“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
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Friday, February 3, 2012
The Month of Love
If love, that blessed nomad, is your guest, treat him
One cannot think well, love well, sleep
well, if one has not dined well.–Virginia Woolf
The month of Love.
Hallmark has generated a lot of February’s buzz. But the month holds a lot of
allure on its own. It’s the month of
my wedding anniversary. 38 years. Gotta love that. We’ll probably celebrate eating out. And if you love
football, February is your month for friends and food. Did you know we Americans are expected to eat more than 1.25 billion
chicken wings on Super bowl weekend?
Lovin’ that. Hey, what do you think they do with all those necks? And of course,
there’s Valentine’s Day.
A day that just
wouldn’t be the same without that scrumptious food we love. Chocolate.
Estimates are that
will buy around 58 million pounds of chocolate during the days leading up to February
14th. I’ll be carting home a
Love and eating go hand in hand. In honor of February, I'd like to share a couple of recipes that I think you’ll love.They
come courtesy of a dear friend of ours who recently graced our plates and palates
with these fine foods.
Katie's Grilled Brie Sandwiches
A distinction of this sandwich is the Granny
Smith Apple which brings a crisp, tart and juicy element. The fig butter has
such a distinctive fruit flavor; full and wonderful. And what’s not to like about the savory mild
and slightly sweet Brie?
Make these like you would a regular grilled
cheese sandwich. Butter the outside of the bread. Butter the inside with the fig butter. Layer the sliced brie cheese on the
bread. Then layer the thinly sliced
Granny Smith Apples. Close the sandwich
Granny Smith Green Apples
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are some of the best chocolate chip cookies I have
had. Ever. Try them and tell me what you think.
The sprinkled sea salt is a touch that takes this traditional cookie to
a new class. Plus the dough lends itself
to many variations, like using peanut butter chips, instead.
Sift the dry ingredients together. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugars together
Add and mix in eggs and vanilla
Stir in the chocolate chips
Plastic wrap dough and place into freezer for
a short while to chill before baking. Or
place in refrigerator overnight.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.
Make your dough balls about the size of ping
pong balls on steroids.
Sprinkle the tops with sea salt.
Bake until golden brown. About 20 minutes.
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons Cake
1 2/3 cups Bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
¾ Cup butter
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (Madagascar)
2 large eggs
1 pound chocolate chips
Sea salt for garnish
February reminds me of December; lots of good cheer packed into one month.
Seriously, shouldn't we spread the love? Wouldn't it be cool to blend the best elements of December and
February throughout the year?
I like the idea.
Once upon a time according
to legend, this guy named Valentine refused a Roman Emperor’s edict and was
thrown into the slammer. Refusing an emperor never ends well. While behind bars, Valentine met the jailer’s
daughter who proceeded to visit him regularly. Probably brought in chicken
wings and baked cookies while they talked about whatever. Soon sparks flew and love
was in the air.
Cupid had shot his arrow.
The evening before his execution,
Valentine wrote his love a note that would forever change her life and ours.
He signed his beloved’s note, "From your