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Spinach, Bacon, Goat Cheese Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

I made Charles a special Valentines Day dinner based on his favorite foods: cheese and bacon. Let’s face it, women think that flowers and chocolate are romantic and men want bacon.Goat Cheese Stuffed Portabella Mushroom RecipeHeart shaped garnishes. The heart shaped bacon was so good – the trick is to bake it in the oven. I was also wearing a heart sweater. I was very festive.

Stuffed Portabella Mushroom RecipeThe appetizer, a portabella mushroom stuffed with bacon, goat cheese and spinach. I know this doesn’t look like much but it was incredibly good. The spinach was cooked in bacon fat, and there are crisp pieces of bacon in the filling. I am not one of those people who goes nuts over bacon, but this was really good.

Cheese Stuffed Portabella Mushroom RecipeThese mushrooms are very easy to make. Chop up 2 slices of bacon, and place in a pan over medium low heat. Render the fat from the bacon and let the bacon crisp up just a bit. Then add 1 pound of spinach. Toss around in the pan letting it soak up the bacon fat. Once the bacon is wilted and cooked, add 2 ounces of goat cheese and let it melt. Stir together. Spoon the filling into 2 portabella mushrooms. Then place the mushrooms filling side down in Italian breadcrumbs (use a spatula to flip back over so the filling doesn’t fall out). Sprinkle a little Parmesan on top, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The prep time is only about 5-10 minutes, and this would be a great side dish for steaks.

Heart Shaped BaconTomato soup with a bacon heart and a crisp cheddar cheese heart for garnish.

sugar blissCharles gave me Sugar Bliss cupcakes! He said he had to wait in a very long line to get them.

valentines mailboxCharles’s shark mailbox on a pile of gummies and stuffed full of valentines. One of the valentines even said that I love him more than tacos. Charles thought it was very touching; he knows how much I love tacos.

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