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Food, Chocolate, Wine… sounds like a Valentine

Food, chocolate, and wine seem to be “musts” in any romantic movie scene especially on Valentine’s Day. Food is far more than flavor, taste and satisfying hunger; it is memories, too. For the past 7 years, I have made my signature molten cakes in heart shaped ramekins given to me by my mother. You better believe I can remember each and every year, especially when my daughter became old enough to enjoy and appreciate how cool it was to have heart-shaped treats on Valentine’s day. I hope to someday hand down this tradition to her as long as she promises to make some for her mom (recipe below).

This Valentine Day, grab one of Cosentino’s gift baskets and make some memories of your own, whether with your sweetheart, friends or a family affair. For this blog I have decided to share some fun Valentine gift ideas and romantic moments associated with the big screen.

1. While Italian food makes its way into many movie scenes, nothing seems to stand out as much as the infamous scene in the Lady & a Tramp where Tramp so graciously shares the last meatball with Lady. Grab the Italian gift basket and re-create the scene- she will be sure to love it!

2. Chocolate is so loved they even made a whole movie about Chocolat (Sinfully delicious). Be sure to grab your sweetie a goodie basket full of only the finest chocolates that are so decadent you can’t help but slow down and enjoy each and every bite. Don’t forget the delicacy worth savoring every last bite – the chocolate covered strawberry- & be sure to get your bed of roses.

3. BBQ may not be associated with the traditional Valentine’s day but it associated with many romantic scenes during the summer. My scene pick that comes to mind for this is the episode of Sex & the City where there is a BBQ on the roof with their neighbors just celebrating everyone being fabulous!

4. Perhaps your Valentine would prefer something non-food related, then have fun with the locally own Zum Valentine day package. Let her have a bubble bath that leaves her so relaxed she is caught singing “Roxanne” at the top of her lungs and feeling like a pretty woman.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

(courtesy of glorioustreats.com)

Yield: 6-8 cakes

Ingredients

6 oz. (6, 1 oz squares) bittersweet chocolate

2 oz. (2, 1 oz squares) semi-sweet chocolate

10 tablespoons Challenge butter

1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 eggs

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Preheat oven to 425*F. Grease 6-8 (6oz) ramekins (oven safe dustard cups) with butter, or non-stick cooking spray. You can fill 6 dishes full, or 8 dishes 3/4 full.

Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, or in a double boiler. Stir the melted chocolate and butter until smooth, then add the flour and sugar and stir just a couple times.

Add in the eggs, yolks and vanilla, and stir until incorporated and smooth. Divide the batter as evenly as possible among the ramekins.

Bake 14 minutes if using 6 dishes, or 12 minutes if batter is divided into 8 dishes. The edges should be firm, but the center will be loose.

Allow to cool 1-2 minutes. Enjoy directly from the dish, or run a knife around the edges of the dish, and invert onto a dessert plate. Dust with powdered sugar, or serve with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.

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