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Sweet suggestions for a succulent February

Posted on February, 03 2015

February 2015

We’re serving up romance with a sweetheart’s dinner.

For many couples, the experience of cooking together can be a very romantic activity. But sometimes it’s nice to stand back and feel like a guest in your own home. This year, Cupid’s arrow points in our direction on a Saturday night, which gave us the inspiration for a truly special, weekend “sweetheart’s dinner.”

Begin with Italian Wedding Soup, of course! This traditional soup is all about love — and starts with our house-made stock, to which we add escarole, spinach, orzo and sausage. For the main course, dig in to juicy Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Dried Fruit, spices and white wine, or slice up our Organic Roast Chicken with delicate velouté sauce. Both pair nicely with our Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Gruyere – and yes, couples that eat garlic together, stay together!

To complete your meal, it’s Cherry Lover’s Pie: Inside the “heartbreakingly” delicate crust are mounds of plump, tangy cherries that burst with flavor in every bite. End your night with a slice of this heavenly treat, and let Cupid work his magic… 

Sugar and spice makes this chocolate so nice!

Our “Don’t Miss" gift is back! And since February is all about hearts and chocolate, we’ve brought back the superbe Maison Bouche Fleur de Sel chocolate bars. Like its “noir” cousin we offered in October, the “lait” version (milk chocolate) is accented with French sea salt but with a lighter flavor profile just in time for spring.

We’ll be adding a Mason Bouche Fleur de Sel Lait chocolate bar to each qualifying order this month, while supplies last. So hurry, you won’t want to miss this one!

Turn Après Ski into dinnertime delight.

It’s officially mid-winter which means many of you will be Tahoe-bound. Whether for your student’s Ski Week break, or just a snowy getaway for President’s Day, you don’t have to worry about cooking after a day on the slopes — just take Jessie et Laurent with you. Place your order now and freeze it until departure time, or schedule a future order to arrive just before you head north. A cooler in your trunk is all that’s needed to safely transport our meals to your winter wonderland… Fine mountaintop dining has never been easier!

e-Bite Tip: Have your cake and eat it too.

The French are renowned for their ability to enjoy decadent meals while (astoundingly) remaining healthy, active and trim. This is partly due to the pace of their meals and the quality of their seasonal ingredients. While America is known for enormous serving sizes often devoured in a hurry, dining in France often involves numerous modest courses eaten over the span of an entire evening. This not only aids digestion but it allows the diner to truly savor the flavors in each dish.

So join us in “being European” and build your own multi-course menu. Consider sharing a Small portion as a starter, or host your own tasting menu with 2-3 Smalls for four people. After all, if a Frenchman wishes you well he’ll say mangez bien – which literally translates to “eat well.”

If you have a question or comment, let us know. We’d love to chime in – and then share it with others in a future newsletter!

Meet our latest addition: the newest Jessie et Laurent delivery van.

Keep your eyes open for the latest member of our Jessie et Laurent delivery fleet: a shiny new silver van, and Marcelo (pictured) is one driver who’s very excited about the news. On average, he drives 150 miles a day to bring our freshly prepared meals to homes throughout the Bay Area.

Many of you know Marcelo from his weekly deliveries, but what you might not know is that his wife Adriane was the first member of the family to work with Jessie et Laurent. Adriane joined our team in 1995 and later recommended her husband to us. She has since “retired” from driving, but her husband has now been with us nearly 10 years – and we definitely consider his family to be part of ours!

Marcelo is pictured with his wife Adriane and their 4 year old son, Kauan.

"Marcelo is a gem! My food is always perfectly tucked away when I return home, and the sweet notes he leaves behind make my day. It’s a treat to have him as MY personal delivery driver!”
– Sarah, San Jose, CA

Our gift certificates won’t melt in your hands.

Still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Instead of candy or flowers, consider giving a special someone the gift of effortless dinner. A week (or more) of meals is the easiest gift you’ll shop for – and you’ll end up looking like a kitchen superhero! Just visit our gifts page for options.

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

-- Charles M. Schulz

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