romance

Red wine + Chocolate

Could there be a better match made in heaven? I mean seriously. Forget about coffee with dessert—I adore dark chocolate with a glass of red wine or port. So why not combine the two? Have you tried Red Wine Hot Chocolate?!

I made a batch for Boxing Day and it was a straight-up treat. So rich and creamy and can I say it? Sexy. This is the perfect beverage to serve your sweetheart after dinner this week. And according to our Dallas forecast, Tuesday (Valentine’s Day) has 100% chance of rain so this lovely, warm drink will make your toes all cozy too.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Serves 4

2.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups whole milk

Pinch of salt

3/4 cup fruity red wine, such as Merlot, Shiraz, or Zinfandel

Whisk the chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, and cinnamon together in a medium saucepan. Add the milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until hot and smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in the salt.

Remove from the heat and add the wine. Divide among 4 small glasses or mugs, (or 2 large!) garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired, and serve. (recipe adapted from thekitchn.com)

Speaking of romantic meals, my husband and I don’t really go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. The crowds are crazy, service is often sub-par and the food is predictable. We like to cook dinner together on nights when all the other couples are struggling to get out on the streets . One year we made lobster risotto and some seared sea scallops with champagne-butter sauce. Another time it was Barolo braised short ribs with pimento cheese polenta. This year I’m feeling Italian—because I think it’s romantic. I want to open a nice bottle of chianti and share a big plate of spaghetti & meatballs a la Lady & the Tramp! I’ll snap a picture for y’all… Hope you too have a fun, safe and delicious week!

lady and the tramp

lady and the tramp

Tony Bennett can still belt out a tune

When my husband offered me a choice between attending a Tony Bennett concert and hearing Chris Botti, I had to go with the old guy. I’d never seen him perform live and have listened to his music for so long plus I feared it might be my last opportunity to hear him!
And I have to tell you, Mr. Bennett did not disappoint. His voice, his charm, and his joy made the entire evening so lovely and perfect. I found that during his first number, I was actually crying from the surprise and pleasure of how strong his voice continues to be! (He’s 89 and holding!) You may ask how I came to be such a fan of Tony’s because I am not the generation that grew up with his voice coming from the radio. However, I married a very romantic guy who loves all genres of music and especially the big band era. In fact, “our song” is “The Way You Look Tonight,” and although I think Ole Blue Eyes sings it best, I still love to hear Tony’s rendition.

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I think that romance is still important today—maybe especially today. And I also recognize how difficult it is to carve out time for romance with your honey. But it doesn’t have to be a Tony Bennett concert to inspire a sweet slow down in your life. Why not get a sitter for the kids on a Wednesday night, pop in a pot pie for their dinner and sneak out with your sweetie to the pizza joint for a quiet dinner? Or once the kids have gone to bed (or if the kids have already left the nest!) turn off the TV, turn on some music, and do a little shuffle in the kitchen or family room with your arms around each other. Just a thought. Just a suggestion. Spark a little romance.

Here’s the Menu for the week…nothing too fancy, just familiar and feel-good. Below is a an actual link to order and pay by cc. You will be able to choose your pickup date and time on this form too, but please follow the parameters as usual (order by 10am to pickup the next day and choose one of the below times). I’m trying to automate as much as I can to make your lives a little easier!

Have a great week—and don’t forget to order your Mother’s Day goodies for pickup Saturday at the Saint Michael’s Farmers Market!

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

Order online and pay by card

Valentine's Day - staying home and having the best meal of the year!

I won’t say that we’ve never gone out for dinner on Valentine’s Day…there was that time that our server at a (now closed) French restaurant insulted my husband and me by telling us that we “just didn’t understand fine dining.” And another year when the establishment lost our reservation and made us wait for an hour and a half. So unless you are at the beginning of a relationship, I am probably not the person to recommend braving the restaurant crowds to eat out this coming Saturday night!
However, I do recommend cooking a meal in that night with your loved one.  This has become a fun tradition for us, whether we cook with another couple or by ourselves. Get a babysitter and send the children to the other side of the house to pretend they are on a camp out. Then you can craft a romantic dinner together and eat by candlelight in the dining room!  Here’s what we are making this Valentine’s Day, and trust me – we will make it TOGETHER:

Appetizer

Lobster Roll Crostini

First Course

Mushroom-Parmesan Soup with Savory Biscotti

Roasted Beet Salad

Main Course

Filet Au Poivre

Truffled Mashed Potatoes

Sauteed Spinach

Dessert

Surprise

You will have to check my instragram account to see what we have for dessert! Follow me @buttersgourmet.

In the shop this week I’m making things that remind me of love – Chicken Parmesan, Caesar Salad, Chocolate Custard Pie…so let me know if you’d like to put some Butterfield Gourmet love on your dinner table! 2015 Menu for Feb 9