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Valentine's Day Dinner

Elizabeth and I have been dating for eleven months, which is definately worth celebrating (especially since it was Valentine's Day yesterday). We had originally planned for a weekend in Palm Springs, but I couldn't get a hotel reservation anywhere. We decided to make dinner together instead.

Weekend planning is hampered by the fact that I have MBA classes on Saturday morning. This week, I had a takehome midterm in Finance, so it was theoretically possible to go somewhere (as long as the hotel had internet access). Unfortunately, many hotels were booked (or "fully committed" as one clerk said) due to Valentines Day and the long weekend. Ah well.

I made baked salmon with cilantro sauce and a spinach orzo sidedish. Elizabeth made cucumber salad and a tasty chocolate cake (not box mix!). It took some time to put together, but it was fun, the ingredients were fresh, and the result was delicious. An excellent side-benefit was that we did not have to contend with the crowds of Los Angeles.

Cucumber salad, in progress.
The orzo side-dish. It had carrots, garlic, and spinach in addition to the pasta. We found the recipe in the cookbook that my parents gave me for Christmas (Betty Crocker's Quick and Easy Cookbook).
Me, preparing the topping for the salmon dish. (This was also a recipe in the cookbook.)
Elizabeth, displaying all of our hard work.



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This looks like a delicious and healthy meal.

...I presume you had a delightful Chardonnay or perhaps a snappy Pinot Grigio? I'd prefer tuna to salmon but, as they say, "de gustibus non est disputandum". These seems a key detail of the menu which is missing from the review. On a very different note, I presume you can now calculate NPVs in your sleep, eh Jeff?

As someone (Aristophanes? Plato?) said: "Quickly bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may whet my mind and say something clever." As it turns out, we didn't have a bottle, but we still had enough wit to discuss clever things.

NPV, discounted cash flows, asset valuation, bonds... It is amazing how much one can build from a single concept (e.g. time value of money).

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