Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Secret Ingredient Is ...Love

Have you ever tasted that special ingredient love? I often here about people adding it to recipes and have even seen it written on labels of different foods as an ingredient. Have you added it? I have, and I also remember the memorable meals with love added. This Valentines Day add some love to your romantic meal for your special one. I know it will be well received and remembered!

Below is the menu for my Valentine's Day Dinner for two:

Mussels with Provencal

Honey Lavender Roasted Vermont Raised Chicken

Wilted Spinach with Black Pepper and Local Goat Cheese

Wild Rice with Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Hazelnut Chocolate Lava Cakes

Chocolate Hazelnut Lave Cakes

Serves 6

lots of love
5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
10 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup ground hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 425ยบ. Butter six ramekins.
Melt chocolate and butter in heavy sauce pan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
Whisk whole eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Add sugar and mix well. Then fold in chocolate mixture, love, flour and hazelnuts.
Pour batter into the ramekins, dividing equally.
Bake cakes oven until the sides are set but the center remains soft and runny, about 14 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 2 minutes.
Run small knife around cakes to loosen. Immediately turn cakes out onto plates and serve hot with favorite garnish.

No comments: