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LESLIE BUDEWITZ: February can be a little challenging. For us northerners, it’s cold and dark, and far too early to be thinking about the joys of spring or starting seedlings. I’ve long thought that’s part of the appeal of Valentine’s Day with its hearts and flowers and chocolates.
This year, we’ve got a trifecta of foodie celebrations coming up: the Lunar New Year, year of the wood dragon, starts a bit later than usual, on Saturday, February 10. Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday, is early—February 13. And Valentine’s Day is right on schedule, Wednesday, February 14.
I enjoyed researching and testing Lunar New Year Recipes when I was writing Between a dead place and a wokThese are some of the most popular Longevity Noodles Many LNY foods are symbolic: long noodles symbolize hopes for a long life, while spring rolls, with their distinctive shape and color, are said to resemble gold bars.
King Cake is the king of Mardi Gras. Anything with a Louisiana flavor is fair play, as long you wear beads.
Valentine’s Day food is all about chocolate, especially if it’s heart-shaped. My late mother would always place a small box of Russell Stover Chocolates on our table for Valentine’s Day mornings. She even let us sneak one after breakfast. I love these Cherry Port BrowniesThis is a heart-shaped cutout. Glazed Chocolate Bundt cakeYou might also be interested.
But my favorite Valentine’s Day recipe story is the year a reader very much wanted to try the Orange Cinnamon Creme Brulee in Guilty as Cinnamon, but was daunted by the idea of using a torch to scorch the sugar on top. So she asked the woman who runs the caféThe following are some examples of how to use her small town to make it for her. The woman liked it so much that she added it to her dessert selection for her annual Valentine’s Day dinner that year.
Now that’s the way to an author’s heart.
Readers, what upcoming food holidays will you celebrate? You have our approval to celebrate all of them, right? What will you make — or buy?
LIBBY KLEIN: Pink is what I think of when I think Valentine’s Day! All things rose, strawberry, cherry. You can’t imagine the day without thinking of chocolate. Delectable brunches featuring chocolate cherry french toast. Afternoon tea with scones filled with strawberry jam. Delicate macarons with white chocolate and roses. Silky chocolate mousse. I want to start baking now! Strawberry cream cake is one of my favorite Valentine recipes. I can’t believe what you’ll be baking.
LESLIE KARSTAs Leslie B. notes, long noodles signify longevity, so may I suggest this delicious recipe for noodle soup? Leslie B. points out that long noodles are a symbol of longevity. So, may I suggest this delicious dish for Ginger Chicken Chow Fun.
Bananas Foster is a great way to celebrate Mardi Gras. It was first created by Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans to promote the fruit imported into the Port of New Orleans. Here’s how I make this classic dessert. Crispy Fried Banana Sundae.
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home than with a romantic dinner? This recipe is for Pork with Apricot Brandy Glaze It’s easy to make and will warm your loved ones heart!
LUCY BURDETTE:Oooh, for Valentine’s Day I want Libby’s pink-frosted strawberry cream cake! But, my Valentine loves chocolate, so my classic strawberry cream cake is more likely. Chocolate cake studded with candy heart.
Hayley Snow in my food critic series desperately wanted to catch her boyfriend, so she tried it with This delicious raspberry cake. If it’s not the right guy sometimes even a magnificent dessert won’t work…
MADDIE DAYEven just reading about these recipes from my fellow bloggers has me salivating. There are so many opportunities to create delicious holiday-themed foods.
These were my first posts as an official member. Mocha-Kahlua Valentine’s cookies.
I presented my first book a year ago. Delicious recipeMore long noodles to celebrate the Lunar Year, the year of Rabbit.
I don’t remember ever making a Mardi-Gras-specific meal, but I checked out some recipes. I love grits and Robbie Jordan from my Country Store Mysteries does too. I see some tasty shrimp and grits coming up in the near future or maybe even a gumbo. Watch this space…
Molly MacRae: Thanks for the Longevity Noodles recipes, Maddie and Leslie B. Now I know what to make for the Lunar New Year.
You can also find out more about the following: Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, it’ll be pancakes. Here’s a delicious recipe for Gingerbread Pancakes. But why not throw Mardi Gras in there too? I didn’t know Bananas Foster originated in New Orleans. Thanks, Leslie K!
Here is my sister Jenny Recipe for it (one of the recipes she and husband gave me and husband as a gift 45 years back). I love when the banana mixture catches fire as you stir. What a way to enjoy fine dining.
Cherries pie is the perfect Valentine’s Day treat!
PEG COCHRAN/MARGARET LOUDON:I want one of everything! My sister sent me a King Cake when she lived in Baton Rouge. I decided to make one myself for MardiGras. It was a lot of work, but I had so much fun that I went nuts with the sprinkles. You can find this. Here’s how to get in touch with usWith a voodoo doll!
MAYA CORRIGAN: It’s not Valentine’s Day without chocolate, right? For a romantic dinner, chocolate fondue is a great alternative to flowers and bonbons. Around Valentine’s Day shops feature mini fondues for Valentine’s Day tête-à-têtes. You only need a microwave. I shared a simple recipe. chocolate fondue recipeWhen I finished my third book. FINAL FONDUE, came out to see me and I was the guest on MLK. My grandsons love to make that recipe and eat fondue year-round.
CLEO COYLE:February gives us plenty of reasons to eat and drink with joy. I blew out too many birthday candles on Groundhog Day. And this coming February 13, I’ll be in the Mardi Gras feasting mood. Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday, has always been Pancake Day to me. I’ve shared a few pancake recipes here in the Kitchen, including one of my favorites from more than ten years ago (a 2010 blog postOMG, the time flies! It’s my version of the famous Dutch Baby pancake. The classic recipe calls on a cast iron skillet, but I prefer a cake pan to make my Dutch Baby. I also shared my Chocolate Dutch Baby version, just in time to make for your baby’s breakfast on Valentine’s Day. 💓So here it is. Click here to view the linkFor a PDF version of the recipe. Whatever your celebration, may you eat with joy!
Readers, what upcoming food holidays will you celebrate? You have our permission, right? What will you make — or buy?
Murder is easy as pie Valerie Burns
Between a dead place and a wok by Leslie Budewitz
Deep Fried Death (audio book) by Maddie Day
Final Fondue by Maya Corrigan
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