Earlier today, I shared this:



Mr. How Sweet decided he wanted to cook dinner tonight, which happens once in a blue moon. I really didn’t think it was going to happen, especially after getting these texts.



After a few emails back and forth regarding ingredients and recipes, he was getting nervous. He wrote:



He finally chose a few recipes, and in order to make things easier for him, I set out what I knew he would need.

Including Advil.


I even left a little tip sheet.

The recipes he was planning on making called for bacon, and I figured it would be easiest (and less tantrum-inducing) if he just microwaved it.


So imagine my surprise when I walked in the door this evening and not only did the scent of fried bacon waft through the house, but Mr. How Sweet was calmly standing over a stove full of pots and pans.

The meal he made was INCREDIBLE.
I’m talking restaurant quality. One of the best meals that I’d had in a long time. And it was fun!


He made 2 Rachael Ray recipes: spicy buffalo chicken sandwiches and mashed potato skins.

[our favorite whole grain loaves from Delallos!]

[fabulous blue cheese spread with scallions]

These mashed potatoes were literally mouth-watering. The minute I walked in the door I grabbed a spoon and started eating them from the pot. I probably consumed half of a cup before dinner. I know… I’m such a lady. And he even pan-fried the chicken in the bacon grease. I’ve taught him well.


For dessert, Mr. How Sweet had picked up some Market District gelato.

We adore this stuff. It is like cool chocolate mousse!


Not only did Mr. How Sweet make this entire meal completely flip-out free, he did the dishes too! What a guy. This only means one thing…


…steak for dinner every night next week.

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62 Responses to “Dinner is Served.”

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    Camille — December 11, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    What a total win!
    A certain boyfriend of mine, whose name I wont use since he is sitting right next to me, wont even try to make dinner. Not even with the help of Advil.

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 2:51 am

      Never say never. This is really the first time (okay, second) that he has ever cooked in 4 years.

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    Gillian — December 11, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    Now that’s a meal! He’s a winner!!! J rarely cooks for me, but when he does he goes all out- several recipes on hand- and I ADORE it!

    I also will dip my spoon into everything before dinner. That’s what a real lady does. Quality control.

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — December 11, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    Oh, I was going to say that means the OTHER thing… but maybe I’m just sick.

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 2:51 am

      Hey now! This is a family friendly blog. :)

      Hehehehe. Kidding.

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    • Mr. How Sweet — December 11th, 2010 @ 3:20 am

      Mr. How Sweet likes where Chelsey’s head is.

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    Evan — December 11, 2010 @ 2:48 am

    He did GREAT. I’m glad his bacon experience was worry free.

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    Red Deception — December 11, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    What a nice gesture! Next he has to conquer dessert :)

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    Ami @ beyondpeasandcarrots — December 11, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    I take it back… my husband and your husband definitely could not be twins. My husband doesn’t even know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Sad, but true.

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    Kristina @ spabettie — December 11, 2010 @ 2:51 am

    YUM… very impressive, it all looks and sounds fabulous !

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    libby — December 11, 2010 @ 2:51 am

    what a sweet husband! looks and sounds wonderful! OH, and by the way we ate the honey crispy chicken and it was wonderful! we really enjoyed it. Even my 2 year old ate almost all of it. Yay! thank you so much!

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 2:56 am

      So glad you guys all enjoyed it!

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    Andrea — December 11, 2010 @ 2:58 am

    Wow! Sounds like brownie points for you, Mr. How Sweet!

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    Rebekah — December 11, 2010 @ 3:01 am

    Flip-out free! I love it! It looks so yummy it made my mouth water. That bread looks amazing!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 11, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    way to go mr how sweet…you rockstar you :)

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    Krystina (Basil & Wine) — December 11, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    Oh God, I want that gelato now.

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    Cara — December 11, 2010 @ 3:09 am

    What a guy!
    I’m sure you knew he would pull through in the end ;)
    His recipe selection was great.

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    WenDee Riffe — December 11, 2010 @ 3:11 am

    wow~~jessica!!! you are one lucky gal!!! wooohooo!!!!

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    VeggieGirl — December 11, 2010 @ 3:11 am

    SUCCESS!!!!!

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    Tiffany @ Conor & Bella — December 11, 2010 @ 3:18 am

    My husband always cooks and I am the opposite! I do most of the baking though, so that must count for something…
    I do have plans to make dinner one night next week. I’m pretty excited about it!

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    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons — December 11, 2010 @ 3:21 am

    awwwww =) he’s making up for that nascar stocking more and more =) teehee!

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 3:23 am

      I know. It’s times like these when I think… man, I should just let him keep all that crap.

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    megan — December 11, 2010 @ 4:02 am

    how sweet! I might encourage my husband to read this post… :)

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) — December 11, 2010 @ 4:03 am

    The gelato looks AMAZING. And what a dinner whipped up by Mr. How Sweet. Surely this is worth the pleather NASCAR stocking and decorative turkey.

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    Torrie @ a place to share... — December 11, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    It sounds absolutely perfect!

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    Alaina — December 11, 2010 @ 4:38 am

    Umm, can he come and teach my husband? I mean, my hubby’s a great cook but he doesn’t really experiment with new dishes. He plays it very safe. It’s delicious, but predictable. This dish looks amazing!

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — December 11, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    Aw, I just fell in love with him. So when is he guest blogging?!

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    Wei-Wei — December 11, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    WIN. COMPLETE WIN.

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    Liana @ femme fraiche — December 11, 2010 @ 11:39 am

    You guys must be the world’s cutest couple. How sweet! (literally and figuratively)

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    Lauren — December 11, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    I’m thinking of “accidentally” leaving this page open for my husband to stumble upon for inspiration ;). Great meal, Mr. How Sweet!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 11, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    so impressive! i love when my husband cooks for me, such a treat:-)

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    MelissaNibbles — December 11, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    Oh my goodness! He underestimates himself.

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    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl — December 11, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    I’m impressed! Seeing all of those things going on the stove at one time…I would most definitely get distracted and ruin AT LEAST one of ‘em! …and the dishes too?! That is by far better than flowers in my book! ;)

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    Miriam — December 11, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

    I’m impressed, and hungry already! It all looks delicious, and like a lot of fun. I love fun meals like this. Great work Mr. How Sweet!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss — December 11, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    It all came together so perfectly! How sweet of you to help him out a bit :) He’s quite the cook! He just has to realize it.

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    Jess@atasteofconfidence — December 11, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    That looks amazing! You are a lucky girl!

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    Chrissy — December 11, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    My guy graduated from culinary school, and he really can’t cook at all.

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    Deanna (PRetty in Pittsburgh) — December 11, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    WOW! That looks so good. Shout out to Market District & Delallo’s!!

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    Lollie — December 11, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    What a lucky lady! Can we get the recipe for the potatoes? They look delicious. I sense a new blog page on the horizon penned by Mr. How Sweet.

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

      It’s linked above! It’s a Rachael Ray recipe.

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      • Lollie — December 11th, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

        Perfect! Thank you, Jessica.

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    Bianca @ south bay rants n raves — December 11, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    I LOVE that you set out the advil for him! That dinner looks scrumptious. Bravo to Mr How Sweet. My husband will only cook things w/ the crock pot!! I’m telling you right now you’re making it REALLY hard for me to narrow down the dishes I’m going to make for my holiday party next week!

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    Stephanie — December 11, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    Wow impressive Mr. HS!!!! :)

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    vanillasugarblog — December 11, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

    hey now! that came out great. he should teach lessons to other men…so serious.

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    Erika @ FoodFitnessFun — December 11, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    Score!
    I’m impressed! :-D

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    Amanda — December 12, 2010 @ 1:34 am

    De. Lish.

    I love your blog! Such a fun read, and both of those recipes look AWESOME. Will be making them soon. :)

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    Heather — December 12, 2010 @ 3:28 am

    Wow! What an awesome meal! My sister loves to make those chicken sandwiches!

    I’m so shocked! Cooked…AND did the dishes?! :-O

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    caroline — December 12, 2010 @ 4:11 am

    Isn’t it great having someone else do the cooking once in a while?! It looks great! A market district just opened near me and I’m in love with their gelato too!

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    janetha — December 12, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    awe. your mister did a great job!

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    Low — December 12, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    That looks amazing! Go Mr. How Sweet!

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    Carol A. — December 13, 2010 @ 3:15 am

    What a sweetheart Mr. How Sweet is…. He did a great job, didn’t he?
    Impressive… tell him we all said that!!

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    Kat — December 13, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    WOW That is impressive. I’m speachless.

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    Cheryl — December 13, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    what a great husband!! he should guest blog soon;)

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    RhodeyGirl — December 13, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    What a sweetie pie!!!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 15, 2010 @ 1:29 am

    Love it! I need to get my hubby to hang out w/ Mr. How Sweet for a little while to get a few tips.

    PS – I love how you left a note with tips. I have done that in the past and gotten a lot of grief for it. :)

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    Sherahl Weadon — December 16, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

    Definitely going to try the potato recipe – they look absolutely yummy! I would love to try the homemade blue cheese dressing. Is there a recipe on your site?

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    • Jessica — December 17th, 2010 @ 4:47 am

      It is in the buffalo chicken recipe by Rachael Ray that is linked above. :)

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