Crème de Tomates en Croûte

Cream of Tomato Soup in Puff Pastry

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, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Soufflé with Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

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.

Inaugural Luncheon Menu

The First Course

Inaugural Lobster and Shrimp with Saffron Sauce and Peanut Crumble

Lobster and Shrimp, Saffron Sauce, Peanut Crumble Recipe

The Second Course

Inaugural Luncheon Angus Beef with Dark Chocolate Juniper Jus

Angus Beef, Dark Chocolate Juniper Jus Recipe 

The Third Course

Chocolate Soufflé, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Soufflé with Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
serves 10 people

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Chocolate Pots de Creme with Passion Fruit

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Passion Fruit, Chantilly Cream, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

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

puff au chocolat avec fraises, basilic, fleur de sel

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.

xoxo

Puff au Chocolat Recipe

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black COD black TRUFFLE in crispy rice paper

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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