By Bernadine Chapman-Cruz
Valentine’s Day is associated with the conventional cupids, flowers, candy and hearts. Keep the loving feeling all month long with a ‘hearts at the table’ theme incorporated into simple imaginative foods and heart themed table settings. A little thought and a bit of creativity can bring a special kind of love to your table. Inexpensive novelty décor tableware can be purchased for pennies on the dollar during the frenzy of the Valentine’s Day rush. Discount stores also offer a variety of suitable themed merchandise. Table covers, napkins, plates and decorative accessories, combined with whimsical creative homemade dishes will become the memories that seal family traditions for years to come. Bring a special kind of love to mealtime, one that’s guaranteed to warm the tummy and the heart.
Cut French toast into heart shapes and serve with berry syrup and strawberries
Serve an egg in a basket – also known as, hen in a nest, chicken egg nest, sunshine toast, moon egg or cowboy egg. Prepare bread by cutting out a hole with a large heart shaped cookie cutter before breaking egg into the center.
A bowl of oatmeal topped with a heart shaped dollop of strawberry jam
Heart shaped sandwich with cream cheese and strawberry jam filling
Steaming tomato soup with a heart shaped grilled cheese sandwich
Ambrosia, garnished with a maraschino cherry, served in a heart shaped bowl
Molded heart shaped cottage cheese and strawberry salad
Appetizer: Heart shaped pieces of cheese with assorted crackers
Entrée: Baked chicken breast or pork chop with rice or baked potato, accompanied by salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing garnished with strawberries
Dessert: vanilla ice cream drizzled with cherry cordial
Dinner can be served with wine atop fancy linens accompanied by candlelight
From my heart to yours – enjoy!
Easy Ambrosia Salad
1 can mandarin oranges – drained
1 can crushed pineapple – drained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sour cream
Mix all ingredients – refrigerate overnight
Bernadine Chapman-Cruz Copyright 2012