FRESH Ideas: Valentine's Day Dinner

Tonight we begin a two part FRESH Ideas segment to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Christine Gardner shows us a dish that has ingredients sure to please your sweetheart: Sugar, champagne and homemade pasta.

Fresh Pasta with Glazed Cherry Tomatoes in a Champagne Cream Sauce


2 cups flour, plus extra for dusting
4 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups grape tomatoes
Pinch of sugar
1/4 cup champagne
1 cup cream
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup basil leaves


Add flour to a large bowl. Make a well with the flour and add the eggs to the middle of the flour. Using your hands break up the eggs and slowly begin working in the flour. Continue to combine until all flour is incorporated. Your dough should be slightly dry, not sticky but soft. If it is too wet add a small amount of flour. If it is too dry add a small amount of water. Flour a board and knead the dough for a few minutes until is elastic but still soft. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Using a rolling pin roll out slightly so that it is a more manageable size for the pasta machine. Set the pasta machine to the highest/widest setting. Roll it through two times for each number, turning the dough each time it is rolled. Continue to flour the dough as it is rolled out. The flour will help the dough stretch. Once you reach the lowest number on the dial, add the cutting attachment. Using a knife cut the length of the dough into sections about a foot long. Roll through the cutter to make the fettuccini size strands. Gather the strands loosely as they are cut and place on a floured board. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add a generous pinch of salt and boil the pasta for about two minutes.
To prepare the sauce add the olive oil to the pan. Add the tomatoes and a pinch of sugar. Sauté the tomatoes lightly allowing the sugar to glaze the tomatoes. Remove the tomatoes from the pan. Deglaze with the champagne and add the cream and bouillon. Bring the cream to a simmer and add the tomatoes and pasta to the pan. Toss well with tongs to completely coat the pasta. Remove from the heat and add the cheese and basil. Season with salt and cracked black pepper.

Cream Cheese Mousse with Chocolate Blood Oranges


8 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
2 blood oranges
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1 packet Knox gelatin
1 cup cream
1 cup chocolate chips
Powdered sugar, for garnish


In a large bowl add cream cheese, sugar, liqueur and the juice from one blood orange. Stir until completely combined. Place the gelatin powder in a small bowl. Add two tablespoons water and warm in the microwave. Stir until the gelatin dissolves. Add the mixture to the cream cheese and stir to combine. In another bowl beat the cream to stiff peaks. Fold the cream into the cream cheese. Place in ramekins or molds and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set. Peel the other blood orange and remove the white membrane from the segments. Place the segments on a paper towel and allow to dry. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler over simmering water. Dip the segments halfway into the chocolate. Place on wax paper and refrigerate until chocolate hardens. When the mousse and chocolate are set remove from the refrigerator. Top the mousse with chocolate orange segments and garnish with powdered sugar.


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