Red is the color of passion, desire, and love.
To celebrate our 22nd Valentine’s Day I cooked a special red dinner for my sweetheart. I did this last night because he had to work today and doesn’t usually get home until 7:00 p.m. Yes, most companies don’t close for Lincoln’s Birthday, which was Saturday, and why the Post Office, banks, and schools are closed today – not because it’s Valentine’s Day 🙂
Both these dishes sing Spring with fresh fruit flavors and a brightness that says, “Winter be gone!”. And both are from Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce cookbook, a collaboration between Melissa’s Produce and Orange County’s own award-winning food writer Cathy Thomas.
An elegant and velvety Frei Brothers Pinot Noir was the perfect pairing for this dinner bursting with fruit and berry flavors and the earthiness of roasted beets. For dessert, we enjoyed a bit of dark chocolate while we savor the last of our wine.
I’ll post the recipes for these two stunning dishes this week and tell you more about this fantastic cookbook (that’s also a comprehensive guide to making the most of every season’s organic bounty), and how I happened to luck into one just before Valentine’s Day. ♥
Doesn’t that look yummy! Thanks Priscilla!
nice job… way to jump on the cookbook, isn’t it great? hope you and your sweetie have a fabulous valentines day.
i’m almost done with the oc bites blog… let me know if you would like to feature your post or another in the future…
22 Valentine’s Days…how wonderful! And how delightful this meal looks…so rich and flavorful. I can’t wait for the recipes. Thank you for sharing with me tonight. Hugs and well wishes from Austin! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Kate @ Diethood.com
I can’t wait to see the recipe for that pork tenderloin!
Cheers to 22 and here’s to another 222! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!
Beautiful dinner, Priscilla! Congrats on your 22nd Valentine’s with your Valentine. I like both the salad AND the main dish. Looking forward to the recipe posts. 🙂
5 Star Foodie
An amazing dinner! I love the red theme! And wow, 22nd Valentine’s day, that’s wonderful!
kelly von hemert
Red x 3 = algebraic aphrodisia!
Looking forward to seeing the recipes from your “red dinner.” Love this idea, and I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day 🙂
Great minds think alike!! I just bought some beautiful blood oranges to make that salad!!! Yours looks beautiful and I am sure it was absolutely delicious!! I can’t wait to make the pork dish either!
Love blood oranges :-)) Actually just had some blood orange and fennel salad for dinner yesterday.
The grilled pork tenderloin with cherry relish looks fabulous.
22?? WOW! What a lovely meal – here is to many, many more!
Oh I do love this salad recipe;-) It is just a beauty and if I was home I would run out to the market this very minute to get the ingredients. I keep thinking of red, red, red and beets and blood oranges, so delicious, thanks for sharing. I will look for the cookbook;-)
Magic of Spice
Looks like a fantastic meal:) Looking forward to the recipes…
22nd Valentine’s!!? wow!
I wish I could get a Lincoln’s bday off too haha. At least I get a President’s day off. whoo hoo.
Saw the salad recipe in a later post. Man, look at the color. So Valentine!
The pork and the sauce look delicous. Can’t wait for a recipe.
what great post, thank you – thank you! the salad looks so juicy and delicious- the recipe for the coconut rum sabayon should be up today or tomorrow… don’t you just love it? it’s one of my favorite recipes.