Well…It’s hard to believe but July 1st was our 20th wedding anniversary. Time really does go quickly.
We had a relaxing day watching the FIFA World Cup and biting our nails with the USA game. Bummer that they didn’t pull off a win.
In the last few minutes of the game there was a knock at our front door. It was Danny, our favorite chef, from Bella Pasta, here to cook us dinner for our anniversary!
David had arranged the whole thing. My favorite dish of Chicken Parmigiana over pasta.
What a shock!
Then he gets out our very expensive, last bottle of 1995 Chateau Mouton Rothschild that we’ve been saving for a special occasion.
Well, 20 years happily married is a special occasion.
So he pops the cork and we cross our fingers that it hasn’t gone bad. Thankfully it had not.
It was really good.
So Danny got to work cooking our Chicken Parmigiana. Being a professional chef, he is used to cooking on a gas stove. He knew we had an induction cooktop and he was curious as to how it would compare. (Side note…we installed a Fagor IFA30AL Induction cooktop in place of the standard one that comes with the coach.)
Well, he loved it. He was surprised at how evenly the cooktop heated everything. He didn’t have to turn the pan to get even heat as he would have with a gas range.
One of the things we were worried about was grease getting splattered every where. Well, with the induction cooktop you are able to control exactly where you want your temperature. So he was able to heat the oil in the pan without splatter.
Dinner turned out wonderfully. Danny is a great chef and the kitchen in the Tiffin 45LP Allegro Bus with it’s accommodations worked well for him. The coach galley was chef approved!
So Thank You Danny for making our night extra special!
After dinner we took our golf cart (we borrowed one from the park) and drove around the rv park. It was a nice evening and the humidity finally broke.
Once we were back in the coach we finished the night by watching the latest Peter Gabriel concert, Back To Front, that just came out on Blu-ray. Great concert by the way.
All in all it was a great day of relaxation, a wonderfully delicious surprise dinner and a concert.
I can honestly say that I truly have a wonderfully sneaky husband.
I’m just glad that he uses his sneakiness for good and not evil.
Awwww how touching and romantic! You guys are so very perfect for each other! I am proud of and happy for, you both!
I am wondering how a 2 burner stove works out for 2 people?? Any comments would be great, thanks. I am thinking one to boil the water for the pasta, one for the heating of the sauce; and where does the chicken go? Happy Anniversary!!!
Chicken was cooked first and then went into the over to bake with the cheese. While that was taking place the sauce was heated and so was the pasta. Two burners are enough for us. Never had an issue. We also however do have a third one we could plugin if needed.
I believe that is not the first time your husband has been sneaky. It’s always in the spirit of love and fun. I loved that we were once the sneaky surprise.
Agreed. It is nice to know that after 20 years he still can surprise me :)
Glad to see you hazing a good time. I love induction cooking . I use 2 Nu Wave cooktops and love them .
Why wouldn’t you expect something sneaky out of David, it’s his middle name.
I agree with you on the induction cook top. We have a portable one that we’ve been cooking with for years. Hated our propane stove top in our other coach, therefore never used it. The induction has been wonderful. We were so excited to see Tiffin putting in induction in their coaches. Having two burners is a nice change for us. No more rotating between pans to cook something.
What a great way to spend your anniversary! I also have an induction cooktop but have not used it yet. I was wondering what brand of pans do you use? I have been researching but am confused as which ones to buy and they are so expensive!!
Hi…We use T-Fal pots and pans. Here is a link for you to Amazon on the set we use. $115 on Amazon…. http://www.amazon.com/T-fal-Stainless-Copper-Bottom-Multi-Layer-Dishwasher/dp/B001KS6N7U/?tag=af037-20&linkCode=w10&linkId=
That was a wonderful surprise! Happy Anniversary! We have three more years to reach our 20th. I am saving for a trip to Hawaii….then we will have visited all 50 states! If only they would build that darn bridge….we could take the Phaeton!
I must say though….two burners are not enough for me! Given the choice, I would have a full-size gas cooktop in my coach! And I would easily trade the microwave for a large oven.
Ahh…Hawaii will be lovely. We haven’t quite gotten to as many states as you but we are working on it.
Our last coach had a propane stove and I never used it. Hated it. I have a portable induction cooktop that I had used for years. So having two burners is a nice change for me. Now I can cook pasta and sauce at the same time!
That’s a wonderfully creative dinner! We love to cook and I’ve been eyeing those induction tops since you first told us about them….
You’ll love an induction cooktop. After all…it’s chef approved. Just my opinion though :)
Congratulations guys. It’s wonderful that your marriage is so loving and close. Being full-timers being loving and able to be around one another constantly is a must. May the Lord bless you with innumerably more happy, loving years.
Aww…Thanks Jim and Irene. Hope your travels are going well.
Ahhh David can be such a sweetie sometimes. What a nice surprise to arrange. Did Danny open his new restaurant yet?