Picture this. It’s Valentine’s Day and you really want to wow that special someone. You want to create a very special evening and make a lasting impression. Unfortunately, you have champagne tastes on a beer budget.
What if I told you there was a way to make this happen. What if I told you that your Valentine could be totally “wowed” with what you have in your wallet right now? What if I told you that you could cook a spectacular, gourmet meal for your Valentine for under $50…a couple!
Chef Cidney “Cid-tastic” Wilcox took on the challenge of creating an amazing gourmet Valentine’s meal for two, on not much more than a Burger King budget. You won’t believe what she created for you or what $50 will buy your Valentine!
Oyster ceviche egg roll with a mango mingonette sauce
- Red onion tiny dice
- Diced tomato
- Red jalapeño
- Juiced orange
- Juiced lime
- Green onion
- Egg roll wrapper
- Red onion
- Mango diced
Put all in food processor except onions. Fold in onions after.
Braised duck legs/chorizo cassoulet with roasted poblanos, charred corn, beech shrooms, melted leeks, and seared bok choy
- 2 duck legs
- Chicken stock
- 1 onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- RubOn! Garlic herb salt, to taste
Cut excess fat from duck. Pat dry. Season with garlic herb salt. Sear in a seriously hot pan. Put in pressure cooker with chicken stock 1/3 of the way, throw in onion, garlic, and thyme. Close cooker and pressurize for about 30 mins.
- 2 Chorizo links seared whole, 1 diced, 1 whole sliced in half
- Soaked white beans
- Brown sugar
- Roasted diced poblanos pepper
- 1 ear of corn
- Beech mushrooms
- 1/2 onion, diced
In a skillet sauté diced sausage until browned, add onions and saute about 5-8 mins, add garlic, add beans and peppers
Char the corn on an open flame. Cut off and leave aside.
Grilled bok choy
- Salt and pepper
- Bok choy, split long ways in half
Seriously hot skillet and place bok flat side down with some weight on top until browned, flip for about 3 more mins.
About the Chef
For more information on Chef Cidney and her fabulous recipes, visit her website at chefcidney.com.