Being a life-long romanticist as well as a lover of sports and the out of doors—there is plenty to be happy about in February. I always think cooking up a delicious and beautiful meal and setting a gorgeous table makes for a great time and is definitely a mood lifter.
I always enjoy a fine dinner for romance at home. It is definitely more relaxing than braving the huge rush of the Valentine’s Day crowds. Since Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday, a work night for many of us—I am featuring 3 simple entrees that can be prepared in 20 minutes—yet are very healthful and easy on the waistline. Also, I am including a very favorite Hot, Hot Chocolate Cake, which is totally fabulous. Bake the cake ahead and freeze, then frost it Tuesday evening or if time is short, make the frosting on Sunday--it will last. Butter cream frosting can be substituted.
Some favorite vegetable side dishes are—Spanish Spinach, made by placing fresh or frozen spinach in a microwaveable bowl, topped with a sprinkle of raisins, a drizzle of orange juice, a few grates of nutmeg-about 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and a sprinkle of Kosher or sea salt. Cover and process in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes or until done. Stir in a few Tablespoons of heavy cream until of desired consistency and a teaspoon of anisette. Sprinkle with caribe chile and serve. This is a wonderful dish.
Gingered Carrots—just scrape or peel fresh carrots, cutting into little “sticks” about ¼ inch diameter and 2 inches long. Simmer in small amount of lightly salted water until just tender—about 5 minutes. Drain excess water, add about a Tablespoon of unsalted butter, a Tablespoon of chopped candied ginger, a Tablespoon of flavorful honey and about 2 Tablespoons of coarsely chopped Italian flat leaf parsley . Stir and adjust seasonings, then serve.
Any simple salad is enhanced with a freshly made vinaigrette made with 3 parts of very good olive oil to 1 part vinegar or citrus juice, such lemon or orange juice. Add about a ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard for every 2 servings of dressing and whisk or beat with a fork. Winter ingredients such as snipped or cut up figs, dates, dried fruits and spiced nuts make great salad additions.
ALL NEW 2 DAY BAKING SEMINAR February 23-24
Due to popular demand for an intensive full participation baking seminar, I have created this comprehensive baking class that will feature specialty and loaf breads, French pastry, tarts and 2 crusted fruit pies, and a butter and a sponge cake made into Tres Leches cake. There are still a few places left, so register today.
FEBRUARY 10-12 WEEKEND CLASS
There are very few half price places left in our forthcoming weekend class. Register now if you can come. We would love to have you join our ever popular full participation weekend class.
HAVE YOU STARTED MY COOKBOOK LIBRARY COLLECTION OF NEWLY PUBLISHED COOKBOOKS?
You may order them from us and I will autograph them or you may order them from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your favorite independent book store. They are the re-publication of my “SOUTHWESTERN KITCHEN” which backed the 30 episodes of my PBS series and cooking classes (It is available both hard and soft bound) and the all new “SIMPLY SOUTHWESTERN”. Due out the end of this month will be the re-publication of my very, very popular “TEX-MEX COOKBOOK” that started the rage for Southwestern cooking. Then the end of April, “HOTTER THAN HELL” will be re-published and at the end of July my “FINGER LICKIN’, RIB STICKEN’, GREAT TASTIN’ HOT ‘N SPICEY” cookbook will be republished and will feature all new Pit Stops or favorite barbeque restaurants.
The January, 2017 issue of the PHOENIX HOME and GARDEN” features a story about two appetizers from my new cookbook, “SIMPLY SOUTHWESTERN” AND IN March, 2017 WHERE WOMEN COOK” a newly very popular and beautiful new magazine available at Costco and elsewhere will feature a cover story about me.
FOX TV LOOKING FOR FAMILIES OR GROUPS 4 WHO COOK TOGETHER
It is a new Gordon Ramsey show. You can apply today at www.TheFWordCasting.com and please add “Kristen” in field 43, “How did you hear.." If you'd like to see what you're getting into, watch You Tube clips of the UK F word here: www.youom/user/theFwordtube.c.