Guy and I made a very decadent Valentine's Day dinner this year, steak au poivre and potato gratin. Guy was in charge of the steak. He started by cooking the steak with pepper in a cast-iron pan, then added chopped shallots, olive oil, cognac, and an entire cup of cream to make the sauce. It was delicious.
The last picture (of the completed meal) doesn't do it justice at all. That photo is disappointing...but the dinner wasn't!