Valentines day dinner

I know this is a little out dated, but I have been sick since right after V-Day. I took the wife to the Dr. on Wednesday and while I was in her office she looks at me and says “Boy, you really look like crap”. (Thanks!) So she looks down my throat and finds that ,apparently, I have a world class case of Strep.

She said it was lucky that I wandered in when I did,  because in another day or two I would have ended up in the hospital. So I am on a course of strong antibiotics and back to posting as I improve.I don’t have a lot of spunk at the moment so instead of say , an explosives recipe, I will give you my V-day dinner recipe.

Hope you can find some element in the below  to use to improve the status of your taste buds.

Boneless rib eye steaks with raspberry sauce and Brie

Broiled Maine  Lobster tail

Baked Yukon Gold Potatoes with Aus jue

Stuffed Portobello mushrooms

Asparagus cooked in Raspberry vinaigrette

Strawberries with melted chocolate sauce

Yeah, I really went out on a limb. I am the kind of guy that usually lets a steak stand on it’s own merits. Let a flame kiss it a little, pour a little smoke on it and call it done.

But not this time

This time was special, so I had to risk screwing the whole thing up. It was not only valentines day, it was also our 25th wedding anniversary. No re-do’s on this one.

That’s right, the perfect time to try to improve on a steak.  No pressure, just make it better than it already is. Out do God, that’s all you have to do.

Everything in the end came together with perfection. Raspberry sauce ended up being the perfect compliment along with the Brie.

Just remember, if you cook this, you are not a fag, no matter how fancy it is. Steak is a man’s world no matter how you serve it.

Marinate the steaks for 2 1/2 hours with soy sauce, 1/2 the amount of Worcestershire, garlic powder and pepper. Broil with the rule of 3’s….  3/4″ steak ,3 Mins. flip, 3 Min. flip, and a final  3 min. Add a Tbls. of Brie on the last Min. and serve with a Tbls. of Raspberry sauce.

Raspberry sauce is 10 large raspberries, 4 Tbls. pomegranate juice, 6 drops of Worcestershire sauce (Lee and Perrins),garlic powder , 1 Tsp. of corn starch and 1/2 Tbls. of butter. Cook on low heat until reduced by half, strain out the solids and add the corn starch to thicken.

The baked potatoes are knocked out of the park with the Aus Jue. Take beef broth and reduce it to about a quarter of it’s original volume. It should be reduced until it is strong and salty. While it is being reduced , dump in all of the classic beef seasonings; Cumin (A must), heavy black pepper, oregano, marjoram, garlic,bay leaf, onion, a dash of brown mustard and a Tbls. of butter.  Scoop out the potato and mash with a fork, adding Aus Jus until moist. Put the potato back into the skin to serve.

The asparagus is cooked in a raspberry Vinaigrette dressing with garlic added and (Waaaaiitt for it) butter. I was running out of time so I did not make the dressing and used store bought. It still came out superb. The key is to use the youngest asparagus that you can find. Put it in a frying pan in one layer and cook with the dressing and butter until tender.

Stuffed portobello mushrooms were Panko (Japanese) bread crumbs, sun dried tomatoes, chives, Italian seasoning, garlic and onion. After removing and discarding the gills, the stem gets chopped up with the bread crumbs and seasoning. Broil one side for 5 min. then add all the stuff and bake for 15 at 350.

Lobster tail gets melted garlic butter after soaking for 20 min. in saltwater.Pepper it up with Paprika and broil it for 6 to 7 min. I don’t actually eat fish of any type , but I was assured that the lobster was quite good.

Now here comes the best part; Chocolate strawberries. Slice up a large and deep red strawberry; the bigger and the redder, the better. Take one 2″ X 2″ square of 60% cacao dark chocolate ( I use  ghirardelli ) 1 1/2 Tbls. pomegranate juice, 2 Tsp. of butter. Heat the pomegranate juice and butter until the juice is reduced by half then add the chocolate square. Cook until melted then pour over the sliced strawberry.

All of this was served up with with a good bottle of Coppola merlot.

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