Valentine’s Day Compilation

Hey everybody, we thought out of all the recipes we’ve posted, these were the ones that’d be great to serve on Valentine’s Day:

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Crawfish Veronica

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Mushroom Ragoût with cheese ravioli

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Poblano Cream Pasta with Shrimp

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Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake Pie

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Red Velvet Hot Cocoa

These are just suggestions though for what to fix on Valentine’s Day. You never have to stick to the classic Valentine’s Day food. If you and your loved one want to eat something like pizza tomorrow, then you enjoy eating you some pizza !

Take care everybody !

Spinach Alfredo Linguine

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or ¼ cup water (we used Colavita extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 to 5 garlic cloves, chopped (we used 5 cloves)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 30 minutes in hot water, then drained
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth (we used Swanson organic vegetable broth)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (we used kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened nondairy milk (we used Silk plain soy milk)
  • 12 ounces linguine (we used Ronzonie Whole Grain Linguine)
  • 9 ounces spinach, thick stems removed, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Pour the oil into a large skillet and set the heat to medium. Once the oil’s hot, toss in the onion, stirring constantly for 4 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic in, continuing to stir for another 30 seconds. Pour the broth in, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Let the broth simmer for 5 minutes before taking the skillet off the heat.
  2. Take the mixture from the skillet and place it in a high-speed blender. Add the following ingredients to the blender, putting the lid on afterwards and processing until smooth: cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, paprika, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Add as much of the ½ cup of nondairy milk to the sauce as needed to reach your preferred sauce consistency (we poured ¼ cup in and blended it just to combine). Take a taste and see if you need to add any more salt and pepper (we did)
  3. Add the pasta to a large pot of salted water, stirring now and then until it reaches al dente. One minute prior to the pasta getting to the al dente phase, add in the spinach, stirring to combine. Drain the pasta and spinach, returning it to the pot afterwards. Pour the sauce in afterwards, tossing it gently to coat the pasta and spinach. Serve immediately, adding on a few grinds of pepper afterwards (we didn’t add the extra pepper).

This is supposed to serve 4 but it tastes so good you may want to double this so you can get the portion size that you’ll really want ! It’s so important to season this, the salt really brings out the cheesy, slightly smoky flavor in the creamy sauce. Don’t know if the spinach adds a lot of flavor but the pop of color it brings to the dish is really nice. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did !

This recipe came from Robin Robertson.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Colavita, Swanson, Silk, Ronzoni, or Robin Robertson.

Take care everybody !

Mushroom Ragoût with cheese ravioli

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 2 ½ to 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed (we used Colavita’s extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 12 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced about ¼-inch thick
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (we actually used 2 pinches)
  • ¼ cup dry red wine (we used Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • ¼ cup lower-salt vegetable broth (we used Swanson’s organic vegetable broth)
  • 10 oz. fresh or frozen cheese ravioli or other cheese-stuffed pasta (we used fresh cheese ravioli)
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano (we used Parmigiano-Reggiano)

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with water, salt well (we used table salt). Bring water to a boil.
  2. Pour 1 ½ tablespoons (we used 2 tablespoons) of the oil into a large skillet, setting the heat to medium-high. Once the oil’s hot, add in the mushrooms, ¼ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper, stirring just to combine. Spread the mushrooms out as evenly as you can and let them cook (without stirring them) for 3 minutes or until they look well browned on one side. Stir continuously for another 3 minutes or until browned all over and any liquid has evaporated (if the mushrooms look dry and the skillet begins to scorch, drizzle a little bit of oil into the skillet). Take the mushrooms out of the skillet and place them on a plate for the time being.
  3. Pour another tablespoon of oil into the skillet, setting the heat to medium. Toss the onion in and stir constantly for two minutes or until the onion looks translucent. Throw the garlic in and continue stirring for 30 seconds or until you can smell the garlic. Add in the tomato paste, stirring it around for a minute. Add the mushrooms and any accumulated juice back into the skillet. Now add in the flour, thyme and pepper flakes, stirring frequently for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the wine in and stir until it looks like it’s thickened, pouring the broth in afterwards and letting the mixture simmer until it’s reduced into a light sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta in that boiling water according to the directions on the package that they came in until they have an al dente texture. Drain and transfer the pasta into the skillet with the mushroom sauce, stirring to coat over low heat (we turned the heat off, knowing we’d have residual heat left). Serve individual portions, topping with cheese and parsley afterwards.

Serves 3 to 4 (maybe it’s because we had to use a 9 oz. pkg. that only had 10 ravioli but this only made 2 portions for us).

As soon as we took our first bite of this, we knew there wasn’t going to be any leftovers ! The heat was nice at first but near the end it did start to be the predominate flavor so we’ll try a single pinch of pepper flakes next time. The sauce was delicious but felt a little sparse after tossing the ravioli in it so next time we make this (and there will definitely be a next time), we’re going to double the sauce. The sauce and ravioli taste great together but adding that Parmigiano-Reggiano took it to the next level of yumminess !

Recipe source unknown.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Colavita or Swanson.

Take care everybody !

Drunken Mushroom Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1-1 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock (we used vegetable stock)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil (we used extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (we used unsalted butter)
  • 1 ½ lb. mixed fresh mushrooms, such as cremini, hen-of-the-woods and stemmed shiitake, wiped clean, then sliced (we used stemmed shiitake)
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped or grated (we chopped our garlic cloves)
  • 8-10 sage leaves, thinly sliced (we used 10 leaves)
  • About 2 Tbsp. thyme, leaves stripped from stems and chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested (about 1 ½ tsp.) and juiced (about ¼ cup) (we used 2 lemons so we could get ¼ cup of lemon juice)
  • Salt and pepper (we used kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper)
  • 1 lb. spaghetti (we used Ronzoni whole grain spaghetti)
  • 1 bottle white wine, such as Pinot Grigio (we used Beringer Main & Vine Pinot Grigio)
  • About 1 cup of freshly grated Pecorino Romano, plus more for sprinkling onto your individual portions
  • EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil), for drizzling
  • 3-4 Tbsp. chives, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Take a small saucepan out and place the dried porcini mushrooms in it, adding just enough stock to cover* the mushrooms. Set the heat to high and wait for a low boil to occur. Once it is at a low boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer for 2 to 5 minutes or until the mushrooms have softened. Take porcini mushrooms out using a slotted spoon, transferring them to a cutting board afterwards. Chop them up and leave them off to the side for now. Strain the stock so that any grit is removed, reserving the strained liquid for later.
  2. Take a large pot of water and bring it up to a boil to cook the pasta in later.
  3. Take a large skillet out and pour the two tablespoons of olive oil in, tilting the pan twice so the bottom is completely coated, setting the heat to medium-high afterwards. Once the oil’s hot, add the butter in, letting it completely melt. Add half of the mushrooms in, cooking them for 3 to 5 minutes or until they’re brown and fragrant. Take the mushrooms out of the skillet and repeat the process with the other half of the mushrooms**. Return all the cooked mushrooms to the skillet, adding in the shallots, garlic, herbs and lemon zest as well. Season with salt and pepper and pepper and stir constantly for 2 minutes or until the shallots have softened.
  4. Salt the boiling water (we used table salt), adding in the pasta afterwards. Cook the pasta a few minutes shy of al dente, about 5 minutes (we went with the 5 minutes).
  5. Add the chopped porcini and strained stock into the skillet, pouring the wine in next, waiting for the sauce to come to a boil afterwards. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let the sauce simmer for 3 minutes or until it’s reduced slightly.
  6. Drain the pasta and add it into the sauce, turning the heat down to medium-low afterwards. Toss the sauce for about 3 minutes or until the pasta is al dente and has absorbed some of the sauce. Take the skillet off of the heat and stir in the lemon juice and cup of cheese. Drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil over the pasta to marry the sauce with the pasta. Top with chives and enjoy !

*Our mushrooms started to float so we were never able to truly “cover” the mushrooms with the stock. We decided to pour in the whole 1 ½ cups.

**The first half of the mushrooms absorbed all the butter and oil so we decided to add another 2 tablespoons of oil and butter to the skillet before cooking the second half of the mushrooms.

Serves 4.

With a name like “Drunken Mushroom Spaghetti”, we had to try this out and see what the dish was like ! Unfortunately you’re not going to get drunk off the finished sauce but this was still a delicious, bright dish. You definitely taste the acidity from the wine and lemon juice and it pairs wonderfully with the salty Pecorino Romano. The chives can add a nice pop of color but we didn’t think that it added any real flavor, whereas some extra cheese only made it even better tasting !

Recipe source unknown.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Ronzoni or Beringer Main & Vine.

Take care everybody !

Lemon-Butter Sauce with Chiles

Ingredients

  • 1 chile de arbol, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup olive oil (we used extra-virgin olive oil)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 lemons, juiced (we got a little less than ½ cup of juice from our 2 lemons)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (we used unsalted butter)
  • 12 ounces cooked linguine (we used whole wheat spaghetti)
  • 1 cup pasta-cooking water
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • Salt, for seasoning to taste (we used kosher salt)
  • 1 chile de arbol, crumbled

Directions

  1. Pour the olive oil  into a large pot, setting the heat to medium. Once the oil’s hot, add in the sliced chile de arbol, stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes or until the chile is toasted. Now add in the lemon zest, lemon juice and butter, continuing to stir until the butter has melted. Add the linguine in, tossing to coat, adding in just enough pasta water to loosen up the sauce (if you need any water at all that is). Mix in the parmesan and season to taste with salt. Sprinkle the crumbled chile de arbol over the top and eat immediately.

This is such a bright, delicious pasta dish ! You definitely taste the lemon but it isn’t pucker-inducing. Surprisingly this wasn’t spicy though, we definitely would need more chiles to feel any heat in the dish. We still loved the flavor that was in the dish though and loved how easy this dish was to make !

This recipe came from Food Network.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Food Network.

Take care everybody !

Crawfish Veronica

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions but not rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Creole seasoning (we used Zatarain’s Creole seasoning)
  • ½ teaspoon blackened seasoning (we used Old Bay with blackened seasoning product)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine (we used Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (16-ounce) package cooked crawfish tails (we used a frozen 16-oz. package that we thawed)
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (we used Italian parsley)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: shaved Parmesan cheese (we didn’t use any)

Directions

  1. Add the cooked pasta and oil to a large mixing bowl, tossing so all the pasta gets coated in the oil. Set the pasta off to the side for now.
  2. Add the butter to a large Dutch oven, setting the heat to medium-high. Once the butter’s melted, add the onion in, stirring frequently for 5 minutes or until the onion’s tender. Add the garlic, Creole seasoning, blackened  seasoning, salt and cayenne to the Dutch oven, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Pour the wine in, cooking it off for 3 minutes or until it’s almost evaporated. Slowly stir in the cream, milk and lemon juice, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until the mixture’s slightly thickened. Add the green onion, parsley and crawfish into the Dutch oven, stirring for another minute.
  3. Add the pasta into the Dutch oven, stirring to coat for about a minute or until the pasta’s heated through. Take the Dutch oven off the heat and mix in the grated Parmesan, stirring until the cheese has completely melted (at this point we took a bite and decided to add more salt to bring out the flavors more). Take your portion and garnish it with the shaved Parmesan afterwards if you’re using it.

We’d never heard of Crawfish Veronica and decided to look it up online. Turns out, this dish is actually a version of Crawfish Monica, a dish served at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They say it’s a crowd favorite at the festival and we understand why ! This is such a delicious pasta dish, the flavor of the creole and blackened seasoning comes through but it’s not overwhelming. The flavor of the sauce and crawfish work awesome together, we couldn’t get enough of this tasty dish ! While we still enjoyed eating this the next day, we think it’s tastiest when it’s freshly made.

We got this recipe from Louisiana Cookin’ magazine.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Zatarain’s, Old Bay, Seaglass, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival or Louisiana Cookin’ magazine.

Take care everybody !