It’s been said that the last luxury in the world is privacy. This is a meal for two to enjoy in private: at home. The do-ahead veal chops are seared on top of the stove, then baked in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes. Meanwhile, the pan juices are made in the searing skillet. This way, last-minute cooking is minimal.
Roast the fingerling potatoes and mushrooms with a final dash of pesto. It’s easy to do and appealing. If you want more vegetables and color on the plate, serve tender haricots verts tossed with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. And pour the best Pinot Noir you can find.
For dessert, coffee gelato is sauced with thick homemade bittersweet fudge sauce and sprinkled with chopped white chocolate and toasted walnuts.