Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Valentine's Day Recipes

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought it was time to revisit some of our best recipes for the occasion! My mother always made special treats for the family - heart shaped sugar cookies, heart shaped cakes (invariably mended with buttercream frosting), and certainly an icebox cake or several.

Remember, there are a couple of keys to a successful outcome with these recipes! First and foremost, a Scarlet Threads apron invariably improves the quality of cooking. And, second, the way to a man's heart (at least my man's) is through his stomach - so, cook from the heart!

In fact, icebox cake is a general family favorite. I've seen it served at all family occasions - especially birthdays - and most recently to celebrate my dear Aunt's final chemo treatment (see the picture below!!) So, naturally it is first on my list. I've prepared for the occasion and purchased the Famous brand chocolate wafers and the large container of heavy whipping cream.

2, 3, & 4. Red Velvet Cheesecake CupcakesRed Velvet Cheese BallRed Velvet Brownies

I don't know what makes a few drops of food coloring in a devils food cake so enticing! Perhaps it really is the cream cheese frosting paired with the decadent chocolate goodness. Regardless, this cheeseball is to die for.

I'm not sure if that Polar Vortex freaky thing is coming back, but it is best to be prepared. Print out our hot cocoa recipe and get ready to cozy up by the fire...

6, 7, & 8. Hannah's Favorites: SnickerdoodlesCinnamon Brown Sugar MuffinsOat Scones

Hannah - our China Operations Manager and resident Gourmet - has posted some fantastic recipes on this blog over the years. I love the way she improvises, substitutes, and innovates her way to deliciousness. And these 3 recipes are some of our readers' favorites. The Oat Scones are a personal favorite of mine!

Who can forget Tina from Mommy's Kitchen - one of our favorite food bloggers and one of our new affiliates! If you haven't visited her blog, don't wait a second longer. Visit and book mark. I know sugar cookies are generally a Christmas thing, but my mother always cut them out in shapes of hearts for Valentine's Day. And, as luck would have it, Mommy's Kitchen guest posted a fantastic recipe for Sugar Cookies on our blog. 

One of our all time most visited recipes is Caroline's Buttermilk Scones post. Seriously, like a million (okay, I'm exaggerating) people have visited this post. I'm sure it's because Caroline is wearing our Phoebe apron in the picture! Or, maybe it's the recipe. You'll just have to try it to find out!

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