“All you need is love” and great food

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Make this Valentine’s Day special
With a dessert made by you

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I am busting out two of my favorite desserts. This year instead of buying a box of chocolates or making your sweetie the same old heart cookies and cupcakes, why not kick it up a notch and really WOW your date. The following recipes are battle tested, enjoyed by not only my friends and family, but also all of the Rooney lot Steeler tailgaters. With either of these two desserts you are sure to get a little extra sugar at the end of the night ;)

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The first one incorporates every woman’s favorite indulgence (chocolate, duh), and it is actually one of my mom’s creations:

GRAND MARNIER TARTS

1 and 1/4 cups heavy cream
6 tablespoons butter
2 and 3/4 cups semisweet choc chips
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
2 boxes Athens mini phyllo shells (15 per box)

In saucepan over medium heat, heat cream and butter to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add choc chips, stir until chocolate melts and is completely smooth. Add liqueur; continue stirring to incorporate. Place in refrigerator to thicken.

Preheat the oven to 350F. While ganache is chilling, place the tart shells on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Heat the tarts for a couple of minutes until lightly crisped (be careful not to burn!), checking every minute. When crisped to your liking, remove from oven and allow to cool.

When ganache is thickened, spoon into tart shells, mounding slightly. Sprinkle the tarts with a little bit of the liqueur; if desired place a little minced orange zest on top or dust with cocoa.

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The second is something I pulled out of Food and Wine (the monthly bible of cooking):

STRAWBERRY RICOTTA TARTLETS

I made these this summer for a trip to the winery with some of my friends. Photo of the finished product can be seen at the top of my blog (the main banner).

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It’s time to take your love into the kitchen and create a masterpiece that I guarantee works better than cupid’s arrow.

Will you make one of my favorite desserts for Valentine’s Day?

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2 thoughts on ““All you need is love” and great food

  1. Your Mom (one of my best friends!) should have a second career as a chocolatiere! Her truffles are magnificent.

    Filling the phyllo shells goes even more quickly when using a pastry bag and plain round tip. No pastry bag? Use a large zipper/snap seal food storage bag, and put the tube in a snipped off corner.

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