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!


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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