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02.11.2001

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tandem cooking: mood food 
a valentine's day menu
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time-saving tips
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. The 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.

shopping list
1 baguette
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
walnuts
pine nuts
(optional for pesto)
saffron, powder or threads
small carton heavy whipping cream
1 small wedge brie
1 small wedge gorgonzola
. beverage suggestions
If you're a red fan, stick with something light, like a pinot noir

For white wine drinkers, a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc would be good choices.

things you should have in your pantry And if you don't, add them to your shopping list...

garlic
onion
olive oil
cider vinegar
honey
thyme, dried
salt
pepper
parmesan cheese
stock (chicken or veggie)
short-grained rice
eggs
milk
vanilla extract

this way for the tandem cooking instructions!

 

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