Most gals yearn for chocolate. Put me in the “yes” category on that one. Romantic dinner for two? The occasion definitely calls for pasta. Combine these two ingredients for a romantic Valentine’s Day and wha-la! Chocolate Pasta with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce.

Chocolate Pasta with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Chocolate pasta? Say what? Did you do a double take?

Okay, I may have lost it this time. Chocolate with cheese? Why not? It certainly works on cheese boards, so why not in one hot bowl for me and my lover?

I’ve been harboring this package of chocolate pasta for a while now all in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. The moment I laid eyes on it while roaming the eyes of Home Goods (I find so many unexpected finds there!) my synapses snapped.

Chocolate Pasta with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Chocolate. Spunky cheese. Cream. A few really good ingredients to make a really great dish. My head was in forward motion. My recipe practically wrote itself as I was standing in the gourmet foods aisle.

But then this recipe almost didn’t see the light of day.

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55 Lover-ly Valentine Desserts and Drinks

by heidi on February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day is upon us and love is in the air. Everywhere we look around. Love is in the air. Every sight and every sound. Were you like me and love this song

Whether you’ll be in the company of your best girls, celebrating Gal-entine’s Day over cocktails (thanks Leslie Knope), cooking with your sweetie, or rocking it solo, we’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the web for some of the sexiest, cutest, festive recipes for this holiday, and we think you’ll fall in love (or at least go a bit weak in the knees). 

55 Lover-ly Valentine Desserts and Drinks

Thanks to my intrepid contributor Hayley, (definitely check her out over here and here) today’s post is chock-full of sweetness, bubbles and lots of pink. And THAT is what Valentine’s Day is all about.

Now, let’s get that heart going pitter-patter…

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There are so many reasons to eat well in this world. For the fortunate—those that have a paycheck to spend and nutritious food nearby to invest that paycheck in—there are many opportunities to do so.

Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushroom |

But for some life doesn’t work that way. There isn’t a paycheck. Sometimes there isn’t even a store. And others to provide for you? That could very possibly be out of the question too.

For adults in this situation it can become a circular battle that just keeps spinning out of control. For an adult who isn’t sure of where their next meal is coming from, at least they can be hopeful that there is a way out and work toward that goal.

But what about the children? Children who don’t have access to food? Kids who are forever hungry. Starving even. Those little faces who have no control over where or if they’ll be eating today, tomorrow or next week? Can you imagine how scared they must feel? How overwhelming it must be to simply. not. know.

Today I’m asking that you join me in making a change in the lives of those that go hungry. I’m challenging you to join me in donating just $10 to The Lunchbox Fund to provide lunch for 100 school children for one year. A lunch that could possibly be there only meal of the day.

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Apple and Pear Chocolate Hand Pies

by heidi on February 8, 2014

Valentine’s Day. Just knowing that someone loves you should be enough. But…if that’s the case…then why is it so much fun to give, and get, a little love?

Apple and Pear Chocolate Hand Pies

I vividly remember my 3rd grade Valentine’s Day. My doily and construction heart decorated valentine’s box eagerly awaited a valentine, any valentine, from the debonair, brown haired, almost as tall as me, Kendall.

To my relief, his valentine to me was deposited in my gussied up shoebox, along with the same valentine to the other 28 in my class, and it was just about as special as the carbon copy sentiment he gave to everyone else.

It was my first lesson in love: You have to put in the effort to make it special.

This year I’ve already received a warm-up Valentine’s Day Gift Basket from my friends at Harry & David. Once again they’ve proved that they are the experts at knowing how to make the recipient feel special. I wish they’d been around to talk to Kendall…

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Happy Friday friends, and friends of friends and people in front of the screen / tablet / mobile phone who I love / am thankful / adore because you visit this blog and hopefully find something of amusement / interest / tasty to create.

5 Food Blogs I'm Following Now

This week we’re taking a diversion from my usual Friday Faves link / love / lust list.

I’m often asked about new blogs I’ve discovered, who I’m reading now, and where to find inspiration through great recipes and beautiful food photography. So now, on the first Friday of each month, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite food blog finds with you, the blogs I’m reading now.

With the preponderance of food blogs gracing the www, this list is far from comprehensive, and I doubt that even if I had 5,347 Fridays in my lifetime of blogging that I’d ever be able to skirt the surface of the number of food blogs out there that have so much to offer.

Rather, I’m hopeful these short lists will give you some new spots on the web to poke around and be inspired, or maybe remind you of what some of your current favorites are up to.

With that, here’s to another reason to celebrate Fridays and here’s February’s list of 5 Food Blogs I’m Following Now.

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