St. Valentine’s – The Chocolate Lover’s Day

The ‘cupid affect’ may come and go, but chocolate is forever – at least for us dedicated chocoholics. Thank goodness for the Mayans and Aztecs!

Chocolate has come to represent everything St. Valentine’s – from overflowing heart-shaped boxes to elegant cocoa nib, chocolate, and citrus dacquoise.

An incredibly elegant finish to a romantic evening.

An incredibly elegant finish to a romantic evening.

You may not be in love at the moment, but that doesn’t preclude you from thoroughly enjoying St. Valentine’s evening. Gather a group of your closest friends, rent a thriller (I personally recommend Monte Casino) and settle in to enjoy a great meal. And if you are in love, enjoy it – and the food – to the fullest!

Chocolate Lover’s St. Valentine’s menu

Antipasto

Classic Bruschette – you can also rub fresh garlic on the toasted bread, drizzle extra-virgin olive oil and salt to taste

Bite-sized pieces of Parmigiano Reggiano

Whole Green and Black Olives

Main Course

Cocoa and Spice Slow Roasted Pork (About 5 1/2hrs of long. lazy roasting are required so start it early then relax and enjoy the wonderful aromas!)

Baby Mixed Greens with fresh raspberries and Bold Parmesan and Garlic or Herb Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Herb Vinaigrette

1/4c Lucini Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

2tblsp Lucini Pinot Noir Red Wine Vinager

1 small clove fresh garlic crushed with knife then finely chopped (can substitute 1/4 teasp garlic powder)

1/2 teasp fresh thyme (bruise between fingers to release oils)

1/4 teasp salt (or to taste)

Freshly ground pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Pour over salad and toss.

Fruit

Fresh Clementines

Fresh Naval Oranges

Dessert

Dark Chocolate-Lime Souffles

Tanginess with a chocolate lover's twist

Tanginess with a chocolate lover's twist

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