February 9th, 2011
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Chocolate? Champagne? That's soooooo last century. Our favorite (shhhh!) Top Chef All Stars contestant Richard Blais is working his wizardry on V-Day. In the second installment of his weekly segment on our Senior Junk Food Correspondent Ali Velshi's show - hosted today by the always dapper Don Lemon, he shared his method for maximum romance.

Here's a cheat sheet with the recipes which, in the words of a colleague who shall remain nameless, "Serving that on Valentine's Day would likely get a guy laid."

FYI – this is what he means by iSi.

Beet Champagne

3 cups bottled red beet juice
1 oz grenadine
2 CO2 charges


1. Combine beet juice and grenadine and charge with CO2 in an iSi Twist and Sparkle

Naked Oyster with Lemon Sorbet and Cucumber

12 raw oysters
1 cup lemon sorbet
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1/2 cup diced cucumber


1. Shuck the oysters and simply place a bit of all ingredients on top

Rigatoni with White Bolognese

6 oz veal shank
4 oz ground veal
4 oz Italian sausage sweet
1 oz carrot diced
1 oz celery diced
1 oz onion diced
1 oz leeks
1 cup white wine
1 sprig rosemary
1 oz oregano dry
1/4 cup chopped parsley
5 cloves garlic minced
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp creme fraiche
2 tsp butter
1/2 tsp umami paste
1/4 cup olive oil


1. In a pressure cooker coated with olive oil, start cooking the vegetables.
2. Add the meats and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add the umami, the wine, and seal the pressure cooker. Cook for 15 minutes.
4. Release pressure and swirl in the creme fraiche and butter.
5. Serve tossed with the rigatoni

EZ Bake Microwave Cake

1/2 cup flour
4 Tbsp sugar
2 each eggs
2 each egg white
Drip of red food coloring
3 each iSi NO2 charges


1. Combine ingredients in an iSi cream siphon and charge 3 times shaking vigorously.
2. Make slits in a paper coffee cup and spray with non stick spray.
3. Fill cup half way with batter and microwave high for 25-30 seconds

Hop on over to Ali's blog for last week's recipes for Buffalo Sweetbreads with Blue Cheese Foam and much more munchable magic.

Previously – Richard Blais: Super Bowl snacks: Now with added science!

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Isn't that twist 'n sparkly thing just a plastic soda syphon? You screw on a cartridge, dump in the co2 & presto? You can make your own carbonation device for under $10. Check out http://www.sodamaker.biz/diy.php to see how.

    February 23, 2011 at 5:24 am |
  2. Lucy

    WTF is "umami paste"? Is this a Blais-specific ingredient, like Emeril's "essence"?

    February 16, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  3. Kim

    Thank you so much for having Richard Blaise on the show. Not only is he an amazing chef and fun to watch, but a great role model – kind, altruistic, informative. I've always rooted for him on Top Chef and actively seek out programming that has him featured. I believe he deserves his own food show. I'm not alone in saying that it would be a huge hit! Thanks again.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  4. Loisa

    Wow. I think it will take me longer than an hour to do all of that, but the Twist and Sparkle looked neat. Not sure I would use beet juice, but I get the idea, red sparkling juice for Valentine's. Ahhhhhh. I would probably do Cranberry Juice and Lemon flavoured Vodka, or Cranberry Juice and Strawberry Juice, skipping the vodka.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  5. Eugene

    what in the world is prompting jesus statements? Go home... If I pushed Allah on you you'd be offended and fight back. Cut it out. This is about romance and relationships, Jesus already had his last supper... and your ministry is unwelcome

    February 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  6. jean


    February 10, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  7. Justina

    To lonely people out there. Don't yield into wrong doings just because you are lonely. You know what you want is true, lasting love by a worthy person and nothing of outer shells or momentary comfort because you are a valuable entity in this universe. Overcome this hard time period courageously. There's no hero who did not battle loneliness. Loneliness is one of the best teachers in life along with pain. You come to really understand the beauty, depth, and meaning of life by going through loneliness. Seek God and find Him and your place in this world by doing what is right. Don't disqualify yourself for the lasting honor by filling your lonely life with junks or hurting yourself. You were made for a distinctly good divine purpose. Fulfill your destiny in God in the midst of loneliness. Be a man of honor or a woman of grace for all time, in all seasons. Life is a battlefield, not an armchair, but the victory is guaranteed for those who look up to Christ.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • Apelwod

      Ummm, OK, but what does this have to do with beet juice?

      February 10, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  8. Justina

    Recipes for romance? It's vowed single-heartedness and courage to protect the beloved!

    February 10, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  9. jillmarie

    I saw that- they forgot the champagne! Not everyone had access to the chargers, either. The microwave cake sounds interesting, but again, requires chargers of some sort. Since I use my microwave in innovative ways myself, I'm actually happy, and slighly appalled at the same time that there is a microwave only recipe here!

    February 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  10. JBJingles@Graceful

    I'm with you on the Beet champagne...and where was the champagne in this?

    February 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  11. Graceful

    Okay, I like Top Chef, and innovation is fun sometimes, but this is craziness. And really, Beet champagne? EEWWW!

    February 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  12. Sheila Moyles-Garfield

    Thank you so much for having Richard Blais on your show. I love love love richard you should have him on all the time.Im making this dish for my husband for valentines day.

    February 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
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