Articles Tagged Valentine’s Day

Whisky Caramel Brownies

Luscious fudge brownies draped with smoky scotch whisky caramel sauce will knock the socks off that little red heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. This crazy combo of dark chocolate and scotch will get cupid far on this night of love, at least in my whisky-loving world that is. Inspired by my absolute favorite chocolate truffle in Dallas, the Laphroaig Truffle from Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and my go-to brownie recipe from The Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook, this sinful caramel brownie is extravagant to say the least. I’m an avid whisky drinker while my sommelier husband is the wine snob of

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

4 | February 10, 2015

This isn’t really a recipe for Linguine with Clam Sauce but more of a recipe for Clams and Linguine with Red Sauce. I say that because a traditional red clam sauce is made by steaming pounds and pounds of clams, removing the clams from the shells, finely chopping, and then adding to a sauce. There’s not one damn thing wrong with that either, except for the scanty 20 minutes I have to get an epic family-style Valentine’s Day meal on the table. Our little family always has a Valentine’s Day dinner together. It’s an excuse for all of us to

Pistachio Lamb Chops with Cherry Port Sauce

Last month I asked you on Facebook and Twitter what you wanted me to cook for Valentine’s Day. It was a 50/50 split between lamb chops and scallops. I picked Seared Scallops on Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta and although it was fabulous the 5o% of you who wanted lamb let me have it! Hey, I’ve got no problems with cooking two Valentine’s Day meals and neither was The Husband! See, we both have jobs in the food industry and since most holidays revolve around food we always have to celebrate before the actual holiday. No worries though, that just

I’m going to get right to the point — this is an exciting post! Not just because there are scallops involved, because that alone is greatness; but right here, right now, I am going to share with you one of my most beloved — can’t be without — kitchen tools: my knives. Why is this so incredibly amazing, you ask? Because having the proper knife is really life changing. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert chef or an inexperienced home cook; if you have just one fabulous amazing knife, the doors are open for you to cook practically anything


Every Valentine’s Day I stay home and cook. Don’t feel sorry for me because I love it. It’s actually a gift. I get cook whatever I choose to and The Husband watches Mia while I belt out some Memphis Minnie or James McMurtry, drink wine, and cook up a storm. This year The Husband will most likely be out of town on the special day so while Mia was taking an extra long nap I took it as a sign from above that this was my Valentine’s Day present and cooked myself up a meal fitting for Cupid himself. It


If I was on a deserted island living off of coconuts, seaweed, and fish that I caught with my bare hands because I’m awesome like that, I would constantly be dreaming about this meal. I would make little sand castles in shape of porterhouses, sirloins, and filets and sear them on an open flame while the hermit crabs laughed at my insanity. I’m not ashamed to say it, I love love love love beef. I also love cows which makes this marriage of passions as wrong as a the Pope drinking straight Kentucky bourbon from a mason jar. Oh well,


Martyred saints, chubby cherubs, hearts and lace… it’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate with a rich dark chocolate cake and a beautifully tangy blood orange sauce. This cake is a chocolate lovers dream as the absence of flour lends its way to a moist velvety texture with a crisp crust that pairs perfectly with a uniquely tart red blood orange sauce. Flourless Chocolate Cake with Blood Orange Sauce serves 8 to 12 6 Tbs unsalted butter, plus more for pan 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (70% cocoa) 1/4 tsp instant espresso 1 pinch sea salt 6 large


With today being another snow day, I wanted to be able to make a recipe that Mia could help out with and enjoy. I searched and searched and all I could come up with were cookies that I had no interest in making. But as I was scrolling through the blogs I frequent most for ideas or recipes, I found the perfect savory snack for a snowy day. On one of my favorite blogs, Smitten Kitchen, I stumbled upon and old recipe, Cheese Straws, and was immediately inspired to create these…Beet Heart Shaped Cheddar Crackers with flax seed. I choose