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Monday, February 14, 2011

valentine's feast

hello, lovely blog family.
sorry to have been m.i.a. the last few days!
but i have been a very very busy girl.

friday evening was family dinner
& the family get together for my birthday
& my niece, missy's, birthday.
bbq steak
grilled veggies
& bbq potatoes with onions.
yum.

saturday, andrew & i went grocery shopping
to prepare for the enormous feast i made this evening.
we also cleaned house.
:(
boo.

sunday was my birthday...
yippee!
we went to brunch at one of my favorite local spots:
seriously,
if you ever visit albuquerque
you must go there.

i had a mocha:

and the grove pancakes:

yum x infinity.

yesterday was also filled with tons of prep work
for tonight's dinner.

i decided that i didn't want to go out on valentine's day.
it's a hassle.
& why go out when i can cook just as good of a meal at home?
{for 1/2 the price!!}

so, we invited andrew's brother & his partner
& andrew's parents over for a delicious
homecooked
romantic
french
valentine's
meal.

it.
was.
delicious.

i wanted it to feel like a nice restaurant,
so i made a menu & framed it
& set up a nice little table scape.



i will be posting recipes & pictures all this week...
but for now, i'll leave you with the menu:
{& hopefully anticipation!}

{click image to enlarge}

well, until tomorrow!

dowlings, out!

{p.s.}
you must make your own mayo.
(it's essentially the same thing as aioli.
i added some extra herbs to make it an excellent dip for the crudite.)
it's very simple
but the taste difference is remarkable.

1 egg yolk
1 c vegetable oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon

1. in a food processor, add egg yolk & lemon juice.
have your oil ready to pour.

2. turn processor on low speed and start slowly drizzling oil in a thin, steady stream.
*you may need to add more or less oil.

3. stop when the consistency is that of... mayo!

seriously... amazing stuff!
here is a closer picture of the aioli & crudite!

2 comments:

  1. You are so freakin cute! This is super fancy - your presentation AND your menu! I don't even know what some of those menu items are lol. I love the framed menu and table setup! I WISH we had dinner parties so I could entertain all pretty like this. I will definitely be attempting to make that homemade aioli, can't wait for the other recipes! Happy belated birthday!

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  2. you have to make it! it's versatile enough that you can make it into a vegetable dip, salad dressing, sandwich spread and i'm sure a gazillion other things! worth the effort! :D

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