Valentine Dinner for Two

For a romantic Valentine dinner for two, whip up these easy to make recipes.

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Mushroom Paté

Ingredients

  • 1 pound button mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 sprig rosemary, fresh

Instructions

  • Sauté finely mushroom in butter over medium heat until liquid is absorbed (about 5 minutes).
  • Let mushrooms cool to room temperature.
  • Put sautéed mushrooms, cream cheese, garlic powder and pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth.
  • Spoon into greased mold. Chill at least one hour.
  • Un-mold and garnish with rosemary sprig.

 

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Parmesan Herb Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage leaves, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped, fresh
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease bottoms of 12 muffin-pan cups or line with paper baking cups.
  • Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, sage, parsley and cheese, blend well. Add buttermilk, butter and egg; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3rds full. Bake at $00 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 

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Sautéed Spinach with Garlic Chips

Makes: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 4 bunches spinach, washed and dried
  • Pinch hot pepper flakes

Instructions

  • To a wok or saucepan over a low flame, add oil. Oil should be cold.
  • Add garlic. Fry garlic for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove when garlic chips are brown and place towels to drain. Add spinach, and pepper flakes.
  • Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Garnish with garlic chips.

 

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Salmon and Herb Soufflés

Makes: 2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup salmon, cooked, 170g
  • 4 tsps chives, chopped, fresh
  • 4 tsps parsley, chopped, fresh
  • Pinch white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsps butter
  • 4 tsps Flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 egg whites

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine salmon, herbs & pepper in bowl; mix well. Heat butter in small saucepan, stir in flour; cook till bubbling; do not brown.
  • Remove from heat, gradually stir in milk, stir over heat till sauce boils & thickens. Stir into salmon mixture. Beat egg whites till soft peaks form, fold into salmon.
  • Spoon into 1 cup (oiled) soufflé dishes. Place the filled soufflé dishes in a water bath (two inches of water in a shallow pan).
  • Bake at 350 F or 200C for about 20 to 25 minutes until risen & lightly browned.
  • Check the middle with a cake tester. If it comes out clean it is done. Do not over brown.
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Apple Berry Crisp

Makes: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 1 21-ounce container apple pie filling
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • Vanilla Bean ice cream
  • leaves mint, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl, mix the strawberries, apple pie filling and brown sugar. Transfer fruit mixture to a 10x10x2-inch baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl, add the quick oats to the cake mix and stir the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over fruit evenly, covering completely.
  • Bake uncovered until crumble is golden and crisp, and juices bubble thickly, about 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm with Vanilla Bean ice cream and garnish with a mint sprig.

Notes

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