This past Friday, I was the featured Sunrise Chef on WFMZ's Sunrise program. I made Coq au vin, demonstrated how to make elegant butter roses and made Chocolate Dip. (The recipes are posted on my Recipes page.) Since Valentine's Day will here before we know it, this easy menu may come in handy. One of the subjects that came up while filming my segments was that the Coq au vin flames shoot up rather high. Yes, this is true. Flaming food is no joke and should be taken seriously so please, be careful.
Speaking of Valentine's Day, I think, V-Day should not include gifts unless it is a gift you make yourself. If you are new loves, stealthily try to figure out the favorite things to eat and drink of your (potential) significant other. Maybe they love chocolate or port or peanuts or chips. Try to incorporate the favorite into the evening. For example, if they love chocolate and potato chips, make my Chocolate Dip and dip potato chips into it for dessert. (Whatever Dip is leftover may be made into truffles.) Use potato chips to coat chicken breast and serve the chicken baked along with a salad and cold beer. See? Easy.
For my husband and I, Valentine's Day involves our children. I try to make something with flames and sauce, usually a Flaming Pork Chop dish I serve with sautéed apples and rice. For dessert? I make an old fashioned Wacky Cake recipe into cupcakes, which is my husband, Russell's, favorite and dip the tops in my Chocolate Dip. Easy+Fun=Perfect
Share what you're planning for V-Day in the comments section.
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