Things didn't go exactly as planned, but Valentine's 2009 was a rousing success in my book..
Saturday (actual V day), I got distracted by a friend so that by the time dinner rolled around, I didn't feel prepared to do all the steps involved in making the full dinner. So, we had a quick and yummy meal at Parisi (one of the few places in the area that didn't take reservations and was therefore not booked) and I put together the blackberry cobbler quickly for dessert. I had Haagen-das vanilla ice cream to have on top. It was deelicious.
Sunday, I put together the dinner. I made shrimp sauteed with butter, garlic, and red pepper flakes for an appetizer and grilled filet mignon steaks wrapped in bacon (thanks, Costco!) and asparagus. The second side was polenta with Fontina and bacon. It was very tasty (how can you go wrong with cheese and bacon?) but made a lot. So I'll have a bunch left over for... breakfast maybe?
It was a relatively low key dinner. Grilling is so easy. But both the polenta and the cobbler required some thought and planning. How clever I was to break them up to different days! :D
How were your Valentine's Days? Fun, I hope.
Here's the remaining cobbler. I forgot to take photos of the rest. Ooops!
I liked the cobbler (how can you go wrong with pastry and berries?) but I've made a much better peach cobbler before. Next time I think I'm going to modify that recipe instead. And now that I've thought about it, I'm going to make that peach cobbler for my next dinner. After all, I have peaches in the freezer that I really need to use up. ;)