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Archive for February 11, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY: Recipes With Heart

A couple of posts down we recommended Valentine’s Day gifts for the kitchen.

But at home, you don’t have to spring for a kitchen gift. With something as inexpensive as a large, heart-shaped cookie cutter, you can make Valentine’s Day special for your family.

You can buy cookie cutters in any housewares store. But you might want to go out of your way for the fetching versions from Wilton, in pink and red colors. Wilton also has a nesting set in six different sizes.

Use the cookie cutter to cut out heart-shaped toast for breakfast (how about poached eggs on hearts?).

For lunch, use a smaller heart-shaped cutter to cut garlic toast croutons for a salad. For dinner, cut out veggies after you’ve cooked them (heart-shaped beets would be perfect, and boiled potatoes are easy).

 

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What a cute cookie cutter! One of several pink and red heart cutters from Wilton.

And use a big cookie cutter to make a heart-ening dessert. Bake or buy your favorite loaf cake, slice and cut out hearts (this can be easier if you toast the slices), then top with ice cream and a luscious topping for a Valentine Sundae.

Here’s a recipe for individual heart-shaped devil’s food cakes from chocolatier Michael Recchiuti.

If you want to bake heart-shaped shortbread cookies while you’re at it, you’ll have lots of takers. Use this shortbread recipe from pastry chef Larissa Raphael.

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VALENTINE’S DAY: Gifts For Kids

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How cute are these ganache-filled penguins?
And more delicious than most chocolate.
Photo courtesy BurdickChocolate.com.

The kids on your Valentine’s Day list will be happy with just about anything that’s chocolate. It’s easy to pick up a gift at the drug store or even the supermarket.

But if you have a discriminating child—or you’d like to cultivate one—take a look at our Valentine’s Day gifts for kids.

You’ll find the best:

  • Heart-shaped cookies and brownies from Eleni’s Cookies
  • Browniepops on a stick
  • Chocolate peanut butter delights from Jer’s Handmade Chocolates
  • Burdick Chocolate’s adorable chocolate mice and penguins (see photo)
  • The Valentine’s Day version of black and white cookies

 

They’re pink and white, of course, and inscribed with love messages (Kiss Me, Be Mine).

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VALENTINE’S DAY: Gifts For The Kitchen

If you still haven’t decided on a Valentine’s Day gift, how about something heart-shaped for the kitchen?

Cookware, measuring spoons and tea strainers “with a heart” may be just what he or she would like from Cupid.

See all of our favorite “love”-ly kitchen gifts.

See more of our favorite Valentine’s Day gifts in every category.

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Heart measuring spoons from Beehive
Kitchenware. Photo courtesy Beehive.

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