Last Valentine’s Day was pretty different in lots of ways. Not making pretty pink soap this year, but been busy spreading the love. A wise blogger advised me to not make my posts too long, but, well, consider this warning now! It all started last weekend.
Then it was time to get cooking for my Aunt Liz’s birthday. I posted a prep shot here cause I was overwhelmed by all the ingredients, but I was getting help from Bon Appetit, Ina, Giada and Peggy Fallon.
First I ironed a heart onto my apron with double-sided fusible.
Then tackled Broccoli Rabe with Pignoli: Giada’s recipe called for raisins, but I found a dried cranberry cherry mix instead.
And browned onions for Peggy Fallon’s Caramelized Onion Dip.
And I used to have a rolling pin or 2, but couldn’t find either one, so used a bottle to roll out the biscuits, probably like my Italian grandmother used to do.
I tried to stay organized.
And Mila tried helping, but…
I had to frost the cake myself too.
Everything seemed to take forever, but at last it was all done, including Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti, and my Mom brought Ina’s Roasted Winter Vegetables.
And still there was more to do: valentines for Etsy’s Share Your Love.
I’m overdue for drawing the winner for my 100th Post Giveaway, thanks to everyone for entering and Happy Valentine’s Day!