Skip to comments.Weekly Cooking Thread - February 10, 2017
Posted on 02/10/2017 3:05:10 PM PST by Yaelle
Happy Weekend, Everyone! A little birdie in a kilt whispered to me that we should have a cooking for Valentine's Day theme this weekend, and that is a perfect idea. I love chocolate so let's get some tried and true old favorite recipes out, as well as some new challenges if you want. But don't stop at dessert! Lots of our true loves have savory desires on Valentine's Day. Steaks, beef stew, potatoes Anna or Baked with sour cream... what is going to delight your honey, family, or even just yourself this week?
Me, I'm thinking of chocolate this week. I keep hearing Sean Hannity's commercials for chocolate covered strawberries, but can't afford those. He deserves support for his sponsors, for sure, but if you ain't got the cash, let not your heart be troubled (lol). They are easy to make.
Get some good quality chocolate chips (you can spend more $ using bars of European chocolate too), like guittard or ghirardelli. Dark, semi, milk. Your preference. Some white for decoration.
Buy organic Strawberries if possible because pesticides really Get Into the berries. Get a lot. Either way, rinse them in batches in a colander, then dry well with paper towels so as not to stain your dish towels.
Melt the chocolate chips in a medium bowl in the microwave, 10 seconds at a time only. Stick a chopstick in after each warming to attempt to stir it. They will suddenly go liquid while faking you out by holding their little shapes.
The rest is easy. Just dip the strawberries by their green stems into The chocolate, and place them on silicone or parchment lined cookie sheets. Let them get hard in the fridge. To decorate with white Chocolate, melt some and put it in a little Ziplock bag. Seal it and snip the tiniest corner off on the bottom. Squeeze little squiggles of White onto the chocolate covered berries.
Make a lot because they will go fast!
What's cooking at your house? What will you make for Valentine's Day?
He's been a challenge and a pleasure for all these years. We will be doing fun things with him Sunday and Wednesday, returning to his favorite haunts, and feeding him his favorite foods (he is pretty fussy too).
Wishing all my cooking buddies a great weekend and a warm tummy and heart for this food and love oriented holiday!
Pinging you all! On my stupid phone so
Forgive any errors!! Happy V Day, friends.
Why did I say Wednesday? I know it’s on Tuesday!
We will have chocolate crème brulee on Valentine’s Day.
Steaks, mashed butternut squash, and roasted broccoli.
OOPS, forgot the link to the crème brulee.
Sean’s Sherry Berries are large, tasteless California berries and should be ignored. We in America have a two week window for decent strawberries - much like England - and that is in June, not February. Our finest strawberries are tiny, ripe and oozing deliciousness.
So let’s concentrate on...chocolate! I’m thinking of my Valentine’s Day recipe...
A mix of Italian and Hispanic? Only in America, kids, only in America! Fusion, baby!
Layers of Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse in chocolate wafer crust
w/ lots of whipped cream, garnished w/ chocolate curls and fresh raspberries
What a charming movie! Maybe we’ll watch this next week. I still sing Peggy Lee’s “We are Siamese” pussycat song.
Lol! Haven’t seen it in probably over 40 years.
But then he tasted my tres leches made like my SIL mother used to make it with a touch of orange and lemon in the milk and with strawberries rather then cherries on top.
He decided he prefers that cake.
I will have to dig out the recipe.
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