I’m a savory breakfast kinda girl. I always love the idea of pancakes and french toast but end up usually making some kind of egg dish. This recipe is the best of both worlds: light fluffy yeasted waffles filled with melted cheddar and salty bacon. First, let me tell you that you haven’t had waffles until you’ve had yeasted waffles– they’ll change your whole breakfast game. I’ve been making yeasted waffles exclusively ever since I first made them. But second, this dish is everything you love about breakfast all rolled up into one runny, sticky delicious mess. Trust me, this is one is worth getting a waffle iron for if you don’t have one!
We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day at our house. In fact, this year there’s a chance I’ll be hanging out with my mother-in-law playing bridge . . . but I digress. The truth is that my wife is a picky eater (shhhh…) and all those special prix fixe menus you find out on Valentine’s Day don’t quite suit her taste. Not to mention the prices! Consequently, it has been long established that Valentine’s Day is a stay at home holiday at our house. And I think this year with baby Fiona, that’s exactly what we’ll do. Don’t get me wrong, the drinks will still be Flowing (yeah that’s right . . . capital F). This is one of those, why didn’t I think of it sooner cocktails. Three of my favorite ingredients mixed into one: blood orange, amaro, vermouth. I’ve been obsessed with Amaro Nonino lately. It is both bitter and sweet, mellow but complex, and bursting with citrus. So if you’re like me and Valentine’s Day is more of an on-the-couch affair, do yourself and your pickier half a favor and give this cocktail a try.
Based out of Brooklyn, New York, Liddabit Sweets makes hand-made, locally-sourced and seasonal sweets that are oh-so decadent. The creative duo behind Liddabit Sweets, Liz Gutman and Jen King, create unique candies that you won’t see anywhere else like “The King,” a bar with soft peanut butter nougat sandwiched between brown sugar-brown butter cookie with a layer of fresh banana ganache dipped in milk chocolate. I mean, honestly, is there anything better than the combination of banana and peanut butter? Or the “Passion Spice” bar, buttery caramel with passion fruit and spicy cayenne pepper with crispy rice cereal. Or their fig and ricotta caramels . . . or beer and pretzel caramels. The list goes on and on. They even have Valentine’s Day boxes of goodies for that someone special and if you just feel like treatin’ yourself!
I have a love-hate relationship with meringues. I’ve talked about that before. And here I am at it again, but this time with a little inspiration and direction from The Meringue Girls. Their recipe for meringue kisses heats the caster sugar before adding it into the egg whites and, after a few trials, I have to say it’s pretty amazing! (Also, just check out their vast array of flavors and colors, so cute right?). In honor of Valentine’s Day, I made these simple light blush pink meringue kisses. The kisses are a lot easier to make because they bake faster than regular large meringues.
Let me start by saying I’m a candy factory fanatic. Since reading Steve Almond’s Candyfreak back in college, I’ve had dreams of touring the country in search of my favorite confection. When I discovered the OCHO Candy factory was located just across town here in Oakland, CA, I knew I had to check it out. You may have noticed OCHO candy bars in the chocolate aisle at your local Whole Foods or other neighborhood market. The bright, colorful wrapper stands out in a crowd and the same can surely be said of the taste. OCHO makes organic alternatives to traditional candy bars. I was pleasantly surprised to see that all their candy is actually handmade. That’s right, each and every bar is artfully molded with high quality chocolate and the centers hand piped with delicious fillings like crunchy peanut butter, caramel and coconut! You really can taste the difference – a certain homemade freshness, combined with the precision and consistency you expect from a traditional candy bar. I should say however, that despite being surrounded by caramel, coconut, peanut butter, and chocolate all morning, the best part of my time at OCHO was getting to meet the staff. Most employees live in and around the same Oakland neighborhood, not to mention still love eating the bars they make everyday. Pretty cool if you ask me.
What better to follow up a slew of Super Bowl themed recipes than with a tutorial on how to make heart shaped tea bags for Valentine’s Day?! “Grrrrr” to “awwwww,” we’re a culture of extremes – what can I say? So now that you’ve fully transitioned into a sweet and romantic mindset (what beer nachos?), let me walk you through how to make these adorably easy tea bags. Because we all know a spot of tea is like a hug in a cup.