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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Love Is Where my Stomach is....

 Happy (late) Valentine's Day everyone! ]. I'm not a personal fan of going out on the big Vday so I had my Baby attempt to cook me a fancy meal at home. This is our second Valentine's day together so we decided to kick it up a notch. This means I dress up and put on fancy perfume and we enjoy a quiet and private dinner complete with appetizers, main course, good wine and of course, a phenomenal dessert....




Valentine's Day Dinner for Two
February 14, 2011
Main Chef: Jerry 
Dessert Chef: Patricia

First course
Insulata Caprese
A Fresh Combination of Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil

Second course
Cream of Potato Soup 
garnished with crispy bacon and sharp cheddar

Main Course
Garlic and Rosemary Roast Lamb Chops

Dessert
White Chocolate and Raspberry Souffle 
Best souffle I've had. Must try for the Chocolate Lover - sink your teeth into a crunchy yet fluffy white chocolate topping to find a hidden tart raspberry dark chocolate molten center in the middle 

Wine pairing
Pirot Syrah 2009 California
Whole Foods 
- smooth, plum flavors perfectly paired with the hearty lamb we had


White Chocolate Souffle with Raspberry Chocolate Sauce
Courtesy of the Fumbling Foodie
Raspberry Chocolate Sauce:
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
3 oz Ghirardelli 60% cocoa semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons European unsalted butter
Souffle:
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons flour
1/8 tablespoon iodized salt. (don't use kosher salt, the granuals are too big)
3/4 cup whole milk
6 oz Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
Additional butter and sugar for the ramekins
Put a pie pan in the freezer for several hours to chill. You are going to be pouring hot liquid into it so metal or pyrex are preferred.
lightly butter six 4.5 oz ramekins. Mine are 3 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches deep. Coat the inside of each buttered ramekin with granulated sugar. Invert and pour out the excess.
Puree the raspberries in a blender. Pour the pureed raspberries through a sieve into a small bowl, using a spatula to squeegee the liquid through and leave the seeds behind (discard the seeds).
In a double-boiler or small saucepan set in a larger pan of simmering water, combine the raspberry puree, semisweet chocolate chips, butter, and sugar. Stir frequently until melted together and smooth. Grab the ice cold pie pan out of the freezer and pour this mixture into it. Tilt the pan as needed to get the mixture spread evenly over the bottom surface of the pie pan. Return the pie pan to the freezer. When the mixture has set up, divide it into six equal portions and use your hands to form each portion into a little ball. Put the balls back into the pie pan and put the pan in the refrigerator.
Seperate the egg yolks from the whites (you will need both). The whites should go into a large clean bowl big enough to be used with your hand mixer (or put them in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer).
Combine the flour and salt in a saucepan. Add a small amount of milk and combine. You want a smooth paste. Then add the rest of the milk, combine, and place the saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture has thickened a bit (like a cream sauce, about 4 minutes), remove a bit of it from the saucepan, add it to the egg yolk,s and whisk gently. (This allows the yolks to warm up without cooking them). Add the yolk mixture back into the saucepan, cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. When it is about the consistency of mayonnaise, remove it from the heat, place it into another bowl along with the white chocolate chips. Stir or whisk until the white chocolate chips are fully melted and combined. Add the vanilla. Set aside
Beat the egg whites in their own bowl( mentioned above). Add the cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar and continue meating until medium-firm peaks form.
Gently fold a heaping spatula load of egg whites into the white chocolate mixture, then add the remaining egg whites. Fold gently to preserve the air in the egg whites.
Take the chocolate balls out of the refridgerator. Place one in the center of the bottom of each ramekin. Fill each ramekin with the white chocolate/egg white mixture until it is no higher than level with the top of the ramekin. (1/8 inch below the top of the ramekin works well for me.)
At this point you can cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and put it in the refridgerator, awaiting dinner time.
When it is time for dessert, preheat the oven to 375F, remove the plastic wrap and pop them into the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until portions of the top have turned a light golden brown.
Serve immediately.

Feeling the love of friendship, romance and family all together these last two weeks. I feel so blessed to be surrounded with people who are so down to earth and so supportive <3. 
Thank you...

6 comments:

  1. Your blog looks absolutely delicious! ^_^V

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  2. Just found your wonderful blog on foodie blogroll! New follower!
    - Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.blogspot.com

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  3. thanks jessica! love your blog too! im gong to sub back :D

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  4. It looks very delicious. I try this recipe tomorrow. Today I have a lot of work. My boss watching me, so I'm not bored in work ;)

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