Source: Pink Grapefruit and Purple Pansies Brighten a Valentine's Day Salad
Some people care to receive flowers for Valentine's Day, but if you're like me, you would prefer an edible arrangement. While this salad isn't technically a bouquet of any kind, it does contain a colorful sprinkle of edible flowers. I chose purple pansies, snapdragon, and violets to keep in line with the Valentine's Day color scheme, but you can use bright yellow marigolds, orange nasturtiums, and other known edible flowers too. You'll find the flowers are mild in flavor and taste much like greens (slightly peppery and leaf-like).
Slices of pink grapefruit also adorn the salad. If you do not like the bitterness of grapefruit, try salting it before tossing the slices in with the greens. It neutralizes the tartness, letting the essence of the grapefruit flavor shine through. Slices of watermelon radish add a bit of crunch and vibrant color. Compared to other radishes out there, watermelon radish is mild in
- YumSugar | Shine Food – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 3:00 PM EST
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Tue, Feb 5, 2013 5:00 PM EST
Whether you're prepping yourself for Valentines Day, or just looking to imbue a little color into this season of greys and blahs, you're going to love these 8 fantastic recipes for pink cookies. Have you ever made a pink coconut macaroon? Well, isn't it about time?! How about a pink shortbread chocolate chip cookie? Get out your baking sheets…we're ready to paint this town pink! From simple sugar cookies to splendid homemade fortune cookies, these pink treats are the perfect addition to your kitchen. - By Brooke McLay
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One of my favorite winter meals is warm soup. There is something so comforting and snuggly about sipping a warming bowl of soup while the temperatures drop outside. I often make big batches of soup at a time and freeze half of it for later. That guarantees I'll have warm soup even on days when there is little time to cook. Since soup is one of my main dishes during the winter I try to keep it on the lighter side. Heavy, creamy soups are good and all, but those are best kept for treats once in a while. Here are some my favorite everyday skinny winter soups; I hope you like them, too! - By Kelsey Banfield
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If you do a search for jambalaya recipes, you're going to find more to choose from than you know what to do with. There are lots of great Cajun cooks out there--and lots of jambalaya recipes full of personal expression and ingredient lists as long as your arm. (What Makes Cajun Food So Great? Top Chefs Share Their Secrets.)
But say your intention is just to tip your hat (or dinner plate) in the direction of New Orleans during this Mardi Gras season, while still getting dinner on the table tonight in just 25 minutes. In that case, you'll want to make what the EatingWell Test Kitchen calls Express Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya.
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This recipe is the soul of brevity--just 6 ingredients!--yet those ingredients combine in one pot with soul-satisfying results. The traditional smoky and spicy complex flavors of the Cajun original come through from the andouille sausage (you justRead More »from 6-Ingredient Fast & Skinny One-Pot Jambalaya
We understand the allure of a steakhouse dinner on Valentine's Day: it's indulgent, it shows you care, and it's nice to feel fancy every once in a while. With 50 other diners similarly hoping for an intimate experience, however, the reality of a romantic dinner often doesn't meet expectations. So this year, strip away the checked table cloths, and cook your beloved a decadent, steakhouse-worthy dinner at home. Sure, you'll have to do the dishes, but it's a small price to pay for the assurance that there won't be any amorous strangers leaning into your bread basket.
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February 2013Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and if you are looking for an indulgent dessert that won't ruin your diet, try our Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies! This recipe replaces half the butter with an extra bar of chocolate, so you and your sweetheart can enjoy these sweet cookies without the guilt!
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Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
*For an even chewier texture, substitute 1/2 cup hazelnut or almond flour for 1/2cup all-purpose flour.
- 3/4 cup uncooked regular oats
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 3 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bars, coarsely chopped and divided
- Parchment paper
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake oats in a 9-inch pie plate 10 to 12 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring Read More »from A Healthy Valentine's Day Indulgence!
- The Editors of EatingWell Magazine | Shine Food – Tue, Feb 5, 2013 9:42 AM EST
I want to (and need to) save money. But I don't want to change what I eat too much, so I've come up with a few easy food swaps that will save me $30 a week, which adds up to a savings of $1,560 a year.
1. Swap Tofu for Meat
Let's face it, meat is expensive. So why not try tofu instead? I know it sounds sort of ridiculous, but hear me out. Tofu can be marinated, grilled and sautéed--just like steak can. It has a real knack for sucking up flavors, so cooking it with something bold (like barbecue sauce, for example) can give your taste buds a real jolt without you feeling like you're missing out. Of course, you wouldn't swap tofu for meat every night, but using this swap once a week will save you some serious dough.
Money Saved: $8.75
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Mint is an herb that wears many hats. It not only delivers a perfect pop of flavor in both sweet and savory dishes but garnishes beautifully in a myriad of different drinks. Do you know your way around this refreshing and easy-to-grow herb? Here are 6 of our favorite varieties.Read More »from 6 Great Mints to Grow
Chocolate: Tastes like a peppermint patty.
It's fun to nibble and good for warm tea-or added to ice cream.
Curly: Has a pleasant fragrance.
The texture is a bit rough for eating, but it's a fun garnish for cold drinks and berried desserts.
Kentucky Colonel: Mild fruity-spearmint flavor.
The Kentucky Colonel is the traditional choice for mojitos and mint julep. It's also good added to lemonade or iced tea for a doubly cool and refreshing kick.
Egyptian: Strong spearmint and fruit fragrance
Egyptian is a good choice for savory dishes like tabbouleh or raita (Indian yogurt salad).
Habek: Musky and rather savory fragrance.
Habek is the ultimate companion to iced tea.
Moroccan: Contains elements of both
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Mon, Feb 4, 2013 4:02 PM EST
Heart Hand PiesFor Valentine's Day, our family has a heart-shaped food tradition, and it started with these adorable strawberry heart hand pies! These hand pies are a tasty treat that even your littlest one can help make for their sweethearts this year!Read More »from Be My Valentine: How to Make Strawberry Heart Hand Pies
1 package pre made pie crust (look for one with no hydrogenated oils, like trader joes or store brand)
Strawberry pie filling (look for one with no high fructose corn syrup)
Fresh strawberries - 1 or 2, washed and dried
Heart cookie cutter
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1. Wash the strawberries, hull and slice them (the perfect task for the little ones!)
2. Cut out 8 hearts and peel away from the pie crust
3. Place a few spoonfuls of the strawberry filling in the centre of each heart
4. Dip your fingers in water and wet the edges of the pie crust
5. Press gently with your finger, then use a fork to press the edges of the crust to form a seal
6. Place one slice of fresh strawberry
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