Valentine Recipes

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Fresh Oysters Topped with Chorizo Dressing Recipe

After raving about duck prosciutto, it's time to talk about some serious business because Valentine's Day is near at hand. My husband Lulu being a vegetarian doesn't mean that I don't get to get to enjoy a feast for our romantic meal on February 14th. I don't know if food with aphrodisiac properties really exists, but I love oysters. During the holidays, Papa made his oyster specialty huîtres chaudes gratinées (oysters au gratin) but that's another recipe. This time around, I served them cold with a chorizo, ginger and lemon topping. And if your significant other loves oysters as much as I do, this might be the perfect starter for a romantic Valentine's Day meal.

While visiting the Château de Fontainebleau, I couldn't resist taking a quick tour of its open-air market, which was fabulous. I found the most delicious saucisses sèches (dry sausages), made of duck and turkey, and some with chorizo made from poultry meat, which tasted even better than the ones I remember from my childhood.

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Olive Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Olive Mashed Potatoes

01.14.11 by Jackie

I came up with the idea of making olive-flavored mashed potatoes (purée de pomme de terre aux olives) while strolling through Parisian open-air markets. Most of them carry the most delicious varieties of olives that are not overly salty. After tasting many varieties, I bought delicious bright green olives that are large, meaty and slightly sweet with a nutty taste to the palate.

Parisian kitchens in general are tiny and contain the bare minimum when it comes to cooking. I mashed the potatoes using the back of a fork, pitted and coarsely chopped the olives and finally mixed them into the purée, adding a little crème fleurette (cream). My husband Lulu loved it and was totally impressed that I was able to pull it off in our tiny kitchen!

Besides visiting museums and monuments in Paris with Lulu, I have to admit that perusing the Parisian open-air markets was my favorite activity! Tasting and seeing the wonderful colors and produce gave me so many ideas and inspirations for new flavor pairings. I’ll be sharing them soon.

Olive Recipe with Picture


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Romantic Dinner Menu for Valentine's Day Recipe

It's that time of year again. Valentine's Day is this weekend, and I’ve gone through the recipes I’ve published and put together a list for you in case you’re preparing a romantic dinner for your sweetie. I've included every kind of dish you could want to make, from soups and salads to main courses and desserts. The recipes I picked are relatively easy to make, so that you aren't stuck in the kitchen all evening.

So get out the candles, put on some nice romantic music, and prepare a delicious meal for the one you love. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!


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Romantic and Easy Valentine's Day Menu Recipe

Feel like cooking a special meal for your special someone? Here's a real easy menu that'll let you spend more time with your love than in the kitchen:
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Eggless Ginger Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Eggless Ginger Chocolate Mousse

01.22.09 by Jackie

OK, raise your hand if you are a chocolate lover. I am . Seriously, who does not love chocolate?

Valentine's day is on its way and you guys know the saying "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach!" Here's a suggestion for a nice dessert.

Wouldn't it be romantic feeding each other ginger chocolate mousse? Ginger is natural libido enhancer, so go for it! Well, my hubby loves this decadent dessert.

I'll be posting several recipe suggestions for Saint Valentine's day until February 14th. 


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