A Slow Roasted
Valentine Starter

This year consider treating your
Valentine to a meal that is both...

read more

Treats for Your Sweets

This decadent dessert
definitely qualifies as a
"once in a while" treat...

read more

A Sizzling Valentine's Dinner

This particular recipe makes
use of shrimp, a lean source
of protein is equally good...

read more


A Slow Roasted Valentine Starter


Valentine's Day - with its typically crowded restaurants and overpriced meals - is a great time to make a fabulous meal at home for your special someone. This year consider treating your Valentine to a meal that is both tasty and heart healthy. This month we are sharing everything you need, from a light appetizer to a heart healthy main course and even an anti-oxidant rich dessert. Here, an easy, flavorful and good-for-you appetizer to get your evening started on the right foot!

Slow Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Adapted from the American Heart Association

Ingredients:

  • 3 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 14 slices baguette (preferably whole-wheat), toasted
  • Sliced fresh basil for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Toss tomatoes with oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast until broken down, 45 to 55 minutes.

Combine the roasted tomatoes with basil and vinegar.

Top baguette slices with the roasted tomato mixture and more sliced fresh basil.

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A Sizzling Valentine's Dinner


Because February is Heart Month, we are sharing a collection of heart healthy recipes this month that, in addition to being yummy, would also be perfect for a special Valentine's Day dinner. This particular recipe makes use of shrimp, a lean source of protein that is equally good fresh or previously frozen. This recipe also has the added benefit of being quick and easy to prepare - giving you more time to enjoy that special someone!

Sizzling Citrus Shrimp

Adapted from The American Heart Association

Ingredients:

Marinade & Shrimp

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound medium shrimp (30-40 per pound), peeled and deveined

Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Combine lemon juice, wine, 2 teaspoons oil and garlic in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, tossing occasionally. (Do not marinade longer or the citrus juice may "cook" the shrimp, making it tough.) Drain well, reserving marinade.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, turning once, until barely pink, about 30 seconds per side; transfer to a plate. Add crushed red pepper and the reserved marinade to the pan; simmer for 4 minutes. Return the shrimp and any accumulated juices to the pan; heat through. Season with salt, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with rice or pasta.

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Treats for Your Sweets


This month, in honor of Heart Month, we are serving up a collection of recipes that are not only suitable to serve to your Valentine but also good for your heart. This decadent dessert definitely qualifies as a "once in a while" treat. But, with lots of anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate, one or two of these little truffles may be just what the doctor ordered!

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 6 TBS unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

Directions:

In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the chocolate chips. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a shallow bowl.

Cool, cover, and refrigerate the mixture until firm, at least 2 hours.

Using a melon baller or small spoon, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the cocoa or nuts. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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