This year, to celebrate Mom's birthday AND Father's day (which fell on the same weekend), I decided that the best I could do was break out the big guns and prepare a meal and dessert that are only reserved for VERY special occasions: Individual Beef Wellingtons and Homemade Chocolate Eclairs. Both of these items are truly labors-of-love. Somewhere between dicing dozens of mushrooms for the Duxelle and vigorously whisking the pastry cream, I felt one of the most rewarding feelings ever. While I was struggling to perfectly enclose the beef in the puff pastry and clutching my cramped wrist after piping dozens of Pate Choux eclairs, I realized this. My love of cooking developed because of my Mom. I was blessed to be able to attend Culinary school because of my Dad. And now, I was using my special talent, that they both nurtured and encouraged, to honor THEM. What a treat for me as a Chef. There is no event more satisfying.
The Wellingtons were delicious. Mom was thrilled and ate every bite. The Eclairs...well I don't know if I've ever seen my Dad grinning from ear-to-ear like a little boy, and shoving 4 of them in his mouth as fast as possible. I don't think any award or accolade could make me as happy as seeing my wonderful parents truly loving something that I made especially for them. Love you guys!
Served with Root Beer Gravy! Yummy....
Homemade Chocolate Eclairs:
Comment if you'd like recipes for Individual Beef Wellingtons or Homemade Chocolate Eclairs. They really aren't that difficult on their own. :) Maybe just don't prepare them together on the same day.....
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