Every year, my husband, Russell, gives me &20 of yard sale money. This may not sound romantic to you, Dear Readers, but to me, it is. You see, Russel doesn’t just give me yard sale money, he uses creative folding techniques to craft a special Valentine’s Day origami gift. The first year, he folded $1 bills (perfect for yard sales) into a bouquet, with stems and all. I didn’t want to spend it it was so pretty. Over the years I’ve received a box of money chocolates (WAY better than the edible kind) rings, a bracelet, a necklace, a rose and this year, Russ made a lotus flower. His creative folding is the envy of all my friends and I receive the gift that keeps on giving because I can milk $20 buck for ages at yard sales, believe me.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Readers! Remember to love the one you’re with. Who is the “one?” YOU! Love the one you’re with so you love the ones you’re with. Loving and accepting yourself is the first step toward loving others. It’s difficult at times, yes, but being the best “one” you can be leads to being the best you, you can be. If you need help, there’s always chocolate.
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow so best get making those plans for dinner. A “plan” is particularly helpful for a novice and/or fearful home cook because plans keep us focused and organized. I was recently the featured chef on a local Saturday News program and today I share the link to the recipes and table setting ideas I made on air. Simply click the link below and learn how to make Cranberry Chicken (adapted from my friend and co-author Sara Singer’s cookbook Mad About Martha) and my Chocolate Dip recipe adapted from my cookbook Cooking Up Life. I also demonstrate how to make a rose from a napkin with one fold, two rolls and a tuck. Now you’re ready for love day.
Here is the link to my recipes and cooking segments on #wmfztv Saturday News this morning! Thank you Bo Koltnow and Karin Mallett for having me!
Do you have a fear of cooking? No worries. Forget about it! In fact, forget everything about recreancy. (Recreancy means cowardice.) Fear is the main obstacle between most home cooks and a meal, please don’t let it be. Injuries can happen in the kitchen but so can healing. Foods don’t always turn out perfectly but that is an opportunity to learn. Cooking is a way to share ourselves through food and as an extension, to share love. Valentine’s Day is just two days away, setting aside F.E.A.R. sounds like just the ticket.
We got a light dusting of snow last night here in the east. Outside looks like Mother Nature gave everything a sugary hug. Speaking of hugs, don’t forget to share one with someone you love, possibly in the form of a warm, sweet drink. Happy Monday!
Baby it’s cold outside. It’s so cold outside my bones ache. Cold enough that I think to myself self, it’s time for mulled wine for her ladyship. Now you may be thinking mulled wine? Yep. It’s easy to make and fortifying too, There is nothing more warming to the bones plus it’s relaxes the muscles. Okay. Okay. Enough already right? I had you at baby.
To make mulled wine:
Fill your favorite mug with your favorite red wine (no judging).
Sweeten the wine with brown sugar to taste (start with a tablespoon)
A dash of Glogg (if you don’t have this spice mix, add a tiny pinch of ground clove and a bigger pinch of ground cinnamon)
Heat until warm over medium-lowheat. Serve in a mug.
-Of course the wine may be simmered over low heat longer along with a cinnamon stick and a while clove but above is the quick method to a warm drink.
Cooking on tv is such fun! I love planning the dishes to prepare, ideas to offer and dressing the set. I love making food the star and presenting ideas that might inspire viewers to cook up life!
Here is the link to my recipes and cooking segments:https://www.wfmz.com/news/lehigh-valley/ideas-for-valentine-s-day-treats/1008072624
I am appearing on #WFMZTV Saturday, February 9thas the Saturday Sunrise chef. The theme of the show will be Valentine’s Day. (Bet ya didn’t see that coming right?) Anyway, the first segment will be on breakfast treats and the second on dinner and dessert. ( Shocker right?) Well, I thought it would be fun to make hearty bacon. Get it? Heart-shaped bacon so I’m calling it “Hearty Bacon.” Cute right? It’s easy and fun to do. Best of all, the bacon is cooked in the oven so the mess is minimal. Best-best if all, it can be made ahead! Serve it with eggs and heart-shaped toast for breakfast (or sshhhh, dinner) pack it as a lunch or offer it as a snack with honey mustard (for your honey) to dip it in. Here is what to do:
1 package bacon (low sodium if you like)
Preheat the oven to 375°. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil and parchment paper.
Twist a strip of bacon until it cannot be twisted anymore. Bring the two ends together to meet in the middle. Make a small slit, 1 inch from the tip, into one piece. Thread the other tip through the slit and pull through for 1 inch.
Set the bacon on the prepared tray, shape into a heart, pinch the bottom. Pierce the bottom with a toothpick. Repeat with all remaining bacon, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until crisp, about 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through. (Thicker bacon may take longer.) Remove toothpick before serving. Store cooled bacon in the refrigerator.
This morning I did my first Root Chakra practice. I found it comforting and centering. In fact, Root Chakra has me seeing red. That’s perfect actually, Dear Readers, because while practicing Root Chakra, you are supposed to visualize a bright red ball. Red is the color of power, passion, courage and love. The instructor encouraged us to think of home. Additionally, Root Chakra is grounding. Combine the physical with the mental practice and the result is sublime peace. Try the practice with someone you love next week on Valentine’s Day. Thinking about home and love while focusing on passion and power is a good thing. Just a thought.
As it happens, Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year so that means only one thing, Dear Readers, planning. I’m thinking chicken and chocolate. I’m thinking chicken and chocolate because most of us have those two ingredients at home right now. I have been invited to cook up some easy romantic meal options this Saturday and you can bet, those two ingredients are on the menu. I am also planning to offer a cute gift project anyone can make as a romantic gesture, also with items around the house. Romance is not dead on a Thursday, but is is busy and tired after a long day of work so keep it simple and fun. Grab the chicken breasts and pound them flat and fancy. Bread and bake them until yummy and crispy. (Stuff then if you can.) Heat up a little cream and pour it over chocolate chips while you stir until it’s smooth to make a dip. Pass the dip around with cubed/sliced fruit, cake or something crunchy. Isn’t it romantic? Yep. I agree.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor