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Recipes for Valentine’s Day

I really don’t like Valentine’s Day.  In fact, I hate it.  And, no – nothing happened.  Nothing traumatic or heartbreaking happened for me to feel this way.  I can think of several other occasions to celebrate love besides a holiday concocted for it.  But, I’ll tell you what.  The best Valentine’s I remember is the first one I spent with Binks.  Specifically, he brought me a box of chocolates, which we ate standing over the sink.  I would take a bite and then give him the rest.  We did this methodically with the entire box.  Best. V. Day. Ever.

So, aside from the creepy flying baby in his underwear, the tolerable thing about Valentine’s is the food.  The glorious decadent food.  In honor of, I’ve put together a list of foods that I think would be great for any Valentine’s.  Happy VD my sweet friends.

1.  Raspberry Coulis


Drizzle this on – anything.  Pancakes.  Cheesecake.  Straight into your mouth.  Wonderful.

2.  Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


A little on the nose, but who can resist a beautiful red velvet cake?   And, I promise you that this cake is irresistible.

3.  Garlic Bread


This may not be on the nose and mostly on the breath but this garlic bread is completely worth it.

4.  Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing


I love making and decorating sugar cookies for Valentine’s.  It’s a creative and personal way to show someone you care.

5.  Cream Puffs


Looking more difficult than it actually is to make, cream puffs are a delicious way to impress a Valentine.

6.  Chicago Deep Dish Pizza


Pizza is a love in our house and this Chicago style deep dish is a decadent main course for a casual meal with anyone you love.

7.  Funfetti Cookies


A classic sugar cookie gets an instant glam makeover by adding your favorite sprinkles.

8.  Donut Muffins


I dare you resist donuts at any time.  Waking up to these in the morning will truly show a loved one how much you care.

9.  Pesto Macaroni and Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Peppers


All my favorite flavors and ingredients combine to make a dish that makes me swoon.

10.  Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies


These are a favorite cookie in my house and everyone that tries them falls in love.


Filed under Desserts, Favorites, Holiday

Mandelbaum Mandelbaum!

Now…just replace the baum with bread and you get —-  MANDEL BREAD!

“It’s go time!”

I am a big fan of Ashley.  I am also a big fan of biscotti (although I have never made it – just inhaled it).  Now, when Ashley said that she thought she found something “better than biscotti“, I just had to give it a go.  (Afterall, she did convince me to make my own coconut butter!)

After reading her recipe, I knew I wanted to try the vegan version!

Can I tell you something?  I have never ever made a vegan-version of anything before – let alone desserts!  It has been ingrained into me that to bake, you have to use butter, sugar and eggs.  This recipe blew that idea out of the water.

I made my first ever flax egg!

And then there was mandel bread!

Now, honey – let me teeeell you!  I just came from a week of eating chocolate chip cookies and this – as proclaimed by both Binks and I – this was one of the most delicious refreshing cookies ever!  I will absolutely be making these again.

The recipe was full-flavored, nutty, crunchy, and light.  Had a great crumb and went fabulously with my tea , and at night when I couldn’t help but grab more! 🙂

I used Ashley’s veganized recipe, but I used half whole wheat and half unbleached all-purpose flour.  I loved the flavor of this cookie!

And just like Mandelbaum – Mandel Bread won’t be beat!


Filed under Cookies, Desserts