Were you able to get your hands on Prime beef? Prime is all the difference in the world but as you said pricey.Ok, so I was a Chef for twenty years and just recently got out of the business two years ago. I miss the fine foods and such so each month I make an amazing meal for me and my girl. I mean you could not even get a meal done like this in most restaurants.
-Citrus Cous Cous Salad with dried cranberry, orange segments, sliced almonds, roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, butter lettuce, spring mix, shaved Parmesan cheese, and a citrus vinaigrette.
-Creamy Brocolli Cheese Soup with Garlic Crostinis and Basil Oil
-Sauted Spaghetti Squash with White Wine, Chicken Stock, Butter, Roma Tomato, and Fresh Parsley
-Mashed Celery Root and Yukon Gold Potatoes with Grilled Leeks and Garlic Cream.
-Pepper Seared Cherry Wood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon 10oz. each.(Very pricey but well worth the squish)
-French Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with Raspberry Sauce and Grand Marnier Whip Cream.
-One bottle of fine Petite Syrah!
I could go into details on the prep but this is a two hour prep time just for this meal and there are several skilled techniques used in the knife work. I will try next time to take more step by step pics and get you a better recipe explanation but I just wanted to share this wonderful meal. It was absolutely fantastic! I am so full!