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A Romantic Supper for Two
Close your eyes, take a deep breath and
envision what you would think the most
romantic evening at home would be like. A
simple but elegant candlelit dinner and a
romantic fondue for two can create an
ambience that will set the mood for
Much of this meal can be prepared in
advance, so you can focus on your evening
together instead of spending hours in the
kitchen. Shopping for and preparing the
meal together is ideal way to start!
French Bread with Herbal
Chocolate Fondue for
Grilled French Bread with Herbal
12 to 16-inch loaf French bread
1/4 cup olive oil
Cut bread diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick
slices and brush both sides of each slice
Preheat oven to 350*F
Toast on a baking sheet in oven until
crisp (10 to 12 minutes.) Grilled bread
may be made at least 1 week ahead and kept
in an airtight container at room
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3 tbls. chopped Basil, Thyme, and Parsley,
or 2 tsp. dried.
Juice and grated zest of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
Chop the herbs and blend into the butter.
Spoon on to a sheet of wax paper and roll
so the stick of butter is about 1/2 inch
thick. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3 small zucchini
1 tbls. olive oil
1/8-tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbls. lemon juice
1 tbls. Parsley finely chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Trim ends off zucchini and cut them into
1/8" slices. Heat olive oil in skillet
over medium-high heat; add zucchini, salt,
and pepper. Cook shaking and tossing until
it starts to take color. Add pepper flakes
and lemon juice and cover skillet. Cook
about 2 minutes more. Do not over cook.
Garnish with parsley flakes.
Roasted Red Potatoes
1 1/4 tablespoons olive oil + 2 3/8
teaspoons olive oil
2 1/4 cup red potatoes (about 2 large or 4
2 3/8 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mixed
herbs (such as thyme, marjoram and
1 3/4 teaspoons minced garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste
Position racks in bottom third and top
third of oven and preheat to 400°F.
Brush a heavy large baking sheet with
1-1/4 tablespoons olive oil. Place
remaining olive oil in very large bowl.
Add all remaining ingredients and toss to
coat well. Sprinkle generously with salt
Roast until potatoes are golden brown and
tender, stirring occasionally, for about 1
hour or until tender. Transfer potatoes to
bowl and serve.
Strawberry Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate is notoriously known as the
greatest aphrodisiac, and what better way
to honor that tradition than to prepare
this romantic dessert.
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons heavy cream
5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Pound cake, cut into small bite-size
Sift the cocoa into mixing bowl and set
aside. Place the water, sugar, and corn
syrup into a pot and bring to boil. Allow
to simmer for 10-15 minutes until sugar
solution has reduced by about 30%. Pour
the cocoa powder into the solution and
blend until smooth. Return the chocolate
mixture to the stove and continue cooking
over medium heat. Add heavy cream, bring
to boil and allow to simmer for five
minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in
chopped chocolate. Pour into fondue pot
and keep warm.
Let's Get Cooking!
While there are many reasons for teaching kids to cook -- less expensive than eating out, preserves family heritage, etc, the most important
reason is that by teaching your child to cook, you're giving him a better chance to be a healthy grown-up. Enabling your child with the ability
to appreciate freshness and to transform ingredients into tasty foods opens their eyes to making wiser choices about what to eat...