{In case you're wondering, that means "Everyone to the table to eat!" in Italian}

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day Feast

Around here we have our own Valentine's tradition: feed the kids dinner early (usually noodles or mac & cheese), put them to bed, and have a home-cooked feast and romantic movie at home. No baby-sitter, no crowds, and easier on the wallet. We enjoy it! We keep it simple so we don't have to slave away, but it's delish! We always have Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits, salad with tiny shrimp, and steak & seafood. This year we accompanied it with Welch's Sparkling Red Grape Cider (sometimes we do Pina Coladas) and chocolates for dessert. Dustin had seared scallops with a rib-eye steak, I had scallops and steamed snow crab legs. Here's the recipe for the biscuits:
Cheddar Bay Biscuits
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tb. baking powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 c. cold butter
1/2 c. milk
1 c. cheddar cheese, grated
2 tb. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. parsley
pinch salt
Mix flour, 1/2 tsp salt, baking powder, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Using 2 knives or a pastry blender (or your hands, like me), cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the milk, then the cheese. You can either roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 " thickness and cut with round cookie cutters, or just drop the dough onto a greased cookie sheet in 12 equal portions (I do the latter). Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, mix 2 tb. melted butter, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, parsley and pinch of salt. Remove biscuits from oven, and immediately brush butter mixture over tops, using it all. Eat while still warm.