Posts Tagged ‘anti-valentine’s day’

Sifted: Sweet and Salty Desserts + More Delicious Bits

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Guinness and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Add pretzels to the mix, and now we’re really talking. Sprinkle Bake’s Guinness pretzel truffles are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
  2. You can never have enough chocolate chip cookie recipes. Speckled with caramel and sprinkled with salt, Baking with Blondie’s recipe is a winner.
  3. Saltine crackers are the secret weapon in a Pinch of Yum’s 10-minute peanut butter fudge. Share them or keep them for yourself; they’re too easy not to make.
  4. For Anti-Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to A Cozy Kitchen’s dinner for one: cacio e pepe. With just four tasty ingredients (butter, lots of black pepper, cheese and pasta), it’s hard to go wrong.
  5. Mardi Gras may be over, but any day would be a good day for Tracey’s Culinary Adventure’s beignets.

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How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day Without A Date

Nadia G Valentine's Day

Contrary to popular belief, being single on Valentine’s Day will not lead to spontaneous combustion. Yes, you have to put up with couples sucking face left, right and center, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of this hallmark holiday.

Celebrate on February 15
This one is a no-brainer. Not only should you hermit indoors to avoid the above average rate of desperate men scrambling around in public, but you’ll have the opportunity to buy up all the fancy chocolates you can handle – and at half-price at that!

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Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine’s Day Desserts

Chocolate Souffles by Handle the Heat
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Handle the Heat’s recipe for chocolate soufflés is perfectly portioned for just you and your valentine.
  2. Sucree’s chocolate truffle cake with salted caramel is the epitome of romantic desserts.
  3. To spice things up, make Olives For Dinner’s whiskey sriracha candies. They’re not for the faint of heart.
  4. Milk and Honey’s cookies and cream truffle cookie bars are deliciously rich treats that will make everyone happy.
  5. Pastry Affairs’ pomegranate white wine panna cotta is a “flirtatious little dessert” that is sure to impress.

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Overheard at Trader Joe’s: The Couples Edition


Trader Joe’s isn’t like other grocery chains. Aside from having a great selection of healthy(ish) food and nice wines, it’s typically a pretty small store, so shopping there tends to be an intimate experience. Picking up kitchen staples means frequently brushing arms with fellow shoppers, and accidentally listening to their conversations. Of course, by “accidentally” we mean “intentionally” and by “conversation” we mean “couples’ passive-aggressive bickering.”

Sure, sometimes a conversation is just a conversation, but we’ve found that if you really focus on tone, body language and clenched teeth, you can read the hidden meaning in the seemingly casual Trader Joe’s chitchat between couples. Like Jane Goodall in the jungle, we’ve spent some time in the aisles, observing and interpreting the exchanges between human partners. Below is what we heard — and their actual meanings.

So if you’re single and seeing couples grocery shop together bums you out, now you can relish your singledom. Or if you’re actually one of those couples, know that we’re eavesdropping on you.

Overheard at Trader Joe’s

“I’m pretty sure we’re out of dish soap, right?”
You would know that if you ever did the dishes.

“Should we try the light beer?”
I don’t know how to tell you that you’ve gained weight and that I’m not attracted to your belly.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day: Nadia G. Plans a Girls’ Night In

Did you just suffer a nasty break-up? Are you down on love? Or perhaps you just can’t stand all those red hearts and flowers? Nadia G. — the fiercest chef around — has the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day plan for those dodging Cupid’s arrows: a girls’ night in, complete with tasty eats. Save your formal wear for another fest; this pajama poker party is all about comfy and cool.

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