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Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial: Remoulade Sauce!

This week, The Dads want to encourage you to make your own sauces! Why buy store bought when you can make homemade quick & easy for less money? Bonus: The taste is so much better!

We made a Remoulade Sauce this morning since our friends will be coming for dinner tonight. The first course that we will be serving is an avocado sliced on the plate, topped with jumbo lump crab meat that has been tossed in this fantastic Remoulade Sauce!

When you make your own sauces, do you follow the recipe or add your own twists? What’s your favorite to make?

Watch The Dads video below for our tips and tricks!

Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial: Fresh Whipped Cream

For this week, we have a guest tutorial from Leah, Harris’ daughter. In the video below, Leah demonstrates how to make fresh whipped cream, infused with Grand Marnier. If you decide to give it a try, just beat 1 cup of whipping cream, 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, and 1 teaspoon of whatever flavor you prefer. Feel free to warm up any flavor with vanilla as well.

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The Dads’ Menu for an Intimate Dinner Party!

This week, we threw a dear friend’s very special birthday dinner!

The Dads' Party Table

Our friend, Xavier recently moved to the U.S. from Barcelona, Spain. So, this was his first birthday celebrated here in the U.S! We were delighted to be able to help make his night extra special!

Here was our menu plan for the evening:

5:00 PM

Guests arrive!

Happy Hour
· Bombay Sapphire Martinis
· Red Wine
· Antipasti Tray with Assorted Imported Meats, Cheeses, Olives, Peppers, etc.
(See The Dads’ Antipasti Picture below!)

The Dads' Antipasti Platter

6:00 PM

Dinner (Serving 6)

First course

Fois Gras pate’
– Wine pairing: Ice Wine

Second course

Poached Pears in Port Wine (See The Dads’ Recipe in our “Recipe” Section!)
– Served on a bed of salad with Gorgonzola Cheese, Spanish Candied Walnuts. Dressing: Homemade Balsamic Vinegar infused with Pear and Cinnamon Vinaigrette.

Third course

Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Parmesan Pesto
– Served with Pewee Potatoes roasted with Pearl Onions and French Green Beans. (See The Dads’ Recipe in the previous post below!)
Wine pairing: French Bordeaux

Fourth course

Harris’ Yellow Cake with Decadent Chocolate Frosting (See The Dads’ Recipe in the previous post below!)

The Dads' Yellow Layer Cake

Needless to say, the evening was a success!

Be sure to look under our “Recipes” and “Videos” tab to find our Rack of Lamb and Poached Pears recipe! Also, we will be posting Harris’ recipe for Yellow Layer Cake very soon! Stay Tuned!

Tuesday Two-Minute Tutorial: Peewee Potatoes and Pearl Onions

This week’s Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial is all about how to roast those tiny peewee potatoes that restaurants always serve. These can be great for any dinner from the most simple to the big holiday ones. We like roasting peewee potatoes with pearl onions. The onions get nice and caramelized, and give the potatoes great flavor. What an easy and impressive side! Check it out!

Dave’s Favorite Meatloaf Recipe!

Last week, we posted the video of Dave demonstrating how to make his favorite version of Glazed Meatloaf. However, here is his written out recipe so that you can easily try it at home!

If you ask Dave about this recipe, he will tell you that he “Love. Love. Loves!” this one! He says it comes out very light and with the perfect flavor every time. Give it a try for your next comfort food kick and let us know how it turned out!

Have any tips on how you make your meatloaf special? Let us know in the comments!

Dave’s Glazed Meatloaf

Ingredients:

Meatloaf

2 lbs Meatloaf Combo-Pack (Beef, Pork, Veal)
1 T Unsalted butter
1 Medium Onion, chopped fine (about 1 cup)
1 Med celery rib, chopped fine (about ½ cup)
1 Clove garlic, minced or pressed (about 1t)
2 t minced fresh thyme leaves
1 t paprika
¼ C Tomato juice (we use Spicy V-8)
½ C Low-sodium Chicken Broth
2 Large eggs
1 T Soy sauce
1 t Dijon mustard
2/3 C Crushed saltine crackers
2 T Minced fresh parsley leaves
¾ t Salt
½ t Ground black pepper

Glaze

½ C Ketchup
1 t Hot pepper sauce
½ t ground coriander
¼ C Apple cider vinegar
3 T Packed light brown sugar

Directions:

1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position; heat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare baking sheet (recipe recommends putting a metal cooling rack on a baking sheet and covering with aluminum foil then poking holes in the foil so the meet does not sit in the oil that comes out of the meat while cooking – this is optional).

2. Heat butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until foaming; add onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 6 – 8 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and paprika and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and add tomato juice. Cook, stirring to scrape up browned bits from pan, until thickened, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to small bowl and set aside to cool.

3. Whisk broth and eggs in large bowl until combined. Stir in soy sauce, mustard, saltines, parsley, salt, pepper, and onion mixture. Add combined meat; mix gently with hands until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Transfer meat to prepared baking sheet and shape into a 10” by 6” oval about 2 inches high. Smooth top and edges of the loaf, leaving a slight well in the top for the glaze.

4. Combine ingredients for glaze in small saucepan; bring to simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring, until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Spread the glaze evenly over the meatloaf and place into the oven to bake.

5. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 135 to 140 degrees; about 40 minutes. If the glaze looks runny and not fully cooked, I place under the broiler for until bubbly; about 2 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and let cool/rest about 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

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!

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!
Valentine's Day

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

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