Check out these amazing homemade feasts you made in February

It’s almost the first of March, but I’m still thinking about Valentine’s Day. (Or maybe I’m just still eating Valentine’s candy.)

Either way, when I was browsing February’s #Austin360Cooks photos on Instagram — we got more than 400 submissions this month — I was delighted to see so many people treating themselves, their loved ones and even their kids with special homemade treats all month long.

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Contributed by @hawaiilifeatx

My kids and I spent Valentine’s eve making dozens of cupcakes for their classmates, but those treats paled in comparison to @hawaiilifeatx’s epic chocolate-dipped strawberry dessert. Marshall Taylor, a Hawaii-loving Le Cordon Bleu graduate, made a chocolate cup in which he served chocolate-dipped strawberries dipped in a variety of ganache and served with whipped cream, toasted pecans and cookie crumbs.

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Contributed by @thefoodiekids

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Contributed by @foodbanjo

The trio of kiddos behind @thefoodiekids recently launched their own blog, thefoodiekids.com, where they posted the recipe for a flourless chocolate cake they made for the holiday, and the husband-wife team behind @foodbanjo, Aimee and Josh Pruett, shared their recipe and photo for a vanilla creme brûlée on their blog, foodbanjo.com.

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Contributed by @allieeatsatx

Contributed by @thenicolai

Contributed by @thenicolai

Men across Austin, including @allieeatsatx’s boyfriend, pulled out all the stops for a special night in. He made filet mignon with sauteed mushrooms over a bed of grilled asparagus with a caprese salad. Nicolai McCrary (@thenicolai, nicolai.photography) made a dish worthy of a high-end restaurant anywhere in the country: scallops with salmon roe, watercress purée, shiso leaf and pickled carrot.

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Contributed by @supertsai

Peter Tsai (@supertsai) spent Valentine’s evening cooking moules frites to serve with an avocado salad and truffled burrata, but he didn’t bother with frying french fries. In a comment, he confessed that although homemade fries are delicious, they are so messy that they often ruin the cooking fun. He recommends the frozen H-E-B waffle fries, though for this dish he used Trader Joe’s fries tossed in a homemade garlic butter sauce before serving.

Contributed by @mexicanity

Contributed by @mexicanity

 

Contributed by @delishplan

Contributed by @delishplan

Hector Gonzalez Hernandez (@mexicanity) went all-out with hearts in a vegan taco filled with roasted sweet potatoes, radishes and Brussels sprouts greens. On the other end of the carnivore scale, Sharon Chen (@delishplan, delishplan.com) wrapped a beef tenderloin in puff pastry to make beef Wellington.

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Contributed by @emilyteachout

Emily Teachout (@emilyteachout, atimetokale.com) took on another classic with her take on lobster: a curried lobster tail served over butternut squash noodles with spicy tomatoes and basil.

Don’t forget to add #Austin360Cooks to your posts on social media to share them with hundreds of other Central Texans who love to cook. Here’s a gallery of our February submissions.


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