Sunday, February 15, 2009

Be My Valentine (part 2)

This year and last year Brian and I have celebrated Valentine’s Day and our dating anniversary (Jan 26) on one weekend in between. This year was our fabulous dinner in Portland, ME at Fore Street. We also make a delicious dinner on Valentines day. Last year we did a seafood risotto…mmmm. This year we went classic Steak House style!

We had lots of errands and things to do before dinner thought, so I made us a energy packed breakfast.

Veggie Omelets!

These babies contained (for two people):

  • 2 Eggs and 2 Egg whites
  • a little Skim milk
  • onion
  • orange bell pepper
  • broccoli
  • tomato
  • 1 garlic and herb laughing cow dotted throughout
  • reduced fat cheddar

Served with a toasted homemade Choco-Coconut Muffin!

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I spread a little Cashew Butter on some of my muffin…I couldn’t believe I found CASHEW BUTTER in my MOM’s fridge!! GO mom! (It was in there next to the Almond butter…yay for my influence hehe)


Our first stop was at a really nice meat shop in Wellesley, MA:
John Dewar & Co., Inc. My aunt told me about this place and they apparently supply meats for many high end restaurants in Boston! Perfect!

We went all out:


I have only ever eaten Dry Aged steak at really nice restaurants and never see it in regular grocery stores, so I was very excited to purchase one. A $30 steak for the two of us is still way cheaper than getting this at a restaurant!

I also grabbed these…because, well I love pickles :)IMG_2740

The rest of the day included:

  • stopping at Great Harvest for some bread! (we each got loaves of the 9-grain bread, and also got lunch there)
  • To the jewelers for my 6-month inspection on my engagement ring!
  • An Unplanned purchase at the jewelry store…Brian got his wedding band!! It’s so cool…I’ll post a pic when we pick it up sometime this week :)
  • Visit the grandparents

A steak needs some sides:

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And a nice red wine of course…I picked this up at TJ’s Friday night after trying a sample. It was really full bodied and flavorful, and I Liked it which is key since I don’t love all red’s.

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On to the main event: the meat! I probably eat red meat 1 or 2 times a month…if that! So if I do I want it to be goooooood.


It was 1.5 – 2” thick!!!


We seared it in a HOT cast iron pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, then placed it into a 325 degree oven for 8-10 min. Or so that what we were told.IMG_2745

(**We were also waiting for the meat thermometer to read 140 (med. rare), and it just wasn’t getting there, so we left it in a little longer…BAD MISTAKE! It wasn’t completely overcooked…still pink inside but I was SO upset, a steak like this NEEDS to be med rare or you might as well have just picked up a regular old grocery store piece…it was still good but I was really really disappointed…STUPID MEAT THERMOMETER!!!!)


The sides were delish though haha…

Oven roasted red potatoes with onion, garlic, EVOO, S&P!


Grilled Asparagus with EVOO and garlic, splashed with lemon at the end.


Dinner is Served

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Dessert was simple yet decadent…


Picked up some of this deliciousness at WF’s


  • Used the crepes I bought last week at WF’s
  • heated in the micro
  • Spread with the Choc. Hazelnut Butter (practically the same as Nutella),
  • Topped with sliced banana and strawberries
  • Rolled up
  • heated a little again
  • topped with 1 scoop Dulce de Leche ice cream (for him) and half a scoop for me, and half a scoop of vanilla.





I’d say minus the steak snafu, it was a success! And delicious to boot! I must say I had a FABULOUS Valentines Day!

Yay for no work tomorrow!! Mom and I are shopping for a dress for HER to wear at the wedding…this should be entertaining haha. We are staying FAR far away from bridal store “Mother of the Bride” dresses, I can’t stand those things!


  1. We have the same Cashew Butter at my house, it's delish!

  2. Hi! I found your blog and love it.

    Those crepes look delish! Congrats on getting his wedding band. My fiance and I haven't started looking for ours yet. We are getting married in July so we've been putting it off! But it feels like it's coming fast!

  3. What a wonderful food day! I love when I go home and my mom has good things she's learned about from me. Cashew butter is delicious!

  4. Looks like a great Valentine's Day Dinner, even if the steak was a little over cooked.

  5. What a GREAT dinner!! Have you guys ever tried Butcher Boy in North Andover? They have amazing stuff too!

  6. this is exactly what i made for bill on friday!!! dessert and all :) yum!

  7. Such a lovely feast, crepes, and....

    HAZELNUT BUTTER!!!!!!! My favorite :-)

  8. great dinner...and the crepes...they look especially incredible!

  9. When I saw that thick steak I was curious to see how you cooked it. We've never been able to cook a steak perfectly in our house (actually overcooked our steak tips on valentine's day too - boo). Everything still looks delicious though. Looks like many bloggers chose a night in instead of going out this year.
    See you tonight! :)

  10. Cashew butter and crepes?! DELISH!

  11. That omlette looks amazing - and choco-hazelnut butter???? YUM!

  12. great blog! your homemade valentine's dinner looks fabulous! i don't eat red meat that much either and always insist it is the best if i do!

  13. It was great meeting you. I'm just sad the table was so big so we couldnt' chat more. That all looks delicious, stupid thermometer aside. What kind do you have?

  14. What a lovey meal! Even lovelier dessert! Very fancy looking but so simple :) Congrats on the wedding fun!

  15. wowsa, GREAT dinner!! and your mom with the cashew and almond butter--score :) my mom doesn't like the natural ones :( but she gets other me-influenced stuff. that pb?? have not seen that!!

  16. Aw that looks amazing! :) Sounds like you had a wonderful Vday!

  17. What a sweet Vday! I think the crepes look like the best part!

  18. omg! i SO thought you were joking when you said your car was 3 miles away!!!! i would have given you a ride tooo! (just saw your post on elina's blog!) i feel like such a meanie hahaha!

    hope we all get together again soon, i had such a blast!

  19. I want to try cashew butter so badly! I wonder what it tastes like.

  20. Fun dessert, very decadent! Have fun with the dress shopping, eek! How exciting!

  21. what a perfect dinner!! great idea to make crepes..yum!!

  22. I've seen that Chocolate Hazelnut Butter before & almost bought it. How is it? Is is like Nutella? Your crepe dessert looks heavenly.