Sunday, February 22, 2009

Heart Day Feast

For the last few years, my Valentine's Day present to the hubs has been a massive feast. This year, I must say, was better than ever! I found most of the recipes on some fantastic food blogs. The foodie blog world never fails when looking for inspiration.

The menu:
Arugula Salad with Smitten Kitchen's pickled onions
I've made several batches of these pickled onions, and I've been eating them with a bit of the pickling juice over salad for the last few weeks. Healthy and yummy!

Here are mine at the beginning pickling stage:


And here are Deb's from Smitten Kitchen, this shot puts my photography to shame:

And here is the recipe, from Smitten Kitchen:
Pickled Onions
Printable Recipe
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup cold water
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 to 3 really good shots hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
1 red onion, sliced into very thin rings

In a small bowl, combine red wine vinegar with 1/2 cup of cold tap water. Stir in salt, the sugar and the hot sauce. Add the sliced onions and let sit for at least one hour. [Do ahead: Make these the night before to save time; they were even better pickled overnight.]

Roasted Broccoli from Barefoot Contessa via Amateur Gourmet. The recipe is in narrative form, so pop over to Adam's site for instructions.

Image via Amateur Gourmet

Potato Gnocchi from Simply Recipes
In my opinion, this was the highlight of the meal. Plus I was so proud of myself for making gnocchi from scratch! I had never used a potato ricer before, and I think I was about ready to kill it by the end... maybe the one I bought was low quality. Anyone have potato ricer tips? Totally worth it though. I'm not going to include the recipe here since Elise's photos are integral, in my opinion, to getting it right. You can find the recipe here.

Here are my little guys before boiling:


And here are Elise's beauties from Simply Recipes:

Homemade marinara sauce from this America's Test Kitchen recipe. I eat this stuff plain by the bowlful, seriously. My favorite.

Filet mignon


I'm already thinking of how to top this meal for next year. Among my presents from the hubs, a sweet bouquet from my favorite florist on the planet (they did our wedding and I heart them forever), Passionflower Design. Anemones, tulips, stock...lovely!

Disclaimer: Crappy iPhone photo

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