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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:37 pm 
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Over the years I've gotten really into making something special for Valentine's Day. I'm having a hard time deciding what to do this year.

For the main meal I was thinking homemade pasta because I've never done that before. There is a recipe in the new Raven's cookbook for Black Pepper Fettuccine in Chardonnay sauce that I was thinking of trying but I haven't made anything from that one yet and I don't want a bust for the holiday. So then there is also a pasta recipe in Miyoko's book. Last year I made the sweet potato gnocchi from Isa Does It and it was amazing so part of me thinks I should do that again. Or the gnocchi from the Candle 79 book. I was also thinking ravioli but I've never made that before and I don't think I have any recipes in any of my books.

Then for dessert I'm trying to decide between Fran's Brooklyn Black Out Cake or her Chocolate Torte or the Salted Caramel Tart from Vegan Pie in the Sky.

Any thoughts on any of these? What are y'all making?

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:33 pm 
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Thanks for starting this thread, LazySmurf! You sold me on the IDI sweet potato gnocchi. Plus my bf loves a good cooking project, so that will be fun for us to make together.

Here's what I'm thinking:

Breakfast
Chocolate beer waffles with chocolate drizzle and sweet cashew cream from Vegan Brunch

Dinner
Steamed artichokes with dipping sauce from Vegan Table
Roasted beet salad with hazelnuts, thyme and balsamic reduction from Oh She Glows
Sweet potato gnocchi with seared Brussels sprouts & tarragon cream from Isa Does It
Chocolate cherry cake from Vegan Diner

They're all new-to-me recipes, and I can squeak in an IDI recipe for the monthly challenge!

I'm wondering now if chocolate beer waffles and chocolate cherry cake will be too much chocolate for one day... My bf loves cherries, so maybe I'll make the dessert a cherry dessert without chocolate.


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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:42 pm 
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I don't think you can ever have too much chocolate!

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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LazySmurf wrote:
I don't think you can ever have too much chocolate!



Ditto

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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I was thinking I'd do some kind of a play on a wellington, not sure what I'm going to do for sides or dessert yet, except I know I want the dessert to be chocolate something.


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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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yay! I also love special treats on Valentine's Day! I don't know what I'll make yet this year - I have a yoga workshop I have to go to right in the middle of the day... so I gotta work around that. Last year we made calzones, which was fun, but also not really worth all the effort. Ha ha. I'll put on my thinking cap and report back!

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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I didn't realize it was on a weekend this year! I think we'll probably go out to dinner, but for sure I'm making a chai cheesecake.

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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For those who are debating pasta/ravioli/gnocchi, there's recipes for all of them in Chloe's Italian book!

Mr Moon and I aren't big celebrators of Valentine's Day, but since it is on a Sunday this year maybe I'll make a special dinner. I could use an excuse to make lasagna

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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Shy Mox wrote:
I didn't realize it was on a weekend this year! I think we'll probably go out to dinner, but for sure I'm making a chai cheesecake.

Chai cheesecake? Where would I find a recipe for that?


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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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rohai wrote:
Shy Mox wrote:
I didn't realize it was on a weekend this year! I think we'll probably go out to dinner, but for sure I'm making a chai cheesecake.

Chai cheesecake? Where would I find a recipe for that?


Mastering The Art Of Vegan Cooking, but someone posted the recipe here if you don't have the book: http://epicureanvegan.com/2015/09/06/ve ... -lavender/

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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Shy Mox wrote:
rohai wrote:
Shy Mox wrote:
I didn't realize it was on a weekend this year! I think we'll probably go out to dinner, but for sure I'm making a chai cheesecake.

Chai cheesecake? Where would I find a recipe for that?


Mastering The Art Of Vegan Cooking, but someone posted the recipe here if you don't have the book: http://epicureanvegan.com/2015/09/06/ve ... -lavender/

Thanks for the link, that looks awesome!


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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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I want to enjoy this valentine of mine in an exotic methodology for cooking , something new i am in search for where i and my fiancee can cook together (offcourse not in our kitchen) and can enjoy.
and should have variety of wines to taste.... any place any one can suggest in stockholm or gothenburg


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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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We're also going the couples' cooking route for a mostly Japanese-inspired menu (half Bamboo Sushi/half Departure menu perusing).

tsukemono - quick pickles
shredded brussels with mint, basil, lime
miso mushrooms
gf tempura? or maybe tonkotsu gf ramen or miso soup...
salt & pepper tempeh with fresh chiles
pear ginger tart
eta: sparkling freaking wine (maybe with poached pear? did I mention I bought a big bag of pears for a buck yesterday?)

(and this is all my thoughts so far, will connect with my date about her ideas/what she wants to do!!)

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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We won't be able to have a fancy dinner together, so I think I'm going to go with VWAV fronch toast with tofurky or field roast sausages on the side. I think I'll make truffles too.

There is a vegan place in town I just learned about that sounds amazing, and I might see if we can go there on Saturday. M is currently in nursing school and working full-time so we'll see if he's not too tired to do anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
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GF and I aren't really romantic, but I like any holiday that gives a cheesy theme. So I'm going to try to bake something for the office (bought some cute themed cupcake wrappers for the occasion) and might turn last year's heart-shaped pizza into a tradition.

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 Post subject: Re: Valentine's Day
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:23 pm 
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It's looking pretty simple this year.

Either cinnamon or chocolate cake donuts for breakfast. Dinner consists of penne puttanesca & herbed garlic toast from Chloe's Italian book, alongside asparagus (grilled? steamed? lightly dressed?)

I want to make Isa's chocolate cherry mini-loaves into muffins as well, but I might make those as a dessert-y snack to share & giveaway & make a separate dessert for dinner, I haven't decided yet.

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