Monday, February 14, 2011

Last Weekend I Gave You My Heart

Last Valentine's Day was pretty different in lots of ways.  Not making pretty pink soap this year, but been busy spreading the love.  A wise blogger advised me to not make my posts too long, but, well, consider this warning now!  It all started last weekend.
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After I made Rachael early morning brownies for her birthday we went out to support Emergency Service for the release of their very 1st music video: Feel Your Love.
Then it was time to get cooking for my Aunt Liz's birthday.  I posted a prep shot here cause I was overwhelmed by all the ingredients, but I was getting help from Bon Appetit, Ina, Giada and Peggy Fallon.
First I ironed a heart onto my apron with double-sided fusible.
Then tackled Broccoli Rabe with Pignoli: Giada's recipe called for raisins, but I found a dried cranberry cherry mix instead.
And browned onions for Peggy Fallon's Caramelized Onion Dip.
Trying to slice carrots into a "medium dice" for The Barefoot Contessa's Chicken Stew with Parsley Biscuits wasn't as hard as finding frozen baby onions (had to go to 3 stores).
And I used to have a rolling pin or 2, but couldn't find either one, so used a bottle to roll out the biscuits, probably like my Italian grandmother used to do.
I tried to stay organized.
And Mila tried helping, but...
I had to frost the cake myself too.
Everything seemed to take forever, but at last it was all done, including Giada's Lemon Spaghetti, and my Mom brought Ina's Roasted Winter Vegetables.
And still there was more to do: valentines for Etsy's Share Your Love.
and for family and friends
all sealed with love.
Then today on to a Valentine's Eve Menu from Martha Stewart and James Villas.
Had to use the 5 major V-day Food Groups: bacon, butter, cheese, chocolate and cream!
And made Swiss Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Gruyere Cheese from The Bacon Cookbook.  Seriously, is there a title that can make you happier than that?
And Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes.
Good thing I got some movies to watch too.
I'm overdue for drawing the winner for my 100th Post Giveaway, thanks to everyone for entering and Happy Valentine's Day!


Shadow Boxer said...

Nothing crafty today, but just wanted to let you know that this blog helps keep me sane when my professors try to make me crazy. Oh, and I started to crochet a new scarf - Giants colors! :D

aiz kim said...

wow, what a busy day! Your cake looks so delish! Am an Ina Garten fan ultimate dream is to own a house at the Hamptons with a garden exactly like hers!!! Happy Vday to you!

Krystal said...

whoa your vday looks fun :)

milk tea + polkadots said...

That's impressive you made SO much food! Which recipe did you use for the caramelized onion dip? When I clicked on the Peggy Fallon link, a bunch showed up. It sounds delicious! I'm hosting a baby shower in a few weeks. It might be a lovely addition. :) Thanks!

Craftiness NOW said...

hi Shadow Boxer, thanks so much for stopping by! i admire people who can crochet, it still mystifies me a bit :-)

thanks, aiz kim, hope u had a lovely holiday. i was watching ina make truffled mac & cheese the other day, yum yum...her lifestyle seems so lovely.

thanks, Krystal!

hi milk tea + polkadots: the recipe's in her Great Party Dips book, everything i've made from it so far has been tasty. happy baby shower planning!

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