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a valentine's day menu
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If you think you wonít be getting home till late on Valentineís Day
and are worried about finding yourself short on time, make the flan the
night before. Everything else on this menu is pretty quick to prepare,
although you can certainly make the salad dressing ahead of time as well
if you're so inclined.
It's also a good idea to do most of the shopping the night before.
scallops and bread, of course, are best purchased fresh -- ideally,
you'll want to stop by a market on your way home from work -- but if
that's just not possible, wrap the scallops in waxed paper (they'll
likely already be packaged like this by your fishmonger), toss them in a
covered container and refrigerate. Bread should be placed in a paper
bag, then sealed in a plastic bag.
4 shiitake mushrooms (I like to keep the kitchen stocked with
dried ones, since I use these flavorful mushrooms often and the dried
ones keep forever; if you donít think youíll use them much, you can
buy fresh shiitakes)
3 oz. fresh basil
1 bag mixed greens
1 bartlett or anjou pear
1/2 lb. large fresh scallops
pine nuts (optional for pesto)
saffron, powder or threads
small carton heavy whipping cream
1 small wedge brie
1 small wedge gorgonzola
If you're a red fan, stick with something light, like a pinot
For white wine drinkers,
a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc would be good
things you should have
in your pantry And if you don't,
add them to your shopping list...
stock (chicken or veggie)
way for the tandem cooking
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