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Seduce Your Partner With a Super Supper


Recipe: Steak au Poivre With Pink Peppercorns

Are you planning an intimate dinner for two this Valentine’s Day? Then SavorSA has a few ideas for you.

We’ve assembled a menu that includes a number of aphrodisiacs to help you set the scene for some fun to continue after the meal.

Do aphrodisiacs work? There’s little in science to verify this, but the mind works in mysterious ways. You don’t need a degree to realize that people can react strongly to the swirl of aromas coming from a dish of pears poached in a syrup the mingles cardamon and honey in white wine.

People are also stimulated by the shapes of foods, which is why foods such as mushrooms, asparagus and, again, pears are considered in this category.

Long before Casanova, who reportedly ate 50 oysters a day to boost his libido, stars of the sea have been considered sources of potency. Think of Venus rising from the sea on her shell.

So, we suggest starting your meal with a crab cake or oysters on the half shell (make sure your fishmonger is reliable,  if you’re worried about the latter).

Steak by itself may not carry any aphrodisiacal  food, but it is a favorite. Dress it up with pink peppercorns in a sauce that’s guaranteed to make him or her swoon. Serve a mango-jícama salad on the side and your choice of vegetables.

For dessert, a poached pear earns points for its sensual texture as well as its aroma and visual appeal.

All of these dishes are easy to prepare, which is also a plus, because your mind is likely to be on other matters.

Enjoy your evening.

Recipe: Classic Crab Cakes

Recipe: Mango-Jícama Chopped Salad

Recipe: Poached Pears in Cardamon Syrup

Jansen, Svend wrote:

Hey John. Thanks for getting back to me. Hope all is well. I wanted to let you know about the Science Behind the Cocktail event coming to San Antonio in March. It's a very fun, entertaining event hosted at the McNay Art Museum. The press release is below. If you are interested in speaking to Tim Laird, our Chief Entertaining Officer and Steve Hughes, Master Blender/Spirits Scientist, I'd be glad to set that up for you. I have attached their bios along with an image of them. Or if you'd like to come out and do a story about the event and tour, I'd be glad to get you a few tickets. Just let me know. Look forward to hearing from you. -Svend

Thursday, February 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Svend Jansen
(502) 774-7825
svend_jansen@b-f.com

MISTOLOGY: THE ART AND SCIENCE BEHIND THE COCKTAIL COMING TO SAN ANTONIO
After-hours event at McNay Art Museum features hands-on demos, food and drink

WHAT:
Ever wonder if shaken or stirred is the best way to make a drink? Why bartenders always pour the alcohol in first and then the mixer? Does a garnish really influence the taste of your cocktail?

Mistology: The Science Behind the Cocktail, an after hours event hosted at McNay Art Museum, will explore the entertaining and educational side of cocktail creation.  The event, brought to you by Canadian Mist Whisky, begins at 6 p.m. with an interactive presentation from Canadian Mist's Chief Entertaining Officer (CEO) Tim Laird and Spirits Scientist Steve Hughes. 

Tim is the master at mixing cocktails while Steve, a member of Mist's Research and Development team, spends his day dissecting cocktails in a lab. Together, they will answer any and all of your bartending and science related questions. Not only the how, but also the why. 

After the presentation, attendees can apply what they learned with hands-on demos. If you prefer to kick back and let others do the work, there will be a bar staff on-site and plenty of appetizers to enjoy. The event is open to anyone 21 years of age and older with admission $8 per person for museum members and $10 per person for non-members. All proceeds will benefit McNay Art Museum.

WHO:
Tim Laird - Chief Entertaining Officer (CEO) for Brown-Forman Corp., a global marketer and producer of wine and spirits, including Canadian Mist. Tim is known for his making entertaining easy and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio interviews across the U.S.

Steve Hughes - Spirits Scientist for Brown-Forman Corp. Steve has been behind the development of several of Brown-Forman's award winning whiskies, including Canadian Mist, a Gold-Medal winning whisky made in Collingwood, Ontario.

WHEN:
Thursday, March 11, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, TX 78209

COST:
Tickets for the event are $8 for McNay Art Museum members and $10 for non-members. It is open to anyone 21 years of age and older.

RSVP:
Space is limited. RSVP by calling (210) 805-1763 or email reservations@mcnayart.org. 

For more information about the event, visit www.sciencebehindthecocktail.com. 

About Canadian Mist
Canadian Mist is an award-winning whisky distilled in Collingwood, Ontario with water from the pure Georgian Bay. Brown-Forman Corporation is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality consumer products, including Jack Daniel's, Woodford Reserve, Canadian Mist, Southern Comfort, Old Forester, Early Times, Finlandia Vodka, Fetzer Wines and Korbel California Champagnes.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Enjoy Life. Drink Mist Responsibly.
Imported and Bottled by Brown-Forman Beverages, Canadian Whisky, A Blend, 40% Alc. by Volume, Louisville, KY
(c)2010 CANADIAN MIST is a registered trademark.

Svend Jansen
PR Manager - Woodford Reserve, Canadian Mist, Early Times & Old Forester
Brown-Forman
850 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40210
Office, (502) 774-7825
Mobile, (502) 744-0462
svend_jansen@b-f.com

-----Original Message-----
From: John Griffin [mailto:griffin@savorsa.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2010 10:58 PM
To: Jansen, Svend
Subject: Good to hear from you

My e-mail is griffin@savorsa.com. Looking forward to hearing what you're
bringing to San Antonio.

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Eggs Sardou Offer a Taste of New Orleans


Poached Eggs“Eggs Sardou was created at Antoine’s, named after French playwright Victorien Sardou, and remains one of the grandest of the grand New Orleans egg dishes, of which there are many,” according to NOLACuisine.com. “I boiled fresh artichokes for this recipe, but it would certainly be all right to use good quality canned artichoke bottoms; in fact, I wish I had, it wasn’t worth the extra effort and cost.”

Eggs Sardou

4 poached eggs (see below)
1 recipe creamed spinach (see below)
1 recipe Hollandaise sauce (see below)
Slices of prosciutto, optional
4 artichoke bottoms
Paprika for sprinkling

Poached eggs:

Fill a dutch oven with 1 inch of water, heat until just below a simmer. Add a few dashes of white vinegar. Crack the eggs and gently drop them into the water, keeping the shell as close to the water as possible when dropping them in. With a slotted spoon, gently move the ghost like strands of white back to the yolk. The eggs are done when the whites are no longer transparent, and the yolks are still runny. Remove with a slotted spoon and gently dry off with a towel.

Creamed spinach:

1 cup cooked and chopped spinach, squeezed in a kitchen towel to remove excess water
1 pint heavy cream, reduced by 3/4 of its volume
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of cayenne
1 teaspoon Crystal Hot Sauce
Drops of Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt, to taste

In a saucepan over low heat, add spinach. Stir in cream. Add nutmeg, cayenne, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Adjust seasonings to taste and cook until flavors are melded.

Hollandaise sauce:

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup clarified butter, warm
Kosher salt, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Dash of Crystal Hot Sauce
Drops of Worcestershire sauce

Place the vinegar, lemon juice, and egg yolks in the top deck of a double boiler. The water in the lower deck should be hot but not boiling.

Whisk slowly until you see the yolks start to coagulate on the sides. If the pan gets too hot, remove it from the heat for a minute, whisking constantly.

Whisk while cooking, minding the bowl temperature, until the yolks are lighter in color and do not leave yellow streaks when the whisk goes through them. If you see any signs of scrambling, remove the bowl from the heat.

When the yolk/acid mixture is good and thick, remove from the heat and slowly drizzle in the clarified butter, whisking constantly, until incorporated.

Add the hot and Worcestershire sauces, and season to taste with the salt and cayenne.

If the sauce is a little too thick, you can thin it down with a few splashes of hot water.

Makes about 2/3 cup.

To assemble: Divide the creamed spinach in the center of two heated plates, nest two artichoke bottoms per plate on the spinach. Place prosciutto on each artichoke bottom, if using, followed by a poached egg. Top with a generous portion of Hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve.

Makes 2 servings.

Adapted from NOLACuisine.com.

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