Articles Tagged Valentine’s Day

Pistachio Lamb Chops with Cherry Port Sauce

Last month I asked you on Facebook and Twitter what you wanted me to cook for Valentine’s Day. It was a 50/50 split between lamb chops and scallops. I picked Seared Scallops on Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta and although it was fabulous the 5o% of you who wanted lamb let me have it! Hey, I’ve got no problems with cooking two Valentine’s Day meals and neither was The Husband! See, we both have jobs in the food industry and since most holidays revolve around food we always have to celebrate before the actual holiday. No worries though, that just

I’m going to get right to the point — this is an exciting post! Not just because there are scallops involved, because that alone is greatness; but right here, right now, I am going to share with you one of my most beloved — can’t be without — kitchen tools: my knives. Why is this so incredibly amazing, you ask? Because having the proper knife is really life changing. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert chef or an inexperienced home cook; if you have just one fabulous amazing knife, the doors are open for you to cook practically anything

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Every Valentine’s Day I stay home and cook. Don’t feel sorry for me because I love it. It’s actually a gift. I get cook whatever I choose to and The Husband watches Mia while I belt out some Memphis Minnie or James McMurtry, drink wine, and cook up a storm. This year The Husband will most likely be out of town on the special day so while Mia was taking an extra long nap I took it as a sign from above that this was my Valentine’s Day present and cooked myself up a meal fitting for Cupid himself. It

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If I was on a deserted island living off of coconuts, seaweed, and fish that I caught with my bare hands because I’m awesome like that, I would constantly be dreaming about this meal. I would make little sand castles in shape of porterhouses, sirloins, and filets and sear them on an open flame while the hermit crabs laughed at my insanity. I’m not ashamed to say it, I love love love love beef. I also love cows which makes this marriage of passions as wrong as a the Pope drinking straight Kentucky bourbon from a mason jar. Oh well,

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Martyred saints, chubby cherubs, hearts and lace… it’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate with a rich dark chocolate cake and a beautifully tangy blood orange sauce. This cake is a chocolate lovers dream as the absence of flour lends its way to a moist velvety texture with a crisp crust that pairs perfectly with a uniquely tart red blood orange sauce. Flourless Chocolate Cake with Blood Orange Sauce serves 8 to 12 6 Tbs unsalted butter, plus more for pan 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (70% cocoa) 1/4 tsp instant espresso 1 pinch sea salt 6 large

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I wasn’t surprised when I asked my husband what he wanted for Valentine’s dinner and he said filet mignon. We don’t do flowers or cards here. No, it’s always been a good meal, break out an old bottle of wine, and talk until the sun comes up or these days pass out on the couch. Filet mignon is very simple to cook, actually. And when paired with some simple rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes and steamed green beans, you have an elegant and delicious meal in 30 minutes with little fuss. Seared Filet Mignon serves 2 2 filet mignons kosher

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With today being another snow day, I wanted to be able to make a recipe that Mia could help out with and enjoy. I searched and searched and all I could come up with were cookies that I had no interest in making. But as I was scrolling through the blogs I frequent most for ideas or recipes, I found the perfect savory snack for a snowy day. On one of my favorite blogs, Smitten Kitchen, I stumbled upon and old recipe, Cheese Straws, and was immediately inspired to create these…Beet Heart Shaped Cheddar Crackers with flax seed. I choose