FEBRUARY. . . the
MONTH for LOVERS!
Great Cooking Ideas.com
I'm Patti Saunders Mays in Boise, and I'm so glad you're here.
As most of you know, I'm the owner of Great Cooking Ideas.com, and the one responsible for how often you visit my site, how much you like it and find it helpful, and whether you tell your friends. And I take that responsibility very seriously.This site is all about casual, affordable recipes that are kitchen tested (that's important!), family friendly and exceptionally good. I have lots of terrific recipes and ideas to share with you... I also have an untameable sense of humor and you'll find that throughout the site as well.
Enjoy! Use the recipes and feel free to copy and re-post (please, oh please give me credit!) and by all means - come back often!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYBODY!
- Patti Mays
What to do for kids and sweethearts...
MAKE CAKE POPS! Kids love em!
Here's a neat video all about how to make easy cake pops. I love this video b/c it's easy to understand and the pictures are clear. You might have to sit thru a 10-second ad. Sorry.. I don't know how to get rid of those. :>
CAKE POP VIDEO
REMEMBER THESE OLD-FASHIONED
VALENTINES? I STILL LOVE THEM!
PEANUT BUTTER PIE
This is a total winner, whether you're romancing your sweetheart, entertaining your kids, contributing to a potluck for the office or all-out entertaining. The flavor is so good and that texture - so creamy! One of those pies where you take one fork full and RELISH that creamy feeling and wonderful flavor in your mouth.
CREME BRULEE RECIPE...
This recipe is from one of my favorite sites, "Taste of Home." The recipe is so great because it's delicious, yet very simple -just a few ingredients. The flavor is to die for and creme brulee looks so fancy-schmantzy!
ANOTHER NEAT VIDEO:
HOW TO MAKE HEART-SHAPED
BROWNIES... SO EASY!
These cuties look like they came from a bakery, they're so professional looking. But GOOD NEWS! They start with a mix. Yess! Sooo easy and cute . . . and GOOOOD!
(recipe and photo from All Recipes. I adore that site!!)
Ingredients. . .
16 ounces milk choc chips
2 tablespoons shortening
1 pound fresh strawberries
Directions. . .
- Insert toothpicks into the
tops of the strawberries.
- In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring
occasionally until smooth.
- Holding them by the toothpicks (I used a pickle fork), dip the
strawberries into the chocolate mixture and coat completely.
- Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick
into Styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.
SPEAKING OF ROMANTIC . . .
EVER TRIED STRAWBERRIES
Well, there's nothing to it at all,
and it's soooo romantic
You just get some fresh plump strawberries, some champagne, and pretty stemmed glasses or champagne flutes. Wash the strawberries well and dry w/paper towels. (You don't want the champagne to get watery!)
Put a strawberry or 2 in the bottom of each empty glass and then slowly pour champagne over. The fizzing will stick to the strawberry so it continues to bubble for a longer time than champagne usually does. It just looks beautiful and it's very special. Tastes great too!
If you don't especially like champagne, another bubbly that tastes FABULOUS and is very affordable is called "New Age" sparkling white wine. Get it at any grocery store. It is absolutely delicious. Serve cold!
NOW... WHAT TO MAKE FOR DINNER!?
I've discovered this wonderful treat one year ago, and it is still one of the best dishes I have EVER had. And my husband totally agrees! The flavor is sophisticated and different without being weird. Yet it's easy enough to make... just takes a little bit of planning. Here's the
recipe link again: SHRIMP CURRY with LIME COUSCOUS
~ DON'T FORGET THE FLOWERS ~
Beautiful flowers do NOT have to cost an arm & leg. You can get fabulous roses at Costco for $15, and possibly even less at grocery stores. Check thrift stores for clear vases... they sell most vases for less than $1. Square ones like this are gorgeous but if you can't find one, there are about a million other vases at thrift stores in all shapes & sizes. To make the vase appear red, you can fill the bottom with red glass marbles (dollar store!) or you can also add several drops of red food coloring. (I like marbles best b/c when you change the water you don't have to add more food coloring. :>)
HAVE FUN! LOVE YOU GUYS! - Patti