Crème de Tomates en Croûte
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Cream of Tomato Soup in Puff Pastry
Crème de Tomates en Croûte is a jaunty soup inspired by Bistro Jeanty, a charming French restaurant in Yountville, CA. Warm spices and smoky chiles elevate my humble tomato soup recipe. Crowned with a golden dome of buttery-flaky puff pastry…this is an elegant, yet easy first course for a dinner party or perhaps even Valentine’s Day?
Recette de Crème de Tomates en Croûte
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Chocolate Soufflé with Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
I waited for Valentine’s Day to present the third and final course of my re-creation of The Inaugural Luncheon.
Extending a special thank you to Executive Chef Shannon Shaffer of Design Cuisine and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for providing these memorable recipes. It has been an honor and pleasure to re-create and share this historical event on Taste With The Eyes.
The First Course
Lobster and Shrimp, Saffron Sauce, Peanut Crumble Recipe
The Second Course
Angus Beef, Dark Chocolate Juniper Jus Recipe
The Third Course
Chocolate Soufflé with Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
serves 10 people
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Chocolate Pots de Creme with Passion Fruit
Creme Chantilly and Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
Share a bite of luxurious French chocolate custard paired with intoxicatingly fragrant, simultaneously sweet and tart passion fruit or sexy creme chantilly or flaky sea salt. Treat your valentine to an interactive trio of flavors alongside Chocolate Pots de Creme to tantalize his tastebuds. Revel in the silky chocolate texture, the tropical musky passion fruit aromas, the dreamy whipped cream, and the satisfyingly pleasurable combination of sweet & salty. It’s entirely captivating!
Passion Fruit = Love
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Puff au Chocolat avec Fraises, Basilic, Fleur de Sel
Celebrate Cupid’s holiday with Puff au Chocolat! Heart-shaped, check. Chocolate, check. Strawberries, check. Plus somethings a bit unexpected on Valentine’s Day – basil and salt. But the combination really is stellar. And you’ll have plenty of time to spend with your sweetheart, as this recipe uses store-bought puff pastry and takes only about 20 minutes (active time) to compose.
You might serve some creme fraiche on the side or pair with a glass of sherry. We like Bodega Dios Baco NV Oloroso Sherry from Jerez, Spain which has wonderful aromas of nuts, vanilla and caramel with rich semi-sweet creamy flavors. Oloroso sherries offer a terrific balance between sweet and dry.
Puff au Chocolat Recipe
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Wild-Caught Fresh Black Cod
Stuffed with Fresh Black Winter Truffle
Crispy Rice Paper Wrapper
Truffle Oil/Truffle Flecks
This is special. An elegantly dressed all-green salad and a big, yeasty Champagne were its only accompaniments. The heady truffle with its unforgettable aromas, greatly affecting the mind and the senses, is purported to have aphrodisiac qualities. Would you consider serving fish sticks on Valentine’s Day?
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