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Recipes - Love Is In The Pudding

Nirmala Garimella

(This article is sponsored by Milan Restaurant)

A traditional Chinese Love Potion consists of a handful of coriander seeds crushed and stirred into a glass of white wine while chanting the term "Warm seed, love run strong; warm heart, let us never part". The lovers are then to drink the wine, and their love is assured.

Start the Day with a Valentine Day Breakfast dish

Ingredients :
Breakfast, Cheese/eggs

1 1/2 c Finely chopped mushrooms
1/4 c Sliced green onion/scallions
1 tb Margarine or butter
1 tb All-purpose flour
1/4 c Milk

Egg Mixture:

1/2 c All-purpose flour
2 c Milk
2 tb Margarine or butter
1/4 ts Salt
1/4 ts Pepper
1/8 ts Ground nutmeg
4 Eggs, slightly beaten
1 c Shredded cheddar cheese

Cook mushrooms and onion in margarine or butter till tender (about 5 minutes). Stir in flour and pepper. Stir in milk all at once. Cook, stirring over low heat until thickened and bubbly; set aside. Egg Mixture: Combine flour and milk in medium saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Stir in the margarine or butter till melted. Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add eggs, and stir until combined. Stir in 3/4 cup of the cheese. Pour half of the egg mixture into a lightly greased baking dish. Spoon mushroom mixture over egg mixture. Top with the remaining egg mixture. Bake in 400-degree oven 20 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand 5 minutes. If desired, garnish with finely chopped red pepper.

Work up an appetite with Valentine's Day Caviar Heart Kisses

1 Cucumber, scrubbed and trimmed
1/3 c Sour Cream
1 ts Dried dill weed
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Jar red salmon caviar
Fresh dill sprigs
8 Thin slices whole-wheat bread
Butter or margarine
Slice cucumber into 1/4-inch rounds. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, dried dill and pepper. Place one teaspoon of the sour cream mixture on each cucumber slice. Garnish each with about 1/2 teaspoon caviar and a dill sprig. Cut bread slices with heart-shaped cookie cutter. Toast and butter. Place cucumber slices in center of serving plate and surround with toast hearts.

End the evening with cocktails and dessert

Passion Fruit Champagne cocktails

1 cup chilled passion fruit blend
1 cup chilled champagne or other sparkling white wine
4 fresh raspberries or small strawberries
1 orange slice, cut in half

Divide fruit blend in 2 chilled champagne flutes. Add champagne. Drop 2 berries into each drink. Garnish with orange.

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