A couple weeks ago a few wonderful fellow home cooks that I recently met through Umi Kitchen and I decided to have a potluck brunch together that happened to fall on Valentine's Day weekend. I immediately got excited because, well, who the hell wouldn't?!
I knew straight away that I wanted egg cups to be my contribution. After all they are delicious, beautiful, and easy to transport.
Valentine's Day is coming up quick and if you are anything like me you don't have a restaurant reservation made. For me it's partially laziness, but mostly it's more like I'd rather cook a fancy dinner at home and have some privacy with my boyfriend rather than be in a restaurant (though nothing is wrong with that - it is just my personal preference!). So if you are where I am, you're probably wondering what the hell you should make for you and your significant other this Valentine's Day. Or maybe you are single and want to have a friend date, roommate date, whatever. Either way, it's a time to get fancy.
We all want to get fancy without breaking the bank. The only splurge in this is the duck breast, which will cost somewhere around $10-15. Even then it still beats the cost of a fancy restaurant dinner! A few simple ingredients made the right way will impress whoever you are cooking for this Saturday and really set the mood right.
Nothing inspires me to bake more than a rainy Sunday. I love being cooped up inside with the sound of rain tapping on the windows and the smell of baked goods in the air! It's so relaxing and home-y. And in the winter I feel it just adds a layer of comfort and warmth.
I'm all about any type of cookie. You just can't go wrong. But shortbread cookies hold a super special place in my heart. They're basically crunchy yet melt-in-your-mouth butter and I just love that. I use the same base recipe for my shortbread cookies every time but depending on my mood they either stay plain or get flavored. Being that it is winter and citrus fruit is at its prime, the mood struck for me to flavor them with the sweetness of blood orange.
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