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No self-respecting hound would go out to dinner tonight - what's on your home-cooked menu?

I like the idea of cooking together at home, notwithstanding today’s great article in the times


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  1. I'll be cooking dinner for my husband - pan seared filet mignon with a simple wine sauce, over a bed of arugula with herb roasted fingerling potatoes. Various filled chocolates (dark for me, milk for him) and Veuve Clicquot as desert. I don't think I'll be doing an appetizer - we could use cutting back on some calories :-) I'd rather waste them on the chocolate!

    Simple, not too filling and more important (for me) quick and easy to cook after a long day of working.

    What about you chowcito?

    Oh and BTW, I do all the cooking - he can't cook for his life :-)

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    1. re: sivyaleah

      Sounds great - I'm a sucker for a good filet (hot and fast!).

      Thinking about a pancetta wrapped branzino in the skillet - with some crispy brussel sprouts and walnuts (little sea salt, honey and crème fraiche on top)

      Will check out the local grocer to see what kind of oysters are in for an appetizer.

      For dessert we're suckers for bananas - so maybe a bananas foster?

      Still debating the wine options. . .

      1. re: chowcito

        That branzino sounds amazing. Wish my husband ate seafood :-(

        1. re: chowcito

          I already posted this in another thread but I'm still developing it...

          Herbed Chicken Saltimbocca w/ spinach, prosciutto & parmesan in a white wine lemon sauce
          Mesclun salad w/ pear & goat cheese & champagne vinaigrette
          Strawberries & chocolate zabaglione
          Marques de Gelida Cava: Brut 2001

          ...maybe a wild rice on the side, or basmati?

      2. Doing fondue.

        One white wine with peppercorns/garlic/bayleaf for the meats to cook in (steak and chicken tonight)

        One classic cheese with a champagne/lemon/garlic for the crunchy bread.

        Fabulous (christmas gift from brother) red wine to drink.

        Perfect in its simplicity and romance.

        Lucky us, we got a cold snap (nothing like up north, but it'll do) so we can light a fire as well.

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        1. re: amysuehere

          Our fireplace is in our (finished) basement - maybe we'll move our meal down there. Thanks for the idea :-)

        2. Well, that's a rather depressing article! I think I hate that man in the first story! :-)

          We're keeping it really simple tonight: I made mushroom pate (thanks Ruth Lafler) and a dried fig, cherry, and prune compote last night to go with crostini, assorted goat cheeses from British Columbia and whatever cheeses my husband decides he thinks he needs at Dean & Deluca today, salami, Late Harvest Reisling also from BC, and chocolate risotto pudding. We don't usually get too into V-day, but have been looking for an excuse to try our cheese and wine from our honeymoon!

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          1. re: Katie Nell

            We don't do V-day, but this menu makes me want to reconsider. Can you share the chocolate risotto pudding recipe?

            1. re: debbiel

              I actually posted it here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37067... I've never made it before, so we shall see tonight!

              1. re: Katie Nell

                Thanks Katie. That looks great. I'll try it this weekend.

          2. Cooking dinner for my girlfriend...steak au poivre, roasted asparagus, chocolate souffles; all easy, all delicious! Bottle of tempranillo for dinner and Yellow Label with dessert...anyone have any Barry White to loan me? (joking)

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            1. re: azhotdish

              I do... love Barry! Would you like a little Marvin Gaye on the side too?! ;-)

              1. re: azhotdish

                Here's a pic of the steak au poivre (used 6oz prime filet) and roasted asparagus. I was in too big of a rush to serve the amaretto-chocolate souffles to get a pic (too bad, they turned out great). Skipped the champagne and decided on a 04 Tobin James late harvest zin...what a great choice, it was delicious! I was very happy with the meal, and my girlfriend loved it.

              2. I usually cook but tonite I'm going to the gym post-work and I'll find out what's for dinner when I get home!

                1. The Valentine's Blizzard inspired menu :

                  Slow cooked pork roast with a sweet and spicy BBQ Sauce
                  Corn Bread
                  Creamy Mac And Cheese
                  Sugar Snap Peas with Clementine Segments
                  Key Lime Pie

                  To drink a John Anthony Syrah and a John Anthony Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc after dinner. Let it SNOW !

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                  1. re: TonyO

                    We are cooking together and doing marinated tiger prawns, then radicchio and pancetta risotto, then strawberries with balsamic vinegar. Drinking Marlborough Riesling and sparkling rose. Can't wait!

                    1. re: claireh

                      Do you have a recipe for that risotto? It sounds wonderful...

                    2. re: TonyO

                      God bless the south. Tony - sounds great.

                    3. Homemade pasta in some sort of cream sauce, I think. I have some shrimp in the freezer, so maybe I'll throw those in, too with some peas and bacon.

                      And red velvet cake for dessert. =)

                      That is, assuming we still have power by dinnertime.

                      1. Oh, I just realized I'm an alpha cook, reading that article. I think both my brother and I are alpha cooks, in fact. So, when we get together we go out to eat most of the time. I remember one time I made a lovely salad, which he proceeded to augment and re-dress once I'd tossed and served. Hmmm...

                        Tonight, it's all my doing--champagne, roast chicken and red velvet cake. I actually don't know the rest yet...


                        1. a little pate to start
                          pan-seared scallops
                          mashed potatoes with parmesan crust
                          sauteed spinach & escarole w/ garlic & lemon
                          for dessert, i'm being very lazy & heating up a pre-made chocolate souffle. if it's lousy, there's always port to fall back on.
                          all served romantically of necessity on the couch -- my BF has a broken ankle

                          1. heart shaped molten chocolate cake

                            I'm baking a cinnamon bread in a heart shaped cylindrical bread pan right now. I guess I should be a grown up and plan a main course. I'm not a heart shaped kind of person but I have these pans that I feel like I should use once in a while.

                            1. Y'all have got some great menus going. Since Mr. wonderful and I will be starting dinner after work, I'm thinking of opening with a Tuscan pecorino and olives, followed by a pasta with scallops and pancetta with a baby greens salad, and some dark chocolate for dessert. A bottle of champagne is already in the fridge but I have a Vernaccia di San Gimignano that may be drunk instead. Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

                              1. We were going to get a couple of lobsters and build a dinner around that, but with all the snow even the half mile to the store seems too far. So, chicken breasts stuffed with caramelized onions and a local parm type cheese (based on Eating Well recipe that showed up in my email today -- how fortuitous), polenta, cherry tomato and sunflower sprout salad, and an olive oil sponge cake with blood orange compote for dessert. Good thing the pantry was stocked!

                                1. Scallops and shrimp in a cream sauce over pasta, salad, and chocolates for dessert. But this post makes me want to make molten lava cake too. Thanks!

                                  1. By request Yuk Kae Jang, made the Korean beef broth yesterday to cut down on the prep time today.

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                                    1. re: tluu

                                      What flavoring elements do you add to make Korean-specific beef broth?

                                    2. An appetizer of apples w/melted rosemary brie (courtesy of Bon Appetit) and for dinner grilled flank steak, creamed spinach and roasted turnips. Hubby has plans on picking up a bottle of rose champagne on the way home so we'll wash it down with that.

                                      1. You folks all sound so creative and romantic! We are stuck at home in the snowstorm outside of Boston, so I'm going more for a comfort food type of thing after snowblowing the driveway later. Beef and bean chili with homemade tortilla chips, some red wine.

                                        1. For starters, broiled feta with plum tomato and mint served with homemade bread, then green salad and fettuccini in a cream sauce with smoked salmon and fresh broiled salmon. Dessert will be an old fashion brownie pudding cake with vanilla ice cream. Way too rich but it is Valentine's day!

                                          1. Red cabbage salad
                                            Roast pork tenderloin with chiptotle-honey glaze
                                            Roasted brussels sprouts with garlic, EVOO, and balsamic OR wilted rapini with EVOO and garlic
                                            Roasted fingerling potatoes with garlic and rosemary
                                            Strawberries and cream for dessert

                                            And whatever wine he brings home. I'm hoping shiraz, syrah, or malbec.

                                            We're cooking together, and I have been chanting all day "I *will* *not* be a kitchen nazi, I *will* *not* be a kitchen nazi, I *will* *not* be a kitchen nazi..." Because I am totally an Alpha cook.

                                            1. foie gras salad w/ raspberry vin, champaigne (france)
                                              seared scallops w/ smoked bacon and fatboy cream sauce
                                              roasted asparagus
                                              jager shots and pbr

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                                              1. re: chickenskin

                                                you know how to top off a meal right chickenskin...i was going to suggest maybe a late harvest zin and some chocolate for dessert, but sounds like you got it covered! nothing gives you that romantic rush like throwing back jager shots.

                                              2. That article in the Times was a fun read but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to be in some of those relationships.

                                                We're dealing with bad weather here in NYC so we've had to simplify our meal somewhat but it will still be great (I think). We're doing skirt steak and roasted winter vegetables and possibly some lemon risotto, with tiramisu for dessert.

                                                1. You're all making me feel terribly guilty and unromantic. I've been gobsmacked by the worst cold EVER! I have completely lost my appetite (good for diet) and barely have the energy to reheat food in the microwave (bad for feeding family). Consequently, my family will be feasting on leftover chicken curry that I whipped up the other day - while I nurse another cup of hot tea. Woe to me. ;o)

                                                  Seriously....everybody's menus sound scrumptious and I plan to try more than a few when I'm back up and running.

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                                                  1. re: Mushroom

                                                    We are both sick too. I oddly enough have not lost my appetite or sense of smell or taste. Just no energy so it is fried chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered corn and peppers and I am just about to take the Orbit Cake from the new Scharffen Berger cookbook, Essense of Chocolate out of the oven and will let it chill on the porch. We'll have that in a few hours with a dab of whipped cream and a single malt Adelour 'a Bundah

                                                    1. re: Candy

                                                      Wow, if that's your "no energy" meal I'd love to see what you do when you're feeling well!

                                                      We're both trying to get over the flu, too. Ordinarily I would be at youth group tonight but I begged off. I got a package of cooked, cubed chicken breast out of the freezer and was going to mix it with something precooked & frozen, but at the last minute I decided I wanted something creamy & savory ("comfort food"), so I ended up making a pan of risotto and mixing the chicken in at the end, and made sauteed spinach to go with it.

                                                      We might go out for a big bloody steak or something this weekend, if we're healthy by then.

                                                      1. re: revsharkie

                                                        No no no, sorry, take out fried chicken from the grocery deli, mashed one potato with garlic, corn was noting and the chocolate Orbit had only 4 ingredients and next to no work. Orbit was worth all of 15 mins to prepeare though! No wtomorrow maybe I can just sleep!

                                                  2. I totally recognized myself in the alpha description....uh-oh!

                                                    Meal tonight...

                                                    Brie en croute with hot pepper jelly and baguette
                                                    French onion soup
                                                    Steamed king crab legs with garlic butter and spinach salad
                                                    nigella's chocohotopots (they were SO easy to make....hopefully they are yummy).

                                                    Kir for me, martinis for him, and a couple of bottles of red. yummah.

                                                    1. Well I have class tonight but I'm making shrimp scampi ala Ina Garten, Ceasar salad, and chocolate souffles. It will be my sweetie and two kids. Oh yes, Champagne for the adults and pear cider for the kids.

                                                      1. Appetizers will be mussels in a garlic and white wine sauce, entree is broiled lobster tail with butter and herbed red potatoes on a bed of spinach, dessert is chocolate fudge cake with dulce the leche ice cream. The cake is from a box, but I'm sure it will be good. Wish me luck! I have never cooked mussels or lobster before.

                                                        1. Happy Valentine's to All!
                                                          (Ah, to be snowbound...very romantic and cozy...but let it be nice for the weekend!!!)
                                                          Our Main Menu? Good ol' Surf and Turf!
                                                          (my DH is not much of a "gourmet" eater)

                                                          For Starters-
                                                          Buttery Chard
                                                          Some sort of cheese fondue and Brie en croute w/dried cranberries and pecans
                                                          Baby Greens with a champagne viniagrette

                                                          Main Course-
                                                          Steamed Broccoli w/lemon butter (my husband is not a huge sauce or veggie fan)
                                                          Jumbo Prawns on the Barbie
                                                          Marinated Filet Mignon with roasted rosemary garlic bulbs
                                                          Sauteed crimini mushrooms
                                                          Fragrant brown rice
                                                          Late Harvest Zin

                                                          Choc Dipped Strawberries
                                                          Champagne and......
                                                          Me! O=;)

                                                          1. I hadn't considered the fact that the reason we cook tonight's meal at home is because I'm a hound... my reasoning was that I can make a wonderful meal for less money and without having to deal with mushy-smoochy couples in crowded restaurants with an overpriced wine list!

                                                            I admit, there are certain ways I like things done in my kitchen, and I do watch as my bf dices onions in a TOTALLY different style, but I keep my mouth shut and let him do it his way because in the end the dish still tastes great. And he always does the dishes when I cook, so why would I risk losing that help?

                                                            We're having ONE lobster tail with butter, grilled ribeye (living in San Diego, it's warm enough to really grill outside... sorry), risotto or pesto pasta, and a chocolate torte I made last night (for tonight). Chardonnay, Zin, and port. I can't wait!

                                                            1. I'm not much of a cook but it's my first V-Day with my SO, so I'm giving it my best shot:

                                                              crostini w/ bocconcini & marinated peppers
                                                              gnocchi w/ cream-tomato sauce
                                                              roast "pork" w/ fennel (real pork for me, fake quorn roast for her), fried asparagus, & roasted potatoes
                                                              biscotti parfait (recipe from epicurious)

                                                              bottle(s) of red & white offered (i'll have some of each but she'll probably just drink red?).

                                                              was up a little too late last night prepping, so i don't spend the whole time in the kitchen (where, though i'm not particularly skilled, i'm a complete nazi and she isn't allowed tonight... also, it's very small).

                                                              1. We've never been a couple that celebrates Valentine's Day and lately we haven't had a lot of extra money to make a really nice meal. Tonight we're having chicken fajitas - easy to make and strongly flavored (which is good because I'm still suffering from a sinus infection and can't really taste anything).

                                                                1. I'm making salmon baked with brie with a mango sauce, sugar snap peas, rice and a tokay pinot gris to drink. All of our favorite things in one meal! Simple and good. Homemade heart-shaped linzer cookies for dessert.

                                                                  It is conviently blizzarding outside. A perfect night to share with great food, loved ones and a fire.

                                                                  1. I am making home-made mac n cheese for my wife (a very sentimental dish for us) and molten chocolate baby cakes for dessert. I will look around in the fridge for some appetizers to put out but unfortunately I think all we have is cheese which might result in cheese overload.

                                                                    Probably serve Stag's Leap Chardonnay that we picked up when visiting the vineyard a couple of years ago but am still debating that.

                                                                    1. i'm cooking dinner for my new hubbie (if he makes it home early enough from work). the menu is a la Giada De Laurentiis: grilled lamb chops, pea and mushroom risotto, some kind of salad, and for dessert: chocolate/hazelnut raviolis...

                                                                      almost everything is a new dish for me; my husband doesn't mind being the guinea pig. =)

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                                                                      1. re: coffee_addict

                                                                        I grilled lamb chops, too...coated with charmoula, served with spiced carrots & couscous, with flourless choc cake for dessert.

                                                                      2. White out conditions up here, 18" on the ground and still coming down to beat the band. Perfect Valentine's Day weather. We are having roasted tenderloin with cabernet wine sauce, crab stuffed mushroms and sauteed snap peas. A wonderful Zinfandel to drink with it. No desert here, as we both don't need it.

                                                                        1. Guess I'm not a self-respecting hound, then. :) Seriously, sometimes I *want* to be taken out to dinner by my husband who loves me and who wouldn't know his way around the kitchen to save his life. Unless I wanted canned chili with corn!! I cook all the special occasion meals all year...Valentine's Day is one of those times when I get to be served and pampered and romanced. (Though I *am* baking a killer batch of brownies at the moment!)

                                                                          1. Squash soup with portobello mushroom croutons, caramelized onion and goat cheese quesadillas (although maybe hubby doesn't like goat cheese, can't remember, in which case he gets mozzarella or ricotta), mixed salad and sugar cookies.
                                                                            I forgot to get wine but don't feel like trekking through the snow to the liquor store now. Maybe we'll have the ancient bottle of ice wine that's been sitting in the wine rack for over a year with the cookies.

                                                                            1. I'm going to a potluck, to which I am bringing a salad (inspired by one in Nigel Slater's "The Kitchen Diaries,") featuring walnuts, greens, cranberry wensleydale, walnut oil and lemon.

                                                                              1. Well, we were sick last weekend when we were supposed to do an overnight w/o the kids, but at least our appetite's back. Tonight was lamb chops with a rosemary-orange pan sauce, mashed potatoes, and salad. Fairly simple, but the kids actually ate pretty well without argument, after a snow day stuck in the house. (It wasn't even fun snow -- too much ice to enjoy.) If it wasn't valentine's day, we'd have had "must-gos" (our term for leftovers).

                                                                                1. We are pitiful at the Valentine's thing tonight. We had grilled salmon, rice and braised bok choy (YAWN). Now I'm working, and my husband is behind me, grading exams and flunking his students.

                                                                                  Where's the love?

                                                                                  1. Italian pot roast with baby red potatoes and carots. It's been crockpotting all day. We're going out tomorrow night for our celebration to avoid the crowds.

                                                                                    1. We're leaving on a trip tomorrow so I kept it simple tonight. Baked halibut, spinach salad, peas, some fresh baked french bread dipped in some wonderful olive oil we brought home from a recent trip to Tunisia. Cheesecake for desert. Champagne to drink to make it seem celebratory.

                                                                                      DH is now napping on the couch. So much for romance:-)

                                                                                      1. Stuffed mushrooms to start, then macaroni and cheese, green beans with bacon and halibut for dinner, then homemade meyer lemon ice cream and chocolate loaf cake for dessert.

                                                                                        1. I spent all afternoon cooking yesterday! I made my husband's favourite foods... French onion soup with slow-cooked caramalised onions (I cooked them for at least an hour before I added the stock), zuni chicken with basil (no dressing) and cauliflower cheese, and a pure chocolate/whipped cream chocolate mousse with gorgeous fresh strawberries (no time to do an eggy or cooked version, and the plain thing was absolutely delectable). He loved it and I was very happy with how everything came out, even if I was exhausted because I have a cold...

                                                                                          PS.I'm sick and I debated whether to cook dinner or tell DH to order takeout... but I decided to do it anyway. It was fun making it, but I was too exhausted to eat it and I ended the evening by sacking out on the bed while he worked on his computer, instead of anything more romantic! At least the chocolate mousse still tasted delicious when we had it for supper :)

                                                                                          1. I spent all afternoon cooking too! I made all of the things that he never knew he wanted, because I made them up based on what I know about his tastes.

                                                                                            Stuart kopetia- Phyllo dough squares filled with roasted eggplant spread and goat cheese. He really likes Spanikopetia, but he loves goat cheese and roasted eggplant. I switched around the ingredients and then named it after him.
                                                                                            Mushroom Risotto and asparagus with heart shaped red pepper garnish-the risotto was already one of his favorites. I have just never made it until I got tips from Chowhound.
                                                                                            Phyllo napoleans filled with chai mousse and topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate shaped like a record. (he loves chai and collects records)

                                                                                            Everything turned out great. The only thing I would do differently next time is make the napoleans smaller, as they were incredibly rich and it was definitely too much to eat.

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                                                                                            1. re: Main Line Tracey

                                                                                              Do you have a picture of the napoleans? Sounds like a fantastic dinner!

                                                                                              1. re: Main Line Tracey

                                                                                                All three of those dishes sound wonderful! I really like the idea of the Stuartkopetia. I love spanikopetia but could use a new idea for a similar phyllo appetizer.

                                                                                                1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                  I had only worked with phyllo once before, with disasterous results. I hadn't used nearly enough oil before.

                                                                                                  This time turned ot great. I used a garlic flavored olive oil spray for the Stuartkopetia. I was thinking that adding chopped toasted pinenuts would also be great in with the eggplant spread and goat cheese. A little texture. I used pre-made baba ganouj from Trader Joes for the eggplant spread so it actually pretty simple.

                                                                                                  1. re: Main Line Tracey

                                                                                                    Thanks for the additional information. I might give these a try next time we have a get together.

                                                                                              2. Thanks! I didn't take photos. Maybe a description would help.

                                                                                                I just drizzled the white plate with dark chocolate, put one 4" x 4" square of phyllo dough (about 5 layers), piped the chai mousse in one layer the size of the dough, topped with another phyllo dough, more chai mousse, whipped cream in a decorative design (with pastry tip for extra prettiness) and the chocolate record (with one edge broken off to stay up, and pressed down to the top layer of phyllo. The mousse and whipped cream held it up)

                                                                                                I had everything made ahead of time. The mousse and whipped cream were in bags and ready to go, the record was made and the phyllo was cooked. It was a huge hit and super easy once everything was prepped.

                                                                                                1. My hubby made me the most delicious meal:

                                                                                                  Seared diver scallops stuffed with green olive tapenade
                                                                                                  Mushroom soup with chorizo and scallions
                                                                                                  Tagliorine with meat and porcini ragu

                                                                                                  Sorry no photos, but it was fabulous and very romantic.

                                                                                                  1. Thanks all for the great replies! Keep the photos coming if you have them!

                                                                                                    Here's a camera-phone pic of one of our branzinos and brussel sprouts - sorry for the poor quality.

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                                                                                                    1. re: chowcito

                                                                                                      We ended up having our actual dinner last night, so I was able to take pics. On Wed, after a late lunch at the restaurant we first met, at dinner we were too full after appetizers (lobster filled phyllo triangles) and pink champagne to eat the meal!

                                                                                                      Last night's dinner is our new tradition (my husband loved everything - all his requests):

                                                                                                      With a delicious Tres Sabores Rutherford Cab -
                                                                                                      Lobster casserole (Jasper White's "Lobster at Home")
                                                                                                      Filet mignon with cognac cream sauce (Epi recipe)
                                                                                                      Baked stuffed potato with creme fraiche and scallions

                                                                                                      Gelatina de leche - (a Mexican dessert made with cream sherry his mom used to make)

                                                                                                    2. Thanks to the people that chimed in on my cheese cloth issue, my meal turned out perfect!

                                                                                                      Sgroppino to begin the night (prosecco based cocktail), then more prosecco
                                                                                                      Sailor bread with fresh herb infused olive oil
                                                                                                      Sweet potato bisque
                                                                                                      Short rib ragu with pecorino & pappardelle served with a bottle of Overture
                                                                                                      Flourless chocolate mini heart cakes served with a bottle of LBV port & roasted nuts

                                                                                                      It was a wonderful meal & it was nice being able to prepare it all the night before so i could really relax and enjoy without running around much.

                                                                                                      1. We had the Most Romantic V-Day Ever.

                                                                                                        You see, we just moved. Like, last weekend. So, even though the kitchen was the first unpacking I started on, it's not done yet. So we had potato and beef tacos and bundt cakes from Trader Joe's... and I gave my loved one a Roomba.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                            That is cute! Let me know what you think of the Roomba. We got one for wedding shower.

                                                                                                          2. I made mediterranean stuffed chicken breast (spinach, garlic, kalamata olives and feta), pan seared with a wine lemon sauce with capers. Served over rice pilaf and steamed brocoli... D.H. licked his dish when he was done...it was THAT good!

                                                                                                            Dessert was...well I can't tell you, i don't know if this is that kind of message board. haahaa

                                                                                                            1. we had:

                                                                                                              walnut-stuffed prunes wrapped in bacon
                                                                                                              tempura marinated artichoke hearts with sriracha aioli
                                                                                                              nicoise olives
                                                                                                              roasted tomato soup with white beans and crostini
                                                                                                              duck confit with pomegranate molasses
                                                                                                              parmesan polenta
                                                                                                              roasted green beans
                                                                                                              fudgey brownies with raspberry sauce and whipped cream (for him -- i hate chocolate)

                                                                                                              and we drank calera "reed vineyard" pinot noir.

                                                                                                              1. sigh...my girlfriend is definitely the alpha cook but I tried to do the v-day cooking last night. I wanted to do my shopping day of, whichw as a mistake, and which was made nigh impossible by the blizzard. NO scallops, asparagus, or veal shanks at Shaws, and I couldn't get to savernors or any other market to look for the veal. Instead I had to settle for some rather boring looking veal chops. I'm an idiot for not doing everthing but the scallops earlier.

                                                                                                                I had wanted to make scallops oskar: seared scallops with asparagus, lump crabmeat, and bernaise sauce, and then veal osso bucco. That obviously did nto happen. How do they run out of scallops and asparagus!??!!?

                                                                                                                We started out with an antipasto of fresh buffalo mozzerella, imported peccorino romano, salami picante, marinated olives and cherry peppers, baguette, and an assortment of goat cheeses with petit toasts. She liked the antipasto. With this course I served a chilled prosecco, the brand escapes me though.

                                                                                                                For dinner, we had a mixed green salad with homemade dijon vinaigrette, and veal chops florentine with a butter sauce, served on a bed of wild mushroom risotto.

                                                                                                                She didn't like it :-( I'll admit it came off as haphazard and not very romantic. I was happy that the risotto came out tender and flavorful (thanks to CH), but otherwise I guess I wasn't too impressed.

                                                                                                                Luckily I found some blue roses, a momento of the first flowers I ever bought her on valentine's day three years ago. All in all, I don't think I won too many points though. Actually, I felt like I ruined V-Day. We should have just gone to Sorellina!

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                                                                                                                1. re: tamerlanenj

                                                                                                                  It sounds like you did a lovely job! The dinner sounds fantastic, not haphazard. I'm sure you won more points than you thought you did.

                                                                                                                  1. re: tamerlanenj

                                                                                                                    i'm sure she was very happy with all of your hard work. chin up.

                                                                                                                  2. We had a butternut squash and goat cheese pizza with kalamata olives, super easy with a TJ's crust and squash roasted the day before. A bottle of champagne we had been saving ended up beign a great match with the pizza. Potato chips to start, great with the champagne, and flourless chocolate cake, baked over the weekend, to finish. Super easy, very tasty, and I thought quite romantic. I think the key to good V-day cooking is to keep it simple, it was nice to be able to focus on each other rather than on complex preparations and lots of dishes.

                                                                                                                    1. Last night at home was the way to go. I will never get people who go out on VDay. We had :
                                                                                                                      Oysters on the half shell
                                                                                                                      Fresh Baguette and Brie
                                                                                                                      Seared Fresh Scallops w/ meyer lemon reduction
                                                                                                                      Wilted Dandilion greens with Garlic & Ginger
                                                                                                                      Rose Champagne

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                                                                                                                      1. re: PurpleTeeth

                                                                                                                        Agree with you -- aside from my friend whose signicant other arranged for a private chef to prepare an in-home meal for the two of them -- cooking it yourself, especially on a holiday, is the way to go. Our meal was:

                                                                                                                        Garlicy Lemon Shrimp (a 10 minute recipe start to finish)
                                                                                                                        Roasted broccoflower and baby carrots
                                                                                                                        Sliced tomatoes with reduced balsamic
                                                                                                                        Apple pear crisp with a gingersnap oatmeal topping

                                                                                                                      2. Duck Pate
                                                                                                                        PEI Mussels
                                                                                                                        Steak au Povre
                                                                                                                        Chesse Course (Humbolt Fog, Brie, Figs)
                                                                                                                        2004 Paraduxx, still a little young but just as good as the '03

                                                                                                                        Ended up only getting through the first two courses, the mussels were amazing. Having the steak and asparagus tonight.


                                                                                                                        1. to start: olives marinated in lemon & garlic
                                                                                                                          cypress grove purple haze chevre

                                                                                                                          rigatoni with a pumpkin & cream & parmesan & sage sauce, tossed with sauteed swiss chard, and topped with veal chops. the veal chops i marinated for 24 hrs. in rosemary/garlic/sage/olive oil, then scraped the marinade off and broiled 5 min. on each side. it was ridiculously easy and actually ended up being one of the best things i've ever made (didn't generate too many dishes, either!). was planning on making gnocchi originaly for the sauce but i got a head cold and just didn't have the energy, and it was fine--the rigatoni ended up being perfect actually. we drank a zinfandel with it, i can't remember what.

                                                                                                                          dessert was extra wine and chocolates from garrison chocolates in providence--chocolate covered crystallized ginger and candied orange peel.

                                                                                                                          1. Steak Diane
                                                                                                                            baked potato
                                                                                                                            mushrooms and peas
                                                                                                                            Piper Sonoma Brut
                                                                                                                            Godiva chocolates

                                                                                                                            Deb did the cooking, I did the dishes.

                                                                                                                            1. I made homemade sauce with sausage and a baked ziti.

                                                                                                                              1. I think I'm an alpa cook... Anyway, we had a bottle of Piper Heidsick bubbly while I made roasted rack of lamb (with honey, mustard, garlic, mint, and rosemary), red wine sauce, roasted squash, and glazed shallots. We drank a 2001 Ridge Paso Robles Zin. Fantastic! Then we ate some fancy chocolates and danced the night away. Literally - for some reason we were cranking old Van Halen, including that tune.

                                                                                                                                1. I was feeling Indian, so I made spicy almond chicken, muttar, pomegranate raita and some basmati rice. Paired with a slightly chilled, young Cote du Rhone.

                                                                                                                                  1. I almost feel guilty. I used to cook all day but we both work and there's a little one at home to consider. Fewer courses these days than there used to be.

                                                                                                                                    Caesar salad with homemade dressing *with* anchovies (cheated and used bought croutons)
                                                                                                                                    Veal marsala with prosciutto
                                                                                                                                    Gorgonzola risotto from this site (very good but not $25,000 worth - I still prefer Julia's wild mushroom risotto)
                                                                                                                                    Homemade amaretto truffles with pistachios
                                                                                                                                    Sparkling non-alcoholic pear cider (so all ages could partake)

                                                                                                                                    On the up side, the little one said it was the best "chicken" she ever tasted and could I make it every night, please?

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: rockycat

                                                                                                                                      Well we're celebrating our Valentine's on Sunday - I had to work and there just isn't time on the weeknight for us! The menu:

                                                                                                                                      Whole steamed artichokes with lemon-butter dipping sauce & another caper mayo style one
                                                                                                                                      The toasted pistachio & gorgonzola dolce (glad to hear it was good, we're halving ours)
                                                                                                                                      Salmon Fillet Wrapped In Prosciutto With Herby Lentils, Spinach And Yogurt
                                                                                                                                      Sticky toffee pudding

                                                                                                                                      1. re: lollya

                                                                                                                                        We halved the risotto also and still have quite a bit left over. That's fine. Leftover risotto is an awesome midnight snack.

                                                                                                                                        I wonder if ours was only very good as opposed to superlative since we didn't use an All-Clad pan and our chicken broth cost quite a bit less than $3.99 a cup...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: rockycat

                                                                                                                                          haha. I don't know, but if it's halved it's halved. Still will cook the same, just less of it!
                                                                                                                                          I'm glad it was good and worth it. I don't fancy mushrooms, so I hope it's okay.
                                                                                                                                          I'll let you know how mine turns out rocky.

                                                                                                                                    2. We spent the day digging out from an ice and snow storm (as did many other posters). Then we shared a dip in the outdoor hottub and some Gruet Sparkling Rose. Dinner (cooked by us both) was duck breast with shallot and red wine sauce, mushroom tortellini with mushroom and shallot sauce, salad with blue cheese, walnuts, and pears. Dessert was the salted caramels from Fran's that I'd special ordered for him last week as a Valentine treat. We finished the sparkling pinot noir with the duck breast; one bottle of wine on top of all the exercise about did us in ;-)