Friday we had some friends over for dinner and I made Savory Palmiers, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Molten Chocolate Cakes.
Palmiers look like this:
They are usually made with sugar and served as a dessert but Ina Garten has a recipe for them in Back to Basics that is a perfect appetizer. They are made with pesto, sun-dried tomatoes (which I normally hate), goat cheese and toasted pine nuts. Yum.
For dinner I went with the old standby boeuf bourguignon because it tastes better the next day. I used a few hours of my snow day on Thursday to prepare it and just reheated it over a low flame.
Dessert was so good and deceptively easy. I got this recipe off of Tasty Kitchen, a website where you can swap recipes.
The recipe says to cook them for 13-14 minutes but I might do 12-13 next time because you want the center to be perfectly melted and I felt like some of mine were too cooked in the middle. Serve them with whipped cream or ice cream and get ready to swoon.
On Saturday Matt and I had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Fiore, in Floral Park. It’s sort of contemporary Italian and we’re never disappointed. In addition to a great variety of specials every night they always carry their two house specialties, roasted duck with strawberries and pork osso buco. Wow. I don’t even open the menu anymore, I just order one of those every time we go.
When Valentine’s Day rolled around, Matt opened a can of romance (pun intended, as you’ll see) and gave me this:
It’s a pretty deluxe garbage can and I couldn’t be happier. I’m a little embarassed to admit that it’s exactly what I wanted.
We also went to an engagement party for Brian and Dana yesterday.
That’s my new dress from the clearance rack at the Gap. Lord knows I love a sale.
That’s one good-looking science department, right?
Glad that Matt got the memo about wearing a striped shirt.
What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Are you a lover or a hater?