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Food is Love
I am celebrating the amazing friends in my life by planning a delicious Galentine’s Day menu. There will be plenty of healthy food. But they better save room for dessert. I’ve even thrown in a cooking activity just for fun.
Salad with fried goat cheese- For the salad, I’ll be using a spring mix, preferably one with arugula which pairs well with goat cheese. Epicurious has a fairly simple recipe. The breaded goat cheese can be made the day ahead and kept in the refrigerator before frying. Baking them is an option as well. Simply preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the goat cheese medallions on top of the parchment and spray with olive oil. This will help them get crispy and golden. Bake for approximately 6 – 8 minutes. Once done, transfer to a wire cooling rack or a cutting board so they do not continue to cook on the baking sheet.
Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Creamy Pesto Pasta – This recipe comes courtesy of Half-Baked Harvest. I love all of her recipes. What I appreciate about this recipe is that it uses coconut milk instead of regular milk, since I am dairy-free. For the past, which is your choice, I will use Banza linguini.
When I think about Valentine’s Day, is I think of roses, champagne, and strawberries. So I’m going rosé by making Frosé. It’s fairly simple. I’ll be using strawberries, vodka, Cointreau, Rosé, and ice.
Even though I love to cook, I am not much of a baker. I think it’s because I don’t have a sweet tooth. But, lately, I’ve been dabbling with my baking skills. For my Galentine’s Day menu, I decided I wanted to make heart-shaped Linzer cookies. Definitely a little ambitious for a novice. I wish I had taken the time to read the notes about the dough being very sticky.
After flouring a surface and my rolling pin, trying parchment paper, I gave up. Perhaps, black was not the best color to wear. I managed to get 8 hearts cut out. I even contemplated throwing the dough away, convinced I did something wrong. Fortunately, I decided to wrap them in smaller pieces and refrigerate them.
Once I understood a better way to work with the dough, I started again the next day. I spread a generous amount of flour and worked with small batches. After a few hours, I had my Linzer cookies.
As a fun activity, I got them each a Red Velvet Cupcake Mix. HomeGoods had them for $5.99 each.