While sipping your Champagne splurge on a simple cheese platter. The real delicacy will be a nice 1 ounce jar of delicious caviar. Serve on blinis with creme fraiche. The more traditional way to serve caviar is on toast points with chopped white onion, chopped egg white and egg yolk topped with a dollop of creme fraiche. Any way you serve it, it will be delicious. Locally, it is sold at Bristol Farms, Gelson's and believe it or not Bevmo has a good supply.
If you don't want to spend $150.00 - $200.00 a bottle, there are many great Champagnes under $80.00 to sample. One of my favorites is Lanson Brut and that runs about $45.00 - $49.00 a bottle. For a $30.00 bottle, Schramsburg Blanc de Noirs is really tasty. Up to you on what you want to spend. Remember the OC Wino's favorite is Lanson and I know my champagne, just ask me.
Dessert is now about Chocolate cake. Republique won my vote in LA. The salted Caramel center filling was incredible. In Orange County, Susie Cakes hands down was the most delicious chocolate cake ever. Milk had delicious cupcakes and Blue velvet cake.
Yum, Finish your night with fresh strawberries. Happy Valentine's Day to all and to all a good night!!!
Vichyssoise has very basic ingredients. I decided since I was cooking one soup for my friend who is under the weather, that I could easily make the zucchini soup for her as well. If you want to find the zucchini soup recipe, you can search in the soup category of my blog. The white funny looking tool in the third photo, is the handy food mill. It is a must when making purees of any kind. Not expensive to buy but comes in handy about twice or three times a year. It is great when making a raspberry sauce because it grinds everything down and makes the sauce very smooth and it holds back all of the seeds.