You can scoff all you want at Hallmark Holidays, but here at Rosemont we see Valentine’s Day as just a great opportunity to enjoy a meal prepared with care and love, eaten in close communion. The best way is to do a little cooking and baking yourself, and sprinkle in some leave-it-to-the-pros items that’ll push your Special Night into the forever-memorable zone.
Use your oven. Braise some short ribs from Rosemont Custom Cuts, roast a capocollo or pork loin, or combo the stove/oven for a New York strip steak. In the meat roasting pan or separate, apply 400 degrees to local parsnips, multicolor beets, celeriac and turnips, with red onions and plenty of thyme and rosemary. There could be a salad.
Before which, after which, around which, the following: some cute heart-shaped cheeses, Black Dinah chocolate truffles and bars, or our bakers’ chocolate/passion-fruit tarts, chocolate meringue cookies, and (yes!) pie pops!
If your Valentine is not also your cute-as-a-button toddler, there will be wine. Red bubbles are…well, pretty much the greatest wine in the world at any time of year. Grab a bottle of Lambrusco, Brachetto or rosé Champagneand your game is on. Red wine without bubbles does pretty well, too. Ask one of Rosemont’s wine mavens for suggestions for a deep, dark, luscious red, and then choose the sexiest label or maybe the heaviest bottle – there’s a time for that, and this is that time.
And get creative with your valentine’s gift this year. Our bakers are busy creating treats that say I Love You: Chocolate Pot de Creme, Pie Pops, Passion Fruit Tarts (with bittersweet chocolate crust), Red Raspberry Pies, Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies*, Chocolate Torta Caprese*.