“Gold Medal Valentines Day” menu

A deliciously simple and YET effective Menu for ‘the’ most romantic, dreamy evening of the year!

“Gold Medal Valentines Day” main course demo

‘One take’ Cooking Videos so forgive any faux pas & yes I know that I talk too much at times!
PS: If you’re enjoying the ‘Menu Mood Music’, please remember to pause or mute it before watching this Main Course Demo—unless you’re really into multi-tasking!

“Gold Medal Valentines Day” recipes

This cheese board is a dream come true…he’ll know that the minute he graces your doorstep and smells your Parmesan Thyme Shortbread!Kitchen Confidence Rating Scale: Budget Rating Scale: ...
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What a love potion it is, it works like magic!Kitchen Confidence Rating Scale: Budget Rating Scale: Makes one love potion!Basil leaves, coarsely chopped 3 Strawberries, sliced (keep one...
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There is nothing quite like a nice Burgundy to sip with a medium rare steak with sautéed mushrooms. Get him involved in the cooking for a little bonding and let him man the grill or frying...
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Kitchen Confidence Rating Scale: Budget Rating Scale: Serves 21 pound (about 20 stalks) asparagus spears 6-8 paper-thin slices of prosciutto 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Freshly...
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Kitchen Confidence Rating Scale: Budget Rating Scale: Serves 2 (think leftovers)2 large russet baking potatoes, about a pound each Extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup sour cream ¼ cup milk 1...
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This is the best crème brulee that I’ve ever tasted…and no, not because its my recipe! It truly is creamy, smooth and silky. I love the vanilla bean essence and cinnamony spice that adds so much...
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“Gold Medal Valentines Day” music playlist

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Some music to get you in the mood!

Virtual Fireplace

Cozy on up to the hottest thing on television!  You bring the company, we bring the wood! The best time to watch this is in your favourite pjs, under a warm blanket with these delicious comfort food dishes, steamy cafe au lait and a great book! The ending is a cliff-hanger…the wood burns (spoiler alert)! Oh and warning, don’t touch the screen!

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“Gold Medal Valentines Day” menu shopping list

BEGIN: “A Dream Come True” Cheese Board with cheese, charcutrie, gherkins & Spanish almonds and savoury something baked (he’ll smell it as he graces your doorstep)

  • Cheese: White Cheddar, Gouda, Swiss, Blue (or your favourite hard & soft cheeses)
  • Charcuterie: Jamon, Prosciutto, Salami (or your favourite cold cut)
  • Gherkins
  • Pitted Olives
  • Sliced Granny Smith Apple
  • Arugula
  • Organic Honey
  • Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • Sweet Marmalade or Red Pepper Jelly
  • Spanish almonds (whole/skin on)
  • Sea salt

ESCORT: Parmesan & Thyme Shortbread

  • (Sliced baguette if you’re short of time – yep, pun intended.)
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tablespoon dry thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese for top

ESCORT: Love Potion No. 2016

  • Basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Pint Strawberries, sliced
  • Absolut Citron
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar

FOLLOW: “Priceless” Grilled Sirloin Steak with Bernaise Butter & Sautéed Mushrooms

  • 2 Sirloin Steaks (or your favourite steak)
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon (2 teaspoons fresh tarragon)
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ pound Mushrooms (your pick)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon white wine (or red if it’s open)

FOLLOW: “Perfect Match” Roasted Asparagus Bundles Wrapped in Proscuitto

  • 1 pound (about 20 stalks) asparagus spears
  • 6-8 paper-thin slices of prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup freshly grated Reggiano Parmesan
  • Shaved Reggiano Parmesan
  • 1 lemon, quartered

FOLLOW: “You Cast a Spell on Me” Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

  • 2 large russet potatoes, about a pound each
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 strips bacon
  • 2 chopped green onions, sliced, divided

FINISH: “Magic Potion” Crème Brulèe

  • 3 cups whipping cream, 35% its rich and its worth it!
  • One 2-inch piece of vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I strongly suggest using the vanilla bean…you’ll see why once you taste it)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, raw if you have it
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, raw if you have it