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Chocolate raspberry thumbprints to love

Raspberry and chocolate. Need I say more? This classic combo is easy to love on Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to treat yourself — or someone else! — to something special. I wanted a quick cookie that could ship easily to those I love overseas and across country. With protection of a cookie tin and a few layers of wax paper to separate, these did the job beautifully — thanks for the idea Saving Room for Dessert.  Chocolate raspberry thumbprints Ingredients 2 cups flour, leveled 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp salt 1 cup sugar 2 sticks butter (1 cup), room temperature 1 egg yolk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup raspberry jam, stirred (seeded or unseeded) Optional: 2 tbsp milk Optional: crushed pistachios, Directions In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar…

14 things you should cover in chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate covered strawberries are incredible, but most things tastes delicious when smothered in a layer of smooth, warm, chocolate. Why not expand your skills this year, and try something new? Here are 14 new ideas for that pot of tempered, melty fudge. Marshmallow pops To get to that delicious, chewy marshmallow you must first break through a layer of sweet, melty fudge first. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/553520610438069437/ Banana split bites Most fruits can be a perfect companion to luscious chocolate. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/202591683215403774/ Chocolate and bacon covered pretzels A way to his heart… https://www.pinterest.com/pin/206602701631196610/ Chocolate covered apple slices Be sure to use good, firm apples for best results. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/302585668692928251/ Chocolate covered cookie dough balls Imagine receiving a heart-shaped box of these beauties. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/108790147222673563/ Chocolate covered potato chips Sweet and salty is always a good combo. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/13370130119218641/ Chocolate covered jalApeños Raise the heat this Valentine’s Day with these chocolate covered jalapeños. Spicy and smooth are an excellent…

These are the 100 Most romantic restaurants in America

Sometimes you just need to fill your stomach, but other times, you’re going out for the food as much as the ambiance. As the biggest dining out holiday of the year approaches, OpenTable, an online provider of dining reservations, unveiled what users voted as the most romantic restaurants. More than 12 million verified experiences were tabulated, so it’s safe to say this isn’t just one person’s opinion on romance. The complete list is pretty diverse and includes 32 different states. The food includes everything from Italian and French to steakhouses — proving the right atmosphere and charming location matters just as much, if not more than the type of food served. Listed in alphabetical order, here are the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018. 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018 Altius – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd08yzeljz2/?taken-by=altius_pgh Ariana – Bend, Oregon https://www.instagram.com/p/Bbr9_dTBBQs/?taken-at=1986676 Arrowleaf Bistro – Winthrop, Washington https://www.instagram.com/p/w2vgC6pCVN/?taken-by=arrowleafbistro…

Survey reveals most popular Valentine’s Day candy by state

It’s no secret that people spend big bucks for gifts on Valentine’s Day. Flowers, perfume, jewelry, romantic getaways, and, of course, candy. It’s projected that Americans will spend about $1.8 billion on the sweet stuff in the weeks leading up to the holiday of love. But if you’re not sure what kind of sugar to buy your sweetie, a glance at this state-by-state map of favorite candies might give you some inspiration. CandyStore.com analyzed 10 years of online bulk candy sales from January 1 through February 14 every year to revel the trends. And it looks like there’s a new candy king in town. Conversation hearts are favored by more people than the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates. Other lovable favorites like Hershey Kisses and chocolate hearts also made the list. So which candy does your state prefer? Does it sync with your own favorites? When it comes to Valentine’s Day…

15 Sweet breakfast ideas for Valentine’s Day morning

There’s no better, or easier, way to score big points on Valentine’s Day than with a delicious breakfast-in-bed spread for your sweetie. Wake up a few minutes early and sneak off to the kitchen to whip up wondrous red velvet waffles, or keep it light with light pink smoothies and yogurt bits. Keep these 14 sweet recipes on hand for your most unforgettable Feb. 14 morning yet. Nutella and Strawberry stuffed french toast Nutella and strawberry is a match made in breakfast heaven. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/233272455673397780/ Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls Cinnamon rolls are even sweeter when when they’re reshaped like little hearts. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/207306389072827213/ Banana Pancakes Aside from the romantic song Jack Johnson wrote about them, banana pancakes are just a delicious morning meal. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/102034747785964220/ Strawberry Cream Cheese breakfast pastries These would be a sweet breakfast no matter what shape they are, but you’ll definitely get bonus points for the extra heart-shaped effort. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48343395978352965/ French Toast Churros Serve…

Valentine’s Day Dining: Most Romantic Restaurants Nationwide

Valentine’s Day is the second-busiest dining out day in America—falling only behind Mother’s Day. About $7 million will be spent at restaurants with bills averaging from $87 to $287 in cities like San Francisco or New York. Diners, of course, have unique preferences and expectations when it comes to food and atmosphere, but certain types of restaurants can always expect to see a bump in foot traffic on or around February 14. Around this time, couples prefer to feast on French, Italian or Spanish style cuisine. Steakhouses and wineries are also popular choices, and even though Asians restaurants typically don’t top the list, Google searches for “sushi” spike every year around mid February suggesting that couples who cook or order take-out go this route. GrubHub, an online food-ordering company, reports the most popular item ordered on the holiday is the heart-shaped Valentine sushi roll. About 25% of people dine out on Valentine’s…