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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Valentine's Day Recipes

By Sean Carter

Pamper your sweetheart with your own hand-baked Valentine cookie pops or make him/ her some delicate Valentine muffins or may be a sweet Sweetheart Cake can do the magic. You can cook up little surprises for the young ones too. Get them some yummy heart-shaped cookies or a couple of Rosey Posey cupcakes and you’re all set to wallow in their unadulterated excitement. You can prepare sweet candy hugs for mom and dad, or you can make some chocolatey kisses for your gramps.

The idea behind Valentine’s Day recipes and these delicacies is to sweeten up the senses of all those you hold close to your heart and make them feel on top of the world. And if you sit and think, you’ll actually be surprised to see as to how much you can do to the Valentine’s Day menu or how many recipe ideas strike you for the day. So prepare or get the best for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day and tickle their sweet tooth with the top-notch Valentine’s Day recipes that are rich in the X’s and O’s ! Listed below is a list of not-so-common, yet-so-yummy Valentine's Day recipes for you to romance up the day !

Valentines Cream-N-Rum


1 tbsp vanilla
1 egg
8 oz rum
14 oz sweetened condensed milk

Blend all the ingredients together for a few minutes. Remove and store in a glass bottle. Refrigerate overnight and there you are—ready with the sinfully appetizing Valentine’s Day drink that will leave your folks/ beloved slobber for more.

Mushy Mushrooms


1 pound beef (minced)
1 cup white wine
2 tsp horseradish
1 tsp garlic paste
2 tsp chives
About 15 mushrooms
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix the beef, horseradish, garlic, chives, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Fill each mushroom (the stem removed) with this mixture. Pour the wine over the stuffed mushrooms and place it all in a pre-heated oven in 350 degrees F. Bake for about 25 minutes till the meat is nicely brown. Serve these mushy mushrooms hot and steaming and set the appetites of your guest(s) on fire with this Valentine’s Day recipe !

Passionate Pasta


6 oz fettuccini pasta
1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 tbsp chopped shallots
3 cups fresh mushrooms (chopped and sliced)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
1 tbsp butter
3 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tbsp cornstarch
7 oz red bell peppers (roasted)
1 tbsp drained capers

Marinate the shrimp with olive oil and Cajun seasoning and set aside for fifteen minutes. Boil the pasta in salt water. Then drain and keep aside. Next, in a separate pot, sauté the mushrooms and shallots in butter until tender. Remove. Now add the shrimps in the remaining butter and cook for a few minutes till the shrimps turn pink. Remove from the pan and add 2/3 cup of chicken broth into the pan. Wait till the broth reduces to about 1/4 cup. In a separate bowl, mix the sour cream and corn starch before adding it to the boiling broth. Cook for about a minute till the sauce gets thick. Now add the shrimps, mushroom mixture, roasted red peppers, and the capers. Heat thoroughly and season to taste. Pour it over the pasta. That’s it ! Now savor the flavor of this Passionate Pasta in all the Valentine’s Day hoopla

Oyster Delight


2 cups of fresh and large oysters
2 tbsp chopped parsley
10 slices of bacon
A pinch of paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle the seasoning and parsley on the fresh oysters. Wrap the oysters in the bacon and button up with toothpicks. Place them in a shallow baking dish and bake in 450 degrees F for about ten-fifteen minutes till the bacon is crisp. This is one great Valentine’s Day recipe idea that would neither take you long to make, nor would it take your guests to polish off.

Brownie Love


4 bars of unsweetened chocolate
8 oz whipped cream
3/ 4 cup margarine
3 eggs
1 cup flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped, assorted nuts
3 cups strawberries

Melt the chocolate and margarine together. Keep stirring till the chocolate melts completely. Add the sugar and mix well. Now add the flour, eggs and nuts and mix till it forms a smooth paste. Bake it in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. After it cools, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Take out and cut into heart shapes with the help of a cookie-cutter. Spread the brownies on a plate, place the strawberries on them and top with the whipped cream to make the dish look as yummy as any other of the day. Have a bellyful fun on Valentine’s Day with all.

So try these Valentine's Day recipes this February 14 along with your heart-shaped cakes and kiss cookies. Start off your Valentine's Day dinner with the Valentines Cream-N-Rum. Slowly sip the fun in and gear up for a starry-eyed time with this cool Valentine’s Day drink. The Mushy Mushrooms make for great appetizers, and you’ll have the perfect fill if you go for the oysters on Valentine's Day along with the Passionate Pasta ! Try the absolutely delicious brownies for dessert and wrap up a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner. But you can always keep adding to your menu and come up with more innovative Valentine’s Day recipes. The day is all yours to enjoy with love, luck and laughter.

Sean Carter writes on holidays, Valentine's Day and world events. He is a writer with special interest in ecard industry and writes for He is an
active blogger at Valentines Day Blog.

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