Use a cookie cutter to cut vegetables and fruits into hearts (photo © Boursin).
 Look for red or purple fruits and veggies (photo of red Belgian endive © Melissa’s Produce).
 Cauliflower florets in “passion” purple also belong on a Valentine cheese board. Also look for purple asparagus, bell peppers and green beans (photo © Sid Wainer | Facebook).
Here’s an easy and fun snack for Valentine’s Day.
While our go-to with cheese was Valley Lahvosh Cracker Hearts, they’ve become harder and harder to find.
An aha! moment came when we saw this crudités presentation from Boursin:
To spread soft cheeses like Boursin atop the vegetables and fruits.
As Valentine accents on a cheese plate.
Or, substitute your favorite dip for the cheese.
FRUITS & VEGGIES TO CARVE
If you have both small and large heart-shaped cookie cutters, so much the better. Cut up:
Apples (red skins)
Beets (orange, red, yellow)
Bell peppers (orange, red, yellow)
Pears (especially red-skinned, like Anjou)
Purple potatoes, cooked to a slicing consistency
Watermelon radishes or other large radishes
What about the cores of pears and apples?
It’s easy to use a coring tool.
Or, like olive pits, simply eat around them and place the cores in a bowl.
NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE CUT INTO HEARTS
Some items can simply be scattered, such as:
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Purple cauliflower florets (photo #3)
Red cerignola olives
Red endive (photo #2)
Flavored cream cheese or pimento cheese.
Other spreadable cheeses.
Chicken, crab, egg or tuna salad.
The leaves of red endive, by the way, are excellent “boats” to fill with:
BEYOND VALENTINE’S DAY
The idea also works for other “loving” occasions, such as anniversaries, bridal showers and Mother’s Day.