Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

There are just a few hours of Valentine's Day left, but I thought I'd post the little bag I knit today. I used the heart pattern from Monika's Scarves from the Heart pattern. I put some wonderful-smelling Soap Opera soap in it to give to a friend. It will be late as a Valentine's present, but that's OK.I was really lazy most of the day, but I finally rallied and worked in the yard a little. Then, I came in and fixed Russ and me a cheese and spinach souffle. It was pretty good. Why shouldn't it have been when it had a 1/2 cup of Parmesan and a cup of cheddar in it; plus, a little chevre. It was bascially a Cook's Illustrated recipe, but I improvised enough to feel like I can share it.

Cheese and Spinach Souffle

1/4 cup Parmesan
4 Tbsp. butter
1 shallot, minced
3 Tbsp. flour
1 cup Gouda or Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of dried thyme
3 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup spinach chopped

Prehear oven to 350 degrees. Butter a souffle dish with 1 Tbsp. butter and 1/2 of the Parmesan and set aside.

Saute shallot in 3 Tbsp. butter for about two minutes until shallot softens. Add 3 Tbsp. flour and whisk until smooth, about a minute. Add milk a little at a time until mixture begins to thicken, about a minute. Remove from heat and add eggs yolks, mustard, nutmeg, salt/pepper, thyme and cheese. Set aside.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with a handmixer until egg whites form stiff peaks. Fold into egg yolk mixture a little at a time.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.


Willow said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tracy said...

Happy Valentine's weekend...looks like you're having a great one! Such lovely treats...And thank you for your easy recipe--yum! May the rest of your weekend be sweet, rosy with love and delight! :o) ((HUGS))

a simple yarn said...

Ooh, love Cook's Illustrated! And that soufflé looks yummy!

JayJay said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you as well! Yummy, See's candy and cheese souffle. How can you go wrong? I love the cute knit bag, too. What a great idea.

Rani said...

YUYUUUUUUUUM! Happy Valentine's weekend!

marit said...

What a sweet little bag! The souffle looks prety yummy too...Hope you had a great weekend:-)

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, yum! Sounds like you had a wonderful, low-key day!