March 7, 2011

This Week's Cravings: Romantic meals at home

You may be thinking "uh, people, Valentine's was a few weeks ago! Way to be late with the romantic meals!!" Well, shamey shamey - 'cause romance should be a year round endeavor.

A romantic meal doesn't necessarily have to be lobster, fancy desserts, cocktails - it can be the simple gesture of baking your loves' favorite cookies. Or coming home to find someone made your fave dinner. A table presentation of paper plates and candles is still sweet (fewer dishes!). I personally love coming home to find a hot bath and cocktail waiting - it's not a meal, but it's a definite culinary/romantic gesture!

So, this week please share - how do you romance your significant other in the kitchen? Drinks, dinners, desserts... bring on the love!!


Hubs and I love cooking together, it's a type of 'date night' for us. Sometimes we experiment with new recipes, or we bring out the classics. This recipe was an experiment- We saw the recipe on an Italian cooking show and immediately made it for dinner!

Pasta Aioli

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 2 Tb dijon mustard

  • 1-2 garlic cloves

  • 2 Tb lemon juice

  • salt & pepper

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • fresh basil

  1. A food processor would be fabulous - but a blender works well too. {Obviously, I have a blender!}

  2. Blend - on a low setting - egg yolks, mustard, garlic and lemon juice until creamy. I cut the garlic into smaller chunks to help this step move faster.

    While 'pulsing' the blender, slowly drizzle in oils. If using a blender check your settings - I have a 'crush' button that pulses on it's own so I don't have to keep pushing the button! Also, keep your lid on, just remove the little insert and drizzle thru the opening. Your goal is emulsification; creamy, thick and well combined. {You can over do this and actually make the aioli separate, keep an eye on the sauce and stop as soon as all oil is added and emulsified.}

  3. Salt and pepper to taste. Add fresh basil. My opinion? The more the better! But the original recipe called for 1/4 cup chopped basil. We scoured the stores in town, but no fresh basil. :( So we used 2 Tb dried.

  4. Pour into a plastic container and refrigerate until ready to use.

  5. Prepare your pasta. Strain and quickly toss with aioli - you choose the ratios. We used 1/2 the prepared aioli for one meal (for two people.) Refrigerate any leftovers and use within 1-2 days. Mixing with hot pasta 'cooks' the aioli; it sticks to the pasta beautifully and has a wonderful flavor.

The Pasta Aioli was a perfect accompaniment with steak - and would be wonderful with a glass of white wine.



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This Week's Cravings Schedule:

Feb. 7 - Valentine's Cookies & Treats

Feb. 14 - Sweet Po-ta-toes!

Feb. 21 - George Washington's birthday - share some cherries!

Feb. 28 - Bake for Family Fun month: Share kid-friendly tricks, tips and recipes!

March 7 - A candlelight dinner - Favorite Romantic Recipes

March 14 - Bake for me, I'm Irish!

March 21 - Chocolate. 'Nuff said....

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the country cook said...

Oh yum, Kristen! This sounds delicious.

Sarah said...

Love aioli! That pasta looks wonderful. It is possible the family gets this for dinner tonight.



Heidi said...

After almost 20 years of marriage, romance can take on many forms. Recently romance for my husband and I was improving our health together. We started exercising together and incorporated healthy meals, like Royal Pasta Proven├žal that I linked today, to our diet. Being healthy can be romantic!

roz said...

What a great recipe! I found you on one of the foodie blog hops today and am now following you! I've printed this off to make VERY soon. Thank you again and I hope that you stop by my blog, maybe follow back if you like, and oh, I have a blog hop for fresh recipes, decor, etc. on the weekends that I'd love for you to join! Be well! Roz at La Bella Vita

Meaghan Luby said...

okay, your pasta aioli looks AMAZING! wowzer! thanks for sharing!!! love, meg

carolinaheartstrings said...

Wow does that look delicious. Right up my alley for sure.

Ann Kroeker said...

Sounds fanTASTic! Love this as a close cousin to Spaghetti Carbonara, kind of. Thanks for linking to Food on Fridays!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I agree, this sounds perfect with steak!

Hey, do you want to submit this to Presto Pasta Nights this week? I am hosting and there are details on my blog. I'd love to add it to the round up on Friday, thanks!

Anniversary Flowers said...

My god that pasta sauce looks scrummy!! I can't wait to try out the recipe you made it look too easy! Thanks for sharing :)

Doris M McDonnell said...

Hi! I just found your blog doing an "aioli" search online--that looks soooooo yummy! I love that you are a mom who is passionate about God--me too! Blessings to you!