Yesterday, I decided to surprise my guy with a dinner. It was a long week, and I haven't made dinner like this in a long time. It turned out to be a good plan, and a good dinner. He insisted that I blog about it, so here it is. Here's the menu and links to the recipes, plus a few pictures (no laughing at my cake decorating skills (or lack thereof) please).
Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Quick recipe, but tasty. I try to make it or something like it whenever I bake bread.
Easy, No Knead Crusty Bread
This had a lot of rest time but the time it took to actually do things were pretty small. It actually turned out like those at the stores. We were impressed.
Coq Au Vin
This was quite tasty. I've never had it before, so I don't know if the taste was right, but I heard no complaints, so I guess it doesn't matter at that point.
Pan Fried Asparagus
These were excellent. I used less butter than the recipe called, and added the garlic mid way of cooking the asparagus. I also took it out just after it turns bright green. We like Asparagus sorta crisp.
Roasted New Red Potatoes
Excellent potatoes. Easy and tasty. Definitely will do it again.
Black Forest Cake
Wow... that stuff is strong! At least to me. E actually enjoyed it quite well. So, when you don't account for the fact that I can't decorate a cake at all... this turned out pretty good. Once the cake was finished and cooled, I poured the kirschwasser on them and let them sit for about 5 hours before assembling. If it were for me, I'd like it with less kirsch, but I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to that stuff.
[Update: 2.22.2009] I had some more cake last night, and the kirsch eased up in the cake itself, but was still strong in the icing.
Anyway, thanks for riding the day with me thru twitter. :-)