Dear Friends & Readers,
Valentine’s day is not my thing. My hubby has got it easy because I do not want to go to overly crowded restaurants and I am not expecting flowers and chocolate. I am expecting that he cooks for me! Many of you know Kurt the Pirate, in person or through the pages of this blog. He is good looking, smart, fun, generous and kind hearted. But a chef he is not… that is my task: I cook, he washes the dishes, this is the rule of law in the Weiss/Palumbo household. For Valentine’s day I expect a role reversal: I will be happy to wash dishes if he cooks! This post serves to him as a reminder of what I would like him to do and to all of you, who reap the benefit of a partner who cooks. Give back! Cook for him/her, it will be much appreciated and very romantic.
You may want to consider a meal that is light yet satisfying because, really who wants to be naughty with a bloated stomach?
As an appetizer I suggest a platter of raw vegetables (I like carrots, asparagus, zicchini and celery) with a healthy but delicious dip that packs a little heat:
- 1 cup of fat free greek yogurt
- 1 cup of vegenaise
- 1 tbsp of sriracha
- 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp of onion powder
- 1/2 tsp of grade A maple syrup
- a generous pinch of kosher salt (about 1/4 tsp)
Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and refrigerate. Serve with the vegetables.
A perfect entree would be salmon cartoccio that is tasty, satisfying and very easy to make.
Finally you need a great dessert that is light and playful. My suggestion is that you make chocolate strawberries because there is NO One who would refuse that!
- 10 large strawberries
- 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate
- 10 skewers
- 1 sturdy glass or jar
Wash the strawberries and pat them dry. Make sure they are completely dry when you start the chocolate covering process. place the chocolate in a non reactive microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Open the oven door and stir the chocolate. Microwave again for 30 seconds and stir the chocolate. Repeat the process as many times as you need for the chocolate to melt completely. Skewer the strawberries lenghtwise halfway through the leaves like a lollipop. Holding the strawberries by the skewer roll them into the melted chocolate and cover all sides. put the skewered strawberries chocolate side up in a glass (do not use a plastic glass or it wll capsize – you need something sturdy here). Coat the remaining strawberries with chocolate and place them in the fridge so that the chocolate can quickly solidify.
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