Sunday

Valentine's Day Continued ~

A minor disruption of plans caused a delay in posting my Valentine's Day Dinner, but here goes~


Dinner for two, with a cozy table near the fireplace.


A little nice quality bubbly always makes the celebration a bit more special...





A salad of fresh, hydroponically grown water cress ~ it's a little milder and more tender than the wild variety. Served with pink grapefruit segments, simply poached shrimp, and Prosciutto "Roses".













I like to serve the dressing drizzle separately in a little antique creamer, so each can add as much or as little as they like.



I made a creamy black pepper corn dressing this time, it complemented each component of the salad very nicely.



The main course was Steak Diane~ a classic favorite here.




Along with Potatoes Dutchess, tiny sauteed button mushrooms, and crisp, tender asparagus spears with lemon.





Dessert ~ Individual Baked Alaskas






I did them this time with a slice of butter-vanilla (store bought) pound cake for the base, with Hagen Daz Strawberry Ice Cream, and plain meringue. Garnished with fresh berries.







If you ever need a fast fix dessert, this might be the one to consider...







Any slice of leftover cake, or even a cup cake, sliced can be used as the base, then a cup or so of your favorite ice cream or sorbet, all covered in a stiff sweetened egg-white meringue and baked in a hot oven until the meringue turns lightly golden brown ~ and there you have it.


It was a really lovely dinner, and not too much stress on the cook. :)






~A Darling Baker Event~
I hope you had a very nice Valentine's Day as well!










21 comments:

  1. Love everything.. from the setting to the shrimp and grapefruit salad.. the duchess potatoes and Steak Diane..
    Your mini alaskas..are totally photogenic Mary..
    Just beautiful!

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  2. You've set a beatiful table, Mari. What a lovely Valentine's Day menu. I haven't had steak diane in years, you've reminded me how delicious it is.

    I hope your day was extra special.

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  3. Unbelieveable! Its so romantic and beautiful! I have never made steak diane. we are huge salad lovers here,,,that looks so good

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  4. Your romantic meal and setting is perfection! Just such a wonderful looking salad and steak meal and then you top it off with that glorious dessert. I hope your DH knows how lucky he is :-)

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  5. So pretty! Love the baked alaskas!

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  6. mary all day long your did perfection~ i love seeing your big pretty pics, it always puts a smile on my face, thank you darling!

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  7. So elegant and beautiful, Mari!
    The lemon peeping from the asparagus is nothing short of genius.
    Delicious!

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  8. It all looks beautiful, Mary..and the food looks delicious.Your pics are stunning..

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  9. What everyone else already said! I love the setting, the shrimp & grapefruit salad, the Steak Diane dinner, and the beautiful dessert. I'm sure your Valentine was swooning! ;-)

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  10. It makes my day to come to your blog, Mari. Everything always is done to perfection! Just beautiful :)

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  11. It makes my day to come to your blog, Mari. Everything always is done to perfection! Just beautiful :)

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  12. So gorgeous....perfection is all I can say.
    White tulips are my favorite!
    Mary you are an inspiration!
    L xoxox

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  13. Would you and Monique please open a bed and breakfast, so I can come stay.


    How beautiful is this.

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  14. Everything looks beautiful and delicious- as always. You do such nice work. Your Valentine is very lucky!

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  15. Oh Mari, Oh MY!!! The first thing I noticed were the white tulips..a favorite!

    Your meal was nothing less than perfection.. I can't believe you have asparagus like that this time of year and the berries..everything looked like you would have it in a five star restaurant!!

    Your photos are exquisite..do you give lessons????

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  16. im drooling all over that baked alaska!

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  17. I can't imagine a more romantic meal Mary. What a perfect setting!

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  18. What a romantic dinner, steak dianne, baked alaska by a fire, you can not get more perfect then that. Clarice

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  19. I sure wish I lived close to you, and could maybe benefit from some of these AMAZING meals that you create! You must have the happiest husband on the planet!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  20. Fantastically beautiful, Mari! The food looks soooo delicious & I ♥ your champagne flutes!
    The whole scene is one of caring & love. I hope you have many, many more Valentines Day celebrations.

    hugs,
    Rett

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