Valentine’s Day Roundup
Valentine’s day was already one week ago, but better late than never, right? Last Friday was a work day, even though it should definitely be a national holiday. I’ve come to really like this day. Here’s why.
I got to make some Love Day graphics. Already we’re off to a good start.
I made cotton candy sugar cookies for the office and a giant chocolate chip cookie for Joe. Endless cookie love. It’s a tradition.
Fun with Fondue
I think fondue should come back! People don’t seem to make it anymore, but everyone has a fondue pot somewhere in a back closet. We had one pot of white chocolate and one of cheese. We dipped with French bread cubes, pretzel sticks, Granny Smith apples, strawberries, marshmallows… and teddy grahams. Apples and cheese = my fave!
Pho is all about aroma. It’s said to have healing powers because of all the fragrant spices added. The power is in the broth. It’s recommended to cook beef bones for a full day to get the flavor just right, but we took a shortcut and used a packet of pho soup mix. We managed to do a little mixing chemistry of our own. We added these spices to a huge pot of water and beef broth and let them simmer. Anise, ginger, licorice, allspice, and cardamon. You’re supposed to use fish sauce, but we just threw in a few fish oil supplements. Seemed to do the trick!
What did you do for Valentines?
We aren’t too big into the Hallmarkiness of holidays, but I’m big on experiences. And it’s not too often anymore we get to take time to cook big meals. Spending quality time together is definitely what the holiday is all about in my book. But if you’re into elaborate gifts or going out on the town, or a big dinner and a movie that’s great too.