Valentine's Dinner

<p>Is anyone cooking for their Valentine tomorrow? Mark Bittman in the NYT has a wonderfully simple chocolate souffle, so dessert is covered. DH has been traveling in Asia for 2 weeks and would love a wonderful American meal. Any thoughts?</p>

<p>We are going to visit eldest son for the day as his birthday is Sunday. My guess is we will be celebrating VD day with a Wendy's hamburger in the car as the dog will be joining us on the drive!! Or maybe son will allow us to stay in town for dinner with him; in that case we will be eating at some BBQ joint while the dog stays at his house.</p>

<p>My "valentine" and I are cooking dinner for each other tomorrow. He is making black bean soup from scratch, and I am making grilled chicken marinated in yogurt and spices topped with a home made salsa made of pineapples and peppers and a side of chicken flavored rice. We are also going to make a beer bread to go along with his soup. I'm looking forward to it. He is such a good cook so I hope I don't let him down with my part of the meal!</p>

<p>hmom, could I see the recipe for the souffle? We didn't figure out what we're making for dessert yet.. but he loves chocolate. I would be happy to give you a copy of my chicken recipe if you would like to give it a try. It's pretty simple. :)</p>

<p>Here is not just the recipe, but a video of food god Bittman himself demonstrating making it:</p>

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<p>I'd love the chicken recipe, sounds great. I make a similar salsa with pineapple and mango.</p>

<p>Yogurt</a> Grilled Chicken Breast with Pineapple Roasted Red Pepper Salsa Recipe : Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh : Food Network</p>

<p>I didn't even think to add mango.. I bet that would be good. I don't really celebrate valentines day (it's such a hallmark holiday IMO), but we are doing 'dinner on saturday' - haha. If he shows up with flowers or something I'm going to punch him in the face. I think he knows better though. I'll kiss him either way. ;)</p>

<p>Hallmark or no Hallmark, DH better show up with flowers. And candy. And bling. j/k!</p>

<p>H went to Costco all by himself claiming that he needed to pick up his prescription. Me thinks he is going to buy a huge package of steaks. And may be some flowers. :)</p>

<p>I'm making brunch. Cheese omlettes cooked in small, round molds so they will sit nicely on homemade bisquits. Then bacon and a potato gallette with real hot chocolate to drink.</p>

<p>Salmon on a bed of spinach with beaujolais sauce. Sauted leeks, braised in chicken broth and tarragon finished off with a bit of cream. Butternut squash soup with a bit of ginger and curry. That's my plan. :)</p>

<p>I also like to get out the red table cloth, candles and some doilies.</p>

<p>may i ask out of curiosity, do you guys cook these elaborate meals all the time, or just because it's v-day?</p>

<p>they all sound delicious!!</p>

<p>I think I will do roast rack of lamb(not lamb shoulder) and roast potato, parsnips, and carrots. I will serve them with mesclun salad. For desert, I will buy a tiramisu. All low key, no stress kind of cooking.</p>

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<p>I've decided to go with a pistachio crusted rack of lamb with crab stuffed artichokes for the appetizer, wild rice and asparagus.</p>

<p>Fendergirl, lol, for the last three decades I've cooked once per month! I've always loved to cook and have take many lessons, but never had time to actually do it. A few months ago I had back surgery and my hiatus activities are cooking and CC!</p>

<p>The leeks and soup are leftovers, both inspired by Splendid Table cookbook - which has a lousy layout but good recipes. Dh liked them so much he can have them again. :) I vary from very boring to being a good cook.</p>

<p>I'd love the bacon and potatoe gallette recipe if you're willing to share. I'm assuming it has a full fat cheese in it? Just my kind of sin!</p>

<p>You people put the heart shaped pancakes I made this morning to shame!!!</p>

<p>When I was first married I made heart shaped ravioli (using a cookie cutter). Tonight I am making beef stroganoff with handmade (by someone else) noodles and a roasted beet salad with greens, goat cheese and walnuts. Will have leftover chocolate espresso mousse pie from the freezer for dessert, though I printed out that souffl</p>

<p>we usually take turns cooking for each other like once a week or so.. and today just happens to be v-day. last time i cooked i made this wonderful pasta dish and the last time he cooked he made chicken parm.. it was so delicious.. he made the sauce from scratch and everything... so i'm really looking forward to tonights meal :)</p>

<p>Tonight's menu is grilled pork tenderloin with molasses mustard sauce, garlic lemon spinach, parmesan mashed potatoes and the ending is rum gingerbead topped with carmelized bannanasand whipped cream.</p>

<p>My kids voted for some Marie Calendar pies instead of tiramisu.</p>

<p>Last night I was watching the Diners and Drive Ins show on Foodnetwork. They featured a dish from a Greek restaurant where they took pork tenderloin and marinated it in wine, vinegar and spices for 5 days. Guy said it was the best pork ever.</p>

<p>Can you really marinate meat for 5 days and still have it be fresh?</p>