Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and
This Valentine's day, skip the crowded restaurants and treat your date to a truly special evening with a romantic dinner for two prepared by Chef Dawn in the comfortable, intimate setting of your own home. Or invite over a few friends for a Couples in the Kitchen hands-on cooking class, a couples dinner party, or even a singles reception or dinner.
Check out these healthy and delicious recipes from a recent cooking demo for Cloverhill Bakery's health and wellness group:
Chef Dawn lived and worked in Italy in the small town of Colle Val d'Elsa in the region of Tuscany. She spent several months working at the rustic Slowfood restaurant, Officina della Cucina Popolare, learning the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Following her stage at Officina, she traveled and tasted her way around Italy with stops in many regions including Umbria, Veneto, Piedmont, and Lazio. She is eager to share all that she learned about authentic Italian cooking with you by introducing three new Italian dinner party menus:
Antipasto della casa
assorted cured meats, cheeses, crostini, and fantasia della chef
Pici cacio e pepe
Tuscany's most loved dish!
Hand-rolled thick spaghetti pasta with a simple sauce of pecorino and black pepper
Hand-rolled meatballs of beef, pork, and veal (ground in-house) with pecorino, garlic, and parsley, simmered in pomodoro sauce.
Three seasonal side dishes
Cantuccini con vin santo
Crunchy twice-baked almond-orange cookies with “holy wine” (a fortified dessert wine)
Sformatino di pecorino
pecorino cheese custard with sliced pears, lavender honey, and fennel pollen
Gnocchi di patate con zafferano e pecorino
Potato-semolina dumplings with a creamy saffron-pecorino sauce
Tagliata con rucola e parmigiano
Aged strip steak with arugula and shaved parmigiano.
Three seasonal side dishes
Crema bruciata al caffé
Espresso-infused baked custard with a crisp burnt sugar crust and dark chocolate-coated coffee beans.
Hearty peasant-style vegetable, bean, and bread stew
Risotto con funghi e tartufo bianco (Piedmont)
creamy Arborio risotto with seasonal mushrooms and white truffle
Veal shanks braised with tomato, wine, and aromatics until fork tender, lemon-herb gremolata
Espresso-dipped savoiardi, zabaglione custard, cocoa
"Last night was just fabulous! Thank you so much - you and your sister - for helping make such a wonderful birthday celebration for Amie. She thought it was just so great and so did I. The food was beautiful in presentation and just yummy - meaning delicious. And you two were so easy in the home, so careful and clean and fun to be around. We hope you enjoyed the experience. You know we did. So thanks again, so much."
- Jeffrey (Evanston, IL; in-home dinner for two)
A NEW DAWN personal chef service offers monthly, bi-monthly, or weekly meal service, dinner parties and special celebrations, and private cooking classes and hands-on cooking parties, all in the comfort of your own home.