Thursday, February 19, 2009

Valentine's Day!

Ok, I'm a little late but as promised, here are the pictures and the menu from Valentine's Day. I made all of this for my boyfriend and myself over the course of 3 hours so that each course had plenty of time to settle. I was nervous he might not like something but he LOVED everything! I decorated the table with my nice dishes and a center piece I made ^.^
First was the Fig and Toasted Almond Brie which I served with baguette slices.

The second appetizer was steamed oysters. I had never had oysters before. Despite how strange and someone gross they looked in the jar, they were pretty good. Always up to try new things. =)

After that settled I made up some Spring green's salad with Heart Shaped Croutons I had made and a Olive Garden copy-cat dressing. The main course was Sesame Seared Tuna with a ginger dipping sauce that I found on Martha Stewart's website. That was wonderful!

Finally for dessert I served Raspberry Mouse filled Dark Chocolate Boxes. I had a bit of a hard time making the boxes the night before. I had to make the cookies, dip them in dark chocolate and then when they cooled, glue them together with chocolate dipping sauce and left them in the fridge over night to set. They didn't want to stay in place when I was making them but they were practically inseparable by the time I served them. lol
We watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding and WALL-E and gave each other a little gift. Over all it was a wonderful Valentine's Day. I love being able to cook for the ones I love. Hope everyone else had a good V-day as well! Take Care!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Wow, it's been forever since I've posted on here but things have been really crazy. I haven't had a chance to cook or bake anything here lately except what I can make in my dorm room. But Valentine's day is coming up and I've been very busy trying to make it perfect! I'm not going to say what I'm doing yet but I will definitely take pictures and tell everyone what I did. ^.^ I'm hoping it won't cost too much to make everything. Money is kind of tight this year so my boyfriend and I didn't want to do too much for each other. I can't help it though, I love giving people gifts.
I found a school in Raleigh that has a culinary arts degree program! I can even specialize in baking and pastry. I want to go there next year but I want to make sure that I would have the same job opportunities as I would if I stayed at a University and got a 4 year degree in Hospitality Management instead. I feel I should just go to the Culinary school because I don't want to manage some chain restaurant, I want to be the one actually making and designing the cakes. We'll see, I'm going to go talk to the people at the school Friday and get all my facts straight first. Think that's all for now, post more after V-day. Take care!