Happy Valentine’s Day and Dinner

After 47 years of marriage and 51 previous Valentine’s Days together, you might think the glow is wearing off a little.  Not so!  Only my wife could come up with a card that says it all so well!

Valentine

Our tradition is to give two cards, not just one.  You’ll be happy to know that the second was even more affectionate.

Naturally, I was overwhelmed with emotion, enough to make a simple celebratory dinner.  It was Gnocchi in a Sauce of Roasted Mushrooms, Cauliflower and Tomatoes.  I have no pix and provide no recipe, but here’s the essence of the dish, if you care.

Roast the Vegetables:

  • preheat oven to 400º F.  
  • cut 3/4 lb. of cremini mushrooms into halves or quarters, depending on size
  • put mushrooms on a large bowl, add olive oil, salt and pepper and a little pimenton
  • toss mushrooms with the seasonings and place on a roasting tray, along with rosemary leaves
  • roast in the hot oven, turning once or twice, until well browned
  • take a head of cauliflower, rinse and dry, and cut up into medium sized florets
  • toss florets in olive oil, salt and pepper, and put in a roasting tray
  • if your oven is large enough, roast cauliflower with the mushrooms
  • if not, roast after the mushrooms are done; the cauliflower will take 20-30 minutes
  • place mushrooms and cauliflower in separate bowls when done

Now start the sauce and the gnocchi:

  • in a sauteuse or saute pan, heat 2 Tbsp (or 3 if Barbara is not watching)
  • add chopped celery and 1/2 diced onion
  • heat until starting to brown; add minced garlic clove and 1/2″ slice of ginger, minced
  • when garlic starts to color, and 1/4 cup of white wine and reduce
  • add 3/4 pint of high quality Italian tomatoes and their juice
  • cook until sauce thickens
  • meanwhile boil 6 or more quarts of water; add salt when at rolling boil
  • drop  1/2 lb. potato gnocchi in the boiling water
  • cook for about 3 minutes, until they float to the top
  • remove the gnocchi and add to the sauce
  • heat all together of 3-4 minutes to combine flavors
  • serve in pasta bowls, preferably with floral borders for the occasion
  • add chopped parsley, if desired

Serve with Jan D’Amore’s amazing 2008 Polvanera Aglianico.  Even the bottle I opened three days ago and corked with Vacuvin was stunning.

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2 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day and Dinner

  1. Judy Seinfeld says:

    Sounds like a Happy V Day was had by all!

  2. dgourmac says:

    The Aglianico helped.

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