valentine dinner party

This Sunday, we’re having some friends over for a little Valentine dinner. Here is the menu so far:

Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Sauteed Scallops with Orange, Fennel, and Ginger
Sauteed Asparagus with Shaved Gouda
Gratin Dauphinoise
Poached Pears in Red Wine

I’ll be sure to let you all know how it goes, in case you want to use some of the recipes for your own Valentine’s Dinner! I can, however, tell you right now that the sauteed asparagus with gouda is divine. It was one of my staples when I was pregnant, and I’m still in love with it. You simply sautee the asparagus until it is a lovely bright emerald green, and then thinly shave gouda cheese all over it. Sooooo yummy!

The Gratin Dauphinoise is going to be my first attempt to replicate the side dish of the same name served at West of Paris. Whenever we eat there (which isn’t too often!), my husband threatens to order an entire plateful for his main course because he loves it so much. Mastering this recipe would probably be the best Valentines Day gift I could give my husband!!


1 Response to “valentine dinner party”

  1. February 11, 2008 at 8:54 am

    I LOVE West of Paris! I’m always tempted to ask for a main meal of their escargot appetizer. Too yummy! So, are you planning on sharing your recipes with us? I’m especially interested in the scallops and asparagus.

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