You don’t have to spend money
because we all know holidays were
created with the retail market in mind.
Just say “I love you very much” and
mean it every day in every way.  If you
do that then Love will always
be "in the air”.

In my house the perfect Valentine Day
dinner would be  Escargot on toast
points, Celeriac salad with Balsamic
Vinaigrette, Chateaubriand with
Bearnaise Sauce, and Chateau
Potatoes.  The dinner is finished with
Molten Lava Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream
and Framboise Sauce. Serve this with
glasses of champagne, merlot and
Gaslight Oatmeal Stout.  After that
it's time for one  Tuxedo Strawberry.

You eat together in bed and –well let
your mind and sense of intimacy finish
the mood.      Now,lets cook

*Chateaubriand for 2*

2 pounds beef tenderloin

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup watercress

2 tablespoons minced parsley

1 tablespoon lemon juice

salt and pepper

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Trim beef tenderloin of unnecessary fat.
The tenderloin should be about 1 inch thick, so if it's too thick, pound to flatten. M

elt 2 tablespoons of butter and coat over the surface of the meat.
Season with salt and a good amount of black pepper.

Preheat grill. Meanwhile melt remaining 1/2 cup of butter in a sauce pan.
Add parsley, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Pour into a small container and refrigerate.

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Place the tenderloin on hot grill and sear on each side for about 4 minutes.
Reduce heat and continue grilling until done.

Remove from grill and slice into 1/2 inch thick slices.

Serve garnished with watercress and butter mixture (called Maitre d'hotel butter).

*Chateaubriand is traditionally served with Béarnaise Sauce*
Béarnaise Sauce

This is a classic sauce that goes well over most grilled dishes.
This is one of the most versatile sauces in the world.

1 cup butter, melted and hot
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dry tarragon

Put onions, vinegar, tarragon and pepper in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Reduce to about 1-2 teaspoons of liquid. Stir constantly.
Remove from stove and let cool.

Put egg yolks and cooled mixture in a blender.
Process for about 1 minute or until completely blended.

Melt butter. Turn blender to high and slowly add the butter. Start out very slow.

Serve immediately. This can be a tricky sauce so go slow and watch it very carefully.
The sauce will get thick as you add the butter.
Do not let it cool after it is mixed because it will separate.
Chateau Potatoes

1 1/2 lb. of small red skinned potatoes washed-peeled
¼ c. of butter
2 T. of olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
salt and black pepper

melt the butter and olive oil together-saute the garlic for 1 minute
then toss the potatoes with the mixture, salt, black pepper

put on a pan and roast at 400 degrees until done about 40 minutes
toss with parsley(1/4 c.)and serve.
Buy a hand dipped Chocolate Tuxeudo Strawberry
and well-I can’t help you with the rest
and as always,......
remember you can do it!
Just read the recipe twice
and go slow
So until the next time we meet and discuss the finer things in life and
love- be well.
Live Long, Love Often,
Be Happy and Eat Well
Cynthia Soboti
Executive Chef
Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant
“Love is in the Air”-what does that actually mean?
What does the word Love really mean? Wikipedia
states that “love is any number of emotions and
experiences related to a sense of strong affection
and attachment. The word Love can refer to a
variety of different feelings, states, attitudes,
ranging from generic pleasure to intense
interpersonal attraction. The word is both a verb
and a noun.”

Yes it is- but it is also an abstract concept referring
to a deep, ineffable feeling of tender caring for
another person. Hopefully the feeling is returned by
that person. If so, we have the passionate desires
and intimacy of “
romantic love”.

February is the single most important month of the
year for thinking about love and the desire for
someone to share that with. If only we could make
every month February! When you think of that
someone who means everything to you, the one
who has promised to walk beside you all the days of
your life, to support you when you are feeling sad or
hurt, to be there to share the great times, bad
times and all the in-between times, to bring you
comfort and put you in first place always-then you
may have come close to describing the feelings of
true love".

If you are very lucky that same person will excite a
fire within you with passionate desires that will last
until you draw that final breath.  And when you do
take that breath your spirit will wait for them in the
after world. This I describe as a fierce “
intimate and
romantic love
”.  Some of us are lucky and find it,
some look their whole life. If you are one of the
lucky ones then remember your partner today,
tomorrow and always with the same feelings of
understanding, compassion and yes Love they show
you and maybe more.

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February - 2009