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What are you cooking for Valentines day?

Obvious topic is obvious. I haven't decided yet, so I think I'll scout your plans for ideas. I know I'm starting breakfast with American-style pancakes with blueberries and creme fraiche.

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  1. Coconut banana bread has already been baked for breakfast.

    Dinner will be; app: some type of crostini, entree: sea bass over risotto, dessert: a cake of some sort (I need to finally use this heart shaped pan I bought about 4 years ago!). A bottle of bubbly saved from a trip to Napa shall be popped as well.

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    1. re: shadysider023

      hmm, need to get some champagne. Do you think they might boost the prices? Better go to a dedicated wine shop I guess.

    2. Un-chucked fresh oysters on the grill until they open...mmmm yum
      Marinated, bacon-wrapped quail to follow on the grill
      Unsure what to serve with the quail - last time we did the oysters we filled up on them!
      Dessert, I know - his favorite creme brulee (he gets to torch it!)
      and champagne.....

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      1. re: bayoucook

        Marinated quail...sounds delicious...have seen frozen ones, would like to try one, what ingredients do you use in the marinade?

      2. oops - hit the c instead of the s - meant un-shucked...

        1. We're having a good soft cheese on crostini to start with some bubbly. Then, I'm cooking:
          pork tenderloin with apple and onion compote
          sauteed green beans
          brown rice medley w/ garlic and shallots
          arugula salad with blue cheese, pecans and grapes w/ dijon vinaigrette

          For dessert, we're having chocolate lava cakes baked in heart shaped ramekins and served with fudge sauce and ice cream. Should be delicious!

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          1. re: jenhen2

            That does sound nice. Green beans are definitely win.
            that other thread about the first time meal has me craving asparagus though

            *edit* say, does anybody have info on bernaise sauce? What it tastes like, how to make it?

            1. re: Soop

              have you ever had a hollandaise sauce? it's like that but with a slight licorice-y flavor, from the chervil and/or tarragon

            2. re: jenhen2

              Oh man! Sign me up for this V-day dinner.

            3. Cioppino as a first course, shrimp stuffed chicken, lemon rice, asparagus for the main and chocolate ravioli for desert. Champagne of course.