef.

3- I don’t invite other people…unless they’re on designated Date Night, too. Need I say more? It’s not fun getting all dolled up if the people you invite show up in sweats.

This week’s date night was at home, and I made a delicious and blessedly easy chicken and brussels sprout dish. BFKef gave it rave reviews and was pleased as punch–date night always seems to go better when I give that man some meat! #NoMoreVegDateNights

Do you do date night? What do you do? Have special “rules” to differentiate date night from other nights?


Easy Date Night Chicken and Brussels Sprouts



  • 2 chicken thighs (I used boneless and skinless)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • cumin, to taste
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 lb brussels sprouts, halved.



1. Preheat oven to 350F. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium pan. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. I used mostly pepper and very little cumin.

2. Place chicken thighs in pan and sear for 5-10 min, until very crispy.

3. Flip chicken. Transfer pan to oven. Bake for 15 min.

4. Toss brussels sprouts with salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste. Add to pan (REMEMBER THAT PAN WILL BE VERY HOT) and return to oven. Bake for another 15 minutes. Chicken will be very crispy and smell delicious!


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