Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I've had a lovely Valentine's Day. Wayne gave me some flowers and chocolates. I made brunch for Wayne, Mom and myself trying a new quiche recipe using Gruyere cheese, eggs, cream, green onions, leeks, bacon and spices. It was wonderful. Wayne said it was "too rich" but I noticed that didn't keep him from taking a second helping. The recipe for the crust is one that I found in Cook's Illustrated Holiday Baking magazine. It's secret ingredient is vodka. If followed exactly as written, it makes the most delicious, flaky crust I've ever tasted. For my quiche, I chilled the crust (in the pie plate), lined it with foil, added pie weights and baked it at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes until it was barely golden brown. Then I added the egg, cheese, cream mixture and popped it back into the over at 400 for about 40 minutes ... ummm good! Croissants with raspberry jam, fruit, hash brown potatoes, cranberry juice, coffee and chocolate hearts completed the meal.

Tonight we plan to watch
Chocolat, one of my favorite movies, perfect for a romantic Valentine's evening.

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