Happy Valentine’s to me! I bought three new books at Barnes + Noble with giftcards from Matt’s dad for Xmas. Well, technically Matt and I bought each other the gifts 🙂
This 150 Healthiest Foods book is awesome!!! I just picked it off the shelf and really liked what he had to say. I’ve been reading Nicholas Sparks since The Notebook so I got the new one on that (although his first 2 books were by far the best). And Michael Pollan rules and so does food!! (I like to think the title means Food Rules and Dogs Drool and not so much ‘rules’ as in commands )
While we were in B + N we ran into Diana and Dan!!!!!!!!
And then we followed each other over to EarthFare and got to chat up food talk while we kept crossing paths when we shopped.
I’m trying a new milk – a local creamery. It was less expensive than the EarthFare Organic milk, and while this milk isn’t organic, it is local and if EarthFare sells it it’s bound to be good.
I also found two new yogurts to cheer up my 5-days-a-week lunchbox!
And two baby squashies!
We almost got EarthFare soup + salad bar for dinner….but Diana convinced me my original Valentine’s idea was worth doing. And I’m so glad I did it!!
Baked tofu hearts!!
Cut dried block into slabs
Matt cut one big heart by hand, but we decided the cookie cutter was a much better tool and size
How much would kids love this!?
We baked them at 375* for about 20-25 minutes (after spraying with cooking spray) and made the BBQ sauce in this recipe. We baked them dry though and added the sauce as a dipper.
We also roasted the squashes for lunches
And sweet potato cubes for dinner!
Lots of pans!
I made the night special with a POMpagne – POM and seltzer.
Matt loved it!! Haha
Dinner turned out so great!!!!
Tofu with BBQ sauce dipper
Sweet potatoes with maple syrup dipper. These were the BEST sweet potatoes we have ever cooked!! 400* tossed in a little canola oil and roasted for about 30 minutes. They were perfect pillows of marshmallow!! These were also organic sweet potatoes, so maybe they had more flavor than the ones I’ve been used to?
The last menu item was some steamed napa cabbage with mustard, cidar vinegar and pecans
Gotta have a little sumptin’ for dessert on Valentine’s!
We did a chocolate tasting complemented with some Sandeman Port that I was sent to review (still loving my wine review job, but only had a thimble size due to last night’s overdose!)
Matt and I both LOVE port! This one was beautifully thick, rich and sweet and did not have much of that nutty taste that often accompanies ports. I really loved it – it was very much like a dessert wine. Matt missed the nut a little, but his palate isn’t as important 😉
The featured chocolates included….
VeggieGirl Vosges Peanut Butter Bonbon, VeggieGirl Futter Butter Organic Vegan Caramel Confections. Liz is too generous and obviously loves to fill me with chocolates!!!! And lastly some Gail Ambrosius Dark Chocolates filled with Wisconsin Crave Brothers Mascarpone that I was sent from Cheese Cupid for Valentine’s! These have the creamiest chocolate filling – must be that cheese. And the dark chocolate was awesome. I heart dark chocolate!!
They were each sooooo good for different reasons. If I had to pick a favorite though, the Vosges combo of sea salt and peanut butter with dark chocolate was just deeeee-vine!!!
Going to snuggle on the couch before bedtime <3