My little Valentine before school today:
Later, I will post the pink quilted heart bag I made for her. It turned out really sweet.
And now, because inquiring minds want to know, here is the final Valentine's Day menu. It took some serious thought but we finally narrowed it down to some of our favorites.
Valentine's Day Menu
Cruz Alta Mendoza Chairman's Blend 2006 red wine (delicious bottle of wine from Laura and Bill, my inlaws. Please note, Ellie had apple punch juice, NOT wine.)
Mini crab cakes (made with blue crab meat)
Fettuccine Alfredo with Italian Sausage and Mushrooms (Friends Val and Jen were on to something with this idea. Apparently they have it for New Year's Eve...it's that good of a combo. I browned 1 pound of italian sausage, threw in 5-6 sliced mushrooms and set it aside. Then I followed the posted recipe and when the pasta and sauce were done, I mixed in the sausage and mushrooms and voila!)
Caesar Salad (recipe below and thank you Pat and Sarah for the recipe, I never knew what it meant to coddle an egg before. I do now.)
Cherry Cheesecake Pie, it was so good. It is actually too good to keep around the house so I will be taking this one into work to share with my co-workers...after I keep one big piece for Rob, afterall, it is his pie.
Caesar Salad Recipe
1 head romaine lettuce
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 tablespoon ground mustard
1 clove crushed garlic
1 lemon, juiced
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups croutons
1 (2 ounce) can anchovy filets
- In a bowl or jar combine oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, mustard, garlic and lemon juice.
- Whisk until well blended.
- Coddle egg by heating 3 cups of water to boiling.
- Drop in egg (still in shell) and let stand for 1 minute.
- Remove egg from water and let cool.
- Once cooled crack open and whisk egg into dressing.
- Whisk until thoroughly blended.
- Mash desired amount of anchovies and whisk them into the dressing. If desired set aside a few for garnish.
- To assemble, place torn lettuce leaves in a large bowl.
- Pour dressing over the top and toss lightly.
- Add the grated cheese, garlic croutons and freshly ground pepper, toss.
- Serve immediately.
Wondering how I have all this posted on Valentine's afternoon? Well, celebrating with a big meal after a long day at work is pretty tough so we decided to celebrate Valentine's Day on Sunday so we could take our time and have a nice relaxing dinner. It was a very smart move on our part.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!