Monday, February 14, 2011

After a 1 year hiatus, our annual Valentine's Extravaganza tradition resumed this year. We quickly learned that our new kitchen is smaller than our old one, which complicated dinner preparation this year but we were finally eating by 10pm. We will adjust our usual plan next year to accommodate for the smaller space.

Renzo's meal started off with a flavorful Asparagus, Artichoke, Camembert, Caramelized Pear and Arugula salad followed a delightful Dover Sole Picatta paired with Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Caramelized Onions & Toasted Pistachios and Champagne Risotto. His meal was paired with a Sauvignon Blanc.

 (I use a champagne Vinaigrette instead of the Caesar Dressing indicated in the recipe)

My meal started with a sweet French Onion Soup followed by a decadent Sauteed Chicken Breast in a Creamy Tarragon Sauce, Asparagus with Toasted Almonds and Risotto. As I unfortunately  am not allowed alcohol due to my RA meds, my meal was paired with San Pellagrino.

(Renzo only used 1tsp of Dijon mustard in the sauce. The asparagus and risotto were his creations but are very similar to the recipes posted)

The meal ended with Chocolate Puff Pastry Croissants and tea.