Valentine Recipes

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Scallops, Smoked Salmon and Citrus Recipe

We hosted a 4-course meal last week so I wanted to share one of the dishes I prepared. We often entertain  at home and as I get busy in the kitchen, I never have time to take a pretty snapshot between the time of the preparation until the plate is ready to serve our guest. I didn't have time to take a photograph of the starter but since I love seafood, I didn't mind repeating a similar dish for today's recipe. I used pan-seared coquille Saint-Jacques (scallops) and dressed them in a healthy manner as a great way to begin the meal. 

The idea behind the presentation was to find a good balance of color and texture. I made a carpaccio of dill-coated smoked salmon and radish, then also accompanied the scallops with avocado, blood oranges (yay! they're in season), Persian cucumbers, fried wasabi-flavored green peas and a sprinkle of candied walnuts.

I modified the dish I initially served last week by adding Sriracha Guacamole.

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For the Chocolate Lovers: Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes Recipe

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I've been brainstorming ideas of how to celebrate it. Little Aria is a chocolate lover and I've been showing her many ways of eating chocolate. I put up some recipe suggestions in case you're planning to cook and bake as well. Naturally you'll want to pick the dishes that your sweetie likes; Aria's favorite is a simple square of quality chocolate and chocolate mousse. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!


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Chocolate Sweets for your Valentines Recipe

In my opinion, your Valentine's essentials consist of anything with chocolate. Here's a selection of my favorite cupcakes, cookies and other romantic desserts for your sweetie. 

A DIY gift will not only please your Valentine but I think it will come from the heart and show your appreciation for him/her. Plus, you can enjoy the results of your labor as well, feeding each other! Hope this helps you prepare the most magical, memorable Valentine's Day!


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Perfect Filet Mignon Steak Recipe Recipe

This type of preparation is my favorite way to go when I buy an amazing quality cut of beef, such as filet mignon. I simply seasoned both sides of the filet mignon with salt and pepper, pan-seared until a crust formed and completed the roasting in the oven.  

The key to perfection was to let the meat rest for a few minutes before slicing. The last step was making a sauce au poivre (whole peppercorn sauce) and placing the slices of beef on top like a fan. This was heavenly scrumptious. You can pair the meat with your favorite potato side dish, which can be found in my first cookbook, Haute Potato available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


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Pinapple Coconut Muffin Recipe Recipe

Pinapple Coconut Muffin Recipe

01.25.13 by Jackie

The main reason I baked these muffins is that I had leftover crushed pineapple from our recent Vietnamese beef fondue party. The more romantic reason I tell my husband Lulu is that I'm always thinking about him and I want to please him all the time. Given his sweet tooth, Lulu always enjoys a hot cup of fruity white tea and a few sweet treats, so I think he'll fall for it .

The muffins are flavored with pineapple, coconut and lemon chocolate chips.


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