This menu was as fun to come up with as it is to eat. They say oysters are an aphrodisiac but as shucking a raw one can be lethal, I steam mine just until they open and I can easily pry off the shell. They are easy to prepare and look very impressive on the table. The poussins (Cornish hens) require very little by way of preparation. The artichoke makes a great side and the heart is the best part. The molten chocolate cakes are also quick and very sexy, oozing with chocolate on the plate. Happy Valentine’s Day.
This is indulgent, but if you’re just making it for two it’s a delicious and decadent gesture. Feel free to skip the caviar.
Okay, it may not be the healthiest of indulgences, but cheese, really beautiful, well-made cheese, has to be one of the best things on the planet. Give me a slice of Camembert over chocolate cake any day.
Some good things really did come from the '70s: Toss some ingredients in on your way to work, and let the ensuing hours do the rest. Thanks to a slow-ass simmer, the flavors are deep and complex, and dinner's waiting for you when you get home.