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Thirsty Thursday: Red Velvet Cupcake Cocktail for Valentine’s Day

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Want to enjoy a decadent dessert on Valentine’s Day without all the fuss of whipping up a cake? Now you can have your cake and drink it too with this Red Velvet Cupcake Cocktail. Fall in love with this clever dessert cocktail that color-coordinates with the holiday. And since anything chocolate is a must on V-Day, this chocolatey beverage is ideal whether you’re in love or just want an alcoholic way to consume red velvet cake.

Chocolate liqueur, vodka, tangy buttermilk and chocolate sauce are shaken over ice and poured into a cocktail glass rimmed with frosting. Nothing quite says Valentine’s Day like this boozed-up dessert in a glass.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Comfort Fest: 5 Bread Pudding Recipes for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Skip traditional treats this Valentine’s Day and make a decadent dessert that will keep you satisfied for days. These bread pudding recipes make enough for a celebratory crowd or can be a sweet treat for the whole weekend for you and your sweetie.

 1. Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding (pictured above)

Swap traditional bread for croissants in this chocolate bread pudding. The chocolate custard fills every layer of flaky pastry. Plus croissants are almost all crust, which is the best part of bread pudding. Use stale croissants since they’ll be more firm and absorbent than fresh ones; the finished product will hold together better.

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Alie and Georgia Want Souffles, Not Bouquets

Sure — we love jewelry, chocolates and those little teddy bears holding heart-shaped pillows; but what do we love even more on Valentine’s Day? Flowers and food. Since we’re strong, independent ladies, we buy ourselves flowers on a regular basis, and we eat food almost every day. So how do we make this Valentine’s Day special??

What if we combine the two “F” words and make flowers into food?! Below are some tantalizing recipes that incorporate all the brightness and fragrance of flowers into things you can eat and drink. Put the pedal to the metal, or in this case, the petal to the cast iron, and get ready for food with flowers.

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Hump Day Snack: Chipotle-Chocolate Bark

Need a last minute V-day gift this week or a spicy-sweet pick-me-up that’s just for you and you alone? Chocolate bark is the snazzy yet simple solution on both fronts. It’s easy to make, requires just a handful of ingredients and is endlessly customizable to your taste. Plus, it looks purty when haphazardly broken into shards and piled in a tin. The recipe for this Valentine-appropriate marbled bark layers chipotle powder-laced dark chocolate with pink and white chocolate melting wafers, all dotted with chopped almonds and a sprinkling of flaked sea salt. You can sub in your favorite nuts or another spice instead, but the chipotle powder adds an unusual smokiness and slow heat that rises in the back of your throat (in the best possible way).

For even more chocolate-packed treats to sink your teeth into this week, try these other desserts that beg to be devoured in double (or triple) portions:

Sifted: Rose-Shaped Sweet Rolls, Four-Cheese Ravioli Hearts + More

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  1. Some valentines might prefer their roses on the doughy side, so treat them to this buttery bouquet of sweet rolls with a warm caramel nut sauce (from Seasons and Suppers) in place of store-bought blooms.
  2. Prove your pasta-making prowess with homemade four-cheese ravioli hearts and a porcini mushroom sauce from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, and your sweetheart will surely swoon.
  3. Nothing says romance like a crisp-skinned, wine-glazed roast, and Adventures in Cooking drives it home with their cozy winter recipe for roast chicken with persimmons and sage.
  4. Prime citrus season is upon us, which means it’s time to start squeezing those grapefruits in preparation to make Blogging Over Thyme’s tangy grapefruit-curd-filled doughnuts.
  5. Gimme Some Oven brings you the perfect project for fans of conversation hearts with a candy-coated strawberries-and-cream layer cake.

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Hump Day Snack: Whisky-Sriracha Candies

Sugary, dental mishap-inducing conversation hearts are indisputable classics, but they’ve been around for over 100 years, and since any candy might be a little stale after being in rotation that long, it’s time to introduce a new option to the Valentine’s Day parade of hearts. Add a little heat to the candy equation this holiday with these sweet-and-spicy whisky-sriracha hearts, made über easily in a silicone candy mold. Their flavor is similar to hot cinnamon candies, yet much more rich and intense thanks to the tipple of whisky. Finally, a considerably less saccharine  heart-shaped treat that will satisfy spice-seekers.

For more Valentine’s Day-appropriate dishes from Cooking Channel, polish up that sweet tooth and set your sights on these fine recipes:

Thirsty Thursday: Valentine’s Day Dessert + Booze

This Valentine’s Day, I’m falling in love all over again with my two favorite ingredients: alcohol and chocolate. Since Thirsty Thursday also happens to be Valentine’s Day, I’m boozing up a chocolatey dessert as well as my after-dinner drink.

Champagne is a must on Valentine’s Day, so I’m starting off the romance with Remixed Champagne Kirs. Fresh raspberries are marinated in vodka, sugar, Thai chiles, peppercorns and a vanilla bean. Once the flavors are infused, each champagne flute gets three plump, sweet-and-spicy raspberries before being topped with chilled champagne.

Now don’t get me wrong; simple chocolate-dipped strawberries are great and all, but nothing says Valentine’s Day like boozed-up, deep chocolate cakes. These dainty little heart-shaped morsels are perfumed with rum, filled with a light raspberry cream and glazed in a rich, pourable chocolate ganache. Enhance the presentation with edible rose buds and a blackberry coulis made with crème de cassis. These Valentine’s Day cakes are chocolatey, sophisticated and alcohol-infused.

And did I mention chocolate is an aphrodisiac? You’re welcome.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Cooking Channel way — with delicious recipes for a romantic dinner, over-the-top chocolate desserts (like Flourless Chocolate-almond Cake), little-known aphrodisiacs, homemade chocolate-covered strawberries and inspiration from Cooking Channel’s star couples.

Sifted: Sweet and Salty Desserts + More Delicious Bits

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  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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