Savory Recipes from a Sweet Night

Sunday, February 15, 2009

After celebrating Valentine's Day over the weekend, I have some delicious tried and true recipes to share! Each year Kris and I try our hand at cooking a new dish with eachother, and this year's menu ended up being another memorable lineup. 

Starting out with a simple but sumptuous Caprese Salad, a fresh tasting appetizer with towers made of alternating creamy mozzarella and juicy tomato slices drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I topped our tasty towers with basil in decorative heart shapes. 

Next we tried out a MyRecipes dish that I've had on my list to cook for some time, Pan-Seared Scallops on Linguine with Tomato-Cream Sauce. This seafood concoction is colorful and flavorful with the main ingredients, pasta and jumbo sea scallops, contrasted by aromatic cilantro, flashy diced and sauteed tomatoes finished with a beurre blanc sauce that made this recipe a keeper. 

This sweet treat is almost to pretty to eat!
Photo Credit: Allrecipes

As the perfect Valentine's Day dinner can't be complete without dessert, we cooked up a fabulous chocolate dish that was the culinary highlight of the evening, Molten Chocolate Cakes with Sugar-Coated Raspberries. This seriously-sumptious dessert was so good fresh from the oven with its warm ooey-gooey "molten" center. The tart raspberries added a whole new dimension to our chocolately treat. I'm sure this dessert would also be good topped with strawberries, pineapple and even marshmellows. I'll be sure to make this recipe again as a sweet finale to any special night! 


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