‘Random stuff I’d like to make’ roundup: Valentine’s Day edition

‘Random stuff I’d like to make’ roundup: Valentine’s Day edition

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Remember that beef stew I talked about making two weeks ago in my new cast iron dutch oven? Yeah, we ate it all before I could photograph. It was darn good. Needless to say, I’ll be making it again soon, tweaking the recipe a bit and, of course, sharing it with all of you lovely people.

As for this amorous evening, I’m (well, “we are”) staying in. Why spend the money on dining out when you can whip up a heartfelt, gourmet meal at home? On the menu: Mexican-style braised beef short ribs over cheddar polenta and some sort of tasty green bean dish for a side (fresh ones, of course). As for dessert, I cheated and bought it from a secret supplier with the initials C.F. ;-)

Here are some more fun and delicious-looking recipes and articles that have caught my eye this past week; both from the site I run and from some pretty sweet-looking foodie blogs.

Liquid love: Valentine’s Day cocktails to enhance your amorous efforts – Since tequila happens to be my aqua vitae of choice, here are some fabulous cocktail recipes with tequila as the star ingredient to enhance your amorous efforts — or drown your singleton sorrows in.

My Blue Valentine: The god of love’s role in the discovery of blue cheese – Did you know that the mischievous Ancient Roman deity, Cupid, is legend to be the reason we have blue cheese? Blame it on him and a couple of horny shepherds.

Score some points on Valentine’s Day with this strawberry “tiramisu” trifle – This Hallmark holiday is a great excuse to indulge your sweet tooth, and with this easy and elegant recipe you’ll be able to impress your special guest(s) with a swanky-looking final course that you spent practically no time preparing.

Top Chef Podcast – All-Stars Ep. 9: Funny business – Whether you watch the show or not, our review of it is top notch snark and an all-around good time. Listen to us (attempt to) recap this episode and the hilarity that ensues.

‘Want to Make’ List:

Chickpeas, Feta and Sun-dried Tomato Cous Cous (Salad Power) – A simple recipe that turns out to be visually and palate pleasing. (And it comes from a cool blog that has a ton of pretty-looking salad recipes.)

El Chupacabra Martini (Muy Bueno Cookbook) – The recipe’s unique name first caught my eye, then it was the gorgeous crimson color of the drink that further piqued my interest as to its ingredients. The secret? Blood oranges! It also contains rum, açaí juice, pineapple and guava juices — muy delicioso!

Grapefruit Bourbon Sour (Lindsay Cooks) – Grapefruit juice and bourbon — who would’ve thought they would marry so well!

Mini Pizzas with Homemade ‘Oaty’ Crust (Fuss Free Cooking) – See? I do occasionally take interest in recipes that are somewhat healthy. It’s a cool way to use oats and bran cereal.

Steamed Peanut Butter and Jelly Buns (The Family Kitchen, Babble.com) – A dim sum classic with an American twist (and just plain genius).

Thin Mint Cupcakes (Ingredients of a 20something) – What a better way to celebrate Girl Scout cookie season than to use them in some delicious cupcakes? And I love me some Thin Mints!

Whiskey Hot Sauce (Georgia Pelliegrini) – Chipotles in adobo, serrano peppers and — the best part — whiskey make up this inventive condiment.

White Wine, Mascarpone and Amaretti Shots (Gourmantine) – It’s like a jello shot that uses white wine instead of liquor, topped with mascarpone cream and crushed amaretti cookies. Sounds odd, I know, but I bet it turns out tasting fantastic (and leaves one with a nice buzz).

Ciao for now!

Photo via: Carbon Copy.

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