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Valentine's Day Dinner

Our menu was geared for something special, that I could also pull off on a long work day (10 to 6:30 with two 1 hour breaks between clients).

Filet mignon with gorgonzola and balsamic reduction sauce
Polenta hearts with mozzarella and marinara
Broccolini with almonds, bacon and raisins
Chocolate tart

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The steaks were all last minute. Sear meat for two minutes per side. Top with crumbled gorgonzola. Bake for 15 minutes in a 450 oven (for medium rare).

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I made the polenta in the morning, and left it in a sprayed 9x9 cake pan to chill. While the steaks were searing, I cut hearts and topped them with mozzarella. I baked them right along with the filets and added the microwaved marinara at the last second.

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While those steaks and polenta hearts were baking, I sauteed broccolini in a drizzle of oilve oil, adding almonds, raisins, and bacon (that was already cooked).

I made the balsamic reduction during an afternoon break and reheated it. This is my standard recipe:
1 c. balsamic
1/2 c. port wine
3 T. brown sugar
Bring these three ingredients to a boil, and reduce to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat and stir in 2 T. butter until butter melts.

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I made the tart crust and filling in the morning before work, then added the chocolate and decorated it during an afternoon break. I used the old standard fruit tart recipe, substituting tempered chocolate for fruit. (I think the chocolate ruins it, but Brad was a happy camper, and this saves me lots of extra calories!)

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Comments (6)

Kim:

I never thought about using cookie-cutters on polenta - that's an excellent idea!

chiaro:

Palma, hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. I always enjoy the photos you post showing what's cooking.
I ended up sick yesterday afternoon so we didn't order from our fav. Italian restaurant like we planned. My DH brought home red roses for me though and I ordered tickets for him online of "We Will Rock You."
So what's the next holiday you will cook for?

Palma:

June,
Hope you're better! Let's see, I'm bringing dessert to an Oscar party next weekend, then I guess it is St Paddy's and Easter!

Palma - the steaks look great - I've been craving red meat and this just might be the trick. Thanks.

nancyhol:

It all sounds delicious. Lucky Brad!

A question, Palma. What is the heart shaped item in the post just below this? It is beautiful!

Palma:

Nancy,
It is the heart pin I bought in Cambria LAST year at Slow Bowl 1, when everyone else was at the fist winery. It is made of clay.

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