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Tiramisu

I found it kinda funny how on Friday morning my husband reminded my son that it was Valentines Day! Our son was all over it. He was making dinner, she made dessert they had a plan. This is our 31st Valentines day together and I wouldn’t say he has ever forgotten it but let’s just say some years have been better than others.

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My husband was more prepared than I was this year – hey it happens! I bought flowers for the table at the beginning of the week. I knew what I was making for dinner; seared scallops over a bed of risotto and some swiss chard. But until my son mentioned dessert the thought never crossed my mind. So after work I braved the local grocery store. Probably the first time I have seen the store so full of men. I did check out what they were buying because I’m nosy that way. Most had covered the bases with the flowers, chocolates and cards in hand. A few went above and beyond the holiday staples and were picking out some seafood for dinner, quite a few were looking over the steaks.
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Back to why I went to the store. I decided to pick up one of my husbands favorite desserts tiramisu, which of course they didn’t have. Now what? I walked around the bakery section and was not impressed; or at least nothing I wanted. Went to the frozen section and still nothing.  So that’s when I decided to just make my own.  I have made it a couple of times and thought I can do this! I picked up lady fingers, which they didn’t have so I substituted with Stella D’oro Margherite cookies. grabbed some heavy cream and some mascarpone cheese. I have everything else at home. BTW since I didn’t get him a card I was going to pick one out, I did look but the ones left were lame so I passed.

I got home and he had a chocolate martini ready – he’s a keeper!

Tiramisu
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Ingredients
  1. 6 egg yolks
  2. ¾ cup white sugar
  3. 2/3 cup milk
  4. 1¼ cups heavy cream
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 16 ounce containers mascarpone cheese
  7. ½ cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  8. 2 tablespoons rum
  9. 2 packages ladyfinger cookies or Margherite cookies
  10. 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder – use a strainer to help distribute cocoa evenly
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended.
  2. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Don't walk away or you may end up with scrambled eggs. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour
  4. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form
  5. whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
  6. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum.
  7. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture. Once they get wet it is hard to move them, so if you want to place them in their spot and then drizzle it will work out better for you.
  8. Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of 10x10" (don't worry about the size, use what you have) dish.
  9. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers
  10. then half of whipped cream over that
  11. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa.
  12. Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours, until set
Cooking at Clark Towers https://cookingatclarktowers.com/
all of these pictures were from several years ago – I didn’t take any of the one I made the other night

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Stay on top of this, you don’t want to make scrambled eggs.

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I think I should have soaked them more with the coffee and rum


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Valentine Dinner Fare

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Whether you are a fan of Valentines Day or not it’s all on you! But I do hope you are on the same page as your partner. It kinda sucks if one of you is looking forward to something on this day and the other treats it like; say a Tuesday. Yes I know it’s now known as a Hallmark kind of holiday but according to Wikipedia (see below) it’s been around a lot longer than Hallmark that started back in 1910 in Kansas City, MO.

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There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution. The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).

Date Night Dine In
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Regardless of what you plan on doing it is damn near impossible to go out to dinner in our little town unless you have already made a reservation somewhere plus the crowds are crazy so we generally stay home and I make something a little more special than our typical meal. I think this year we will be having seared scallops over creamy risotto.

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Over the years I have shared a few meals that I think would fit the bill for the night that you could make for your sweetheart!

Chocolate Martini

Individual Chocolate Lava Cake

 

Game day fare

So today is the big day! The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs should be a pretty good game I think most of us New Englander’s are rooting for the 49ers since there quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo used to be a Patriot though I am torn because last year I thought and said out loud that Patrick Mahomes from the Chiefs is someone to watch and here we are – just saying!

Are you already preparing for the game later today? I haven’t started yet but I do have a plan and will be starting some Crockpot Chicken Chili once I finish writing this blog. The only thing my husband asked for was some wings. I am going to be doing some name dropping here. Franks Hot Sauce is our families favorite hot sauce. Which is saying something, we are not really hot sauce kinda people. We all like a little heat but there is a fine line and we all tend to stay away from ordering anything spicy out just in case their fine line is much higher than ours.

Last Friday at the office we had a tailgating party of sorts in preparing for the Super Bowl – yes even though the Patriots are not in it this year; not to say that everyone at work is a Pats fan but the majority is but we all like food so there’s that! I brought Espinaca dip which is always a hit. We will be having the rest of it a little later today.

I haven’t shared this dip recipe before so here it is. 32 ounce brick of Velveta, 1 brick of cream cheese, 2 cans of Rotel, 1 block of frozen spinach, thawed and drained. Add everything to a pot for the stove top or a slow cooker and heat until everything is melted and mixed together.

Here are a few other items I think would be awesome to share with your football fans, or the people who like to socialize with the people who like football fans. Or the ones that just show up to watch the halftime and commercials. Spam Bacon Bites would be a perfect fit for a party as well as Chicken-Parm Sliders to name a few. If there were more than just a few us I would make the seven layer dip Huevos Rancheros and 7 Layer Mexican Dip but since there isn’t I will just make some Guacamole & Sweet and Salty Wings for the big game

I do hope JLO and Shakira rock the house this year!