Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Perfect Rose Centerpiece Made Easy!

In the video below, Harris uses white roses to demonstrate how to make a beautiful centerpiece. It’s important to ensure that your arrangement isn’t too tall. Anyone who has been to a wedding knows how frustrating it can be to try to talk to the other people at your table when there is a towering massive centerpiece. We always keep our arrangements short to encourage conversation which is important at any dinner party.

Making your own floral centerpiece can seem daunting, but using a flower arranging frog makes it so easy! The holes in the base evenly space the flowers. Frogs can be hard to find since they are fairly old-fashioned, but try popping by your nearest antique store or search online to inquire. There are modern versions as well! Buying your own flowers is much less expensive than purchasing a flower arrangement from a florist. So why not have some fun and create your own impressive centerpiece with them? Send us a picture of your homemade arrangements, we’d love to see your creativity!

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Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial: Make your own Wine Vinegar!

For this week’s Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial, Dave shares how to make your own custom wine vinegar. You can use this for any recipe which requires a fancy vinegar for much less money! Try making your own wine vinegar and using it to make last week’s tutorial- vinaigrette!

Roasted Peppers: A Colorful & Healthy Appetizer!

Here is a quick tip from The Dads on Roasted Peppers!

Recently we were buying sweet peppers for a couple of our recipes. We noticed the store had on sale the Trio bag of peppers in different colors. We decided that even though we didn’t need all of those peppers, it was still cheaper than buying the two individually.

What to do with the extras you ask?? We sprinkled some extra virgin olive oil, Kosher salt and pepper… and roasted them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Next, we placed them on a platter and served them at room temperature.

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Roasted Peppers can be great make for a great side dish, but we served them as an hors d’oeuvre with the cocktails!

Our guests loved them! Who would have thought something so simple and healthy could be such a big hit?!

Classic Comfort Food: Glazed Meatloaf

Try Dave’s favorite Meatloaf recipe for your next family meal! This comes out very light and still the perfect flavor! Dave demonstrates in the video below how to make this perfectly glazed meatloaf. We’ll warn you- this is not your mom’s meatloaf!

With fresh herbs and big flavor, this meatloaf takes a little longer than those other meatloaf recipes out there, but the proof is in the pudding… or is that loaf? We’re not sure, but you should try it out!

Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial: Balsamic Vinaigrette!

We stopped buying dressing years ago, and you can too!

Check out this week’s Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial to learn how to make Harris’ Signature Dressing- Balsamic Dressing. This dressing requires only 3 ingredients! Seriously! Harris uses just a plain Balsamic, but any quality vinegar will do! Never buy store bought again!

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 part Dijon Mustard (We prefer Grey Poupon)
  • 4 parts Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to season

Directions:

Add the vinegar and mustard in a bowl.

While slowly drizzling in 4 parts olive oil, Whisk together all of the ingredients. Once emulsified, simply season with salt and pepper.

Ideas for a Romantic Dinner at Home!

Dave shows off his decorating skills with a romantic tablescape for two- just in time for Valentine’s Day! He decided to use the family room as his setting for his special dinner, rather than the kitchen or dining room. Dave also breaks out the best china, silver, and crystal to celebrate in style! Check out the transformation in the video below!

Changing up your setting just by changing the room in which you enjoy your meal can make for a surprisingly elegant and intimate evening. Try planning your Valentine’s dinner in a room that is filled with your own memories. Check out some of these cool details Dave adds to his Valentine’s Day table!

Dave’s Special Valentine’s Day Menu (Let us know if you want us to do one of these recipes!)

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Here, he uses their special red tinted Waterford glasses and unique bottle opener!
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And here are the name tents for dinner. Even if it’s just the two of you, name tents will make your dinner at home feel professionally catered! These elegant cherub-shaped name plate holders are from Germany and bring back lots of wonderful memories.

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From our hearts to yours- Have a Beautiful and Happy Valentine’s Day!

With Love,
The Dads: Harris & Dave

Princess Diana’s Poached Pears: A Romantic Dish for Valentine’s Day

Inspired by Princess Diana, this is a very special dish that we only make for very special occasions!

Princess Diana's Poached Pears

Poached Pears are beautiful as a dessert, which is the way Princess Diana preferred them. Or you can place them on top of a salad which is how we like them at The Dads: Harris & Dave! Make these for your loved one on Valentine’s Day or any day you want feel like romancing! Nothing says “I Love You” like these babies!

As a bonus, you will be left with our “liquid gold” sauce that you can use for the rest of the year! The “liquid gold” is great over ice cream or even as a base for a rich vinaigrette! That’s amore!


Poached Pears in Port Wine

(Recipe adapted from In the Royal Manner, Paul Burrell, former Butler to Diana, Princess of Wales.)

Ingredients:
3 cups ruby port wine

  • 1 cup cabernet wine
  • 2 strip lemon rind
  • 2 strips orange rind
  • 6 tablespoons redcurrant jelly
  • 2 cinnamon sticks broken in half
  • 6 ripe pears
  • ½ lemon
  • Directions:

    Pour wines into saucepan.  Add citrus rinds, jelly, and cinnamon sticks.  Bring to a boil, stirring until the jelly has dissolved.

    Meanwhile, peel the pears, leaving the stalks intact.  Since the bottoms if necessary so they stand up straight.  Squeeze and rub the juice of the lemon on the pears to prevent browning.

    Place the pears in the sauce pan with the wine.  Bring back to a boil, removing any surface scum.  Once the wine returns to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover; turning every ten minutes and spooning the wine over the pears to allow all sides of the pears to absorb the wine mixture.  Cook until the pears are tender, about 45 minutes.

    Remove the pears using a slotted spoon, reserving the wine and set the pears in a heatproof dish.  Return wine mixture to the heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and cook until the liquid is reduced and syrupy, 15 to 20 minutes.  Pour liquid through a sieve to remove any pieces of cinnamon, etc.  Allow to cool before serving.

    These delicious pears are wonderful served standing straight up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with the wine syrup. 

    They are also a wonderful topping to your salad.  Imagine baby field green salad with gorgonzola cheese, a few cherry tomatoes and a few Kalamata olives, topped with the poached pears.  So good!! 

    Slice the pear in half lengthways. With a paring knife trim, off the stem and core very carefully, as the pears are very tender.  Slice pears lengthways in ¼ inch slices, holding pear intact and fan on top of the salad.  Top the salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

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