So it’s finally here…February. What does that mean you ask? Well…it means it’s the coldest month of the year. In Connecticut…it means that as I am writing this we are getting 8 inches of snow and in a couple of hours I will have to go outside and dig out my car. It also means the fun sporting events like the Super Bowl and the 2014 Winter Olympics. There is one other thing February means…Valentines Day!
Now for me I could take or leave all the romantic stuff about Valentines Day. Don’t get me wrong, that stuff is great. But at the end of the day, isn’t the best part the food??? Breakfast in bed, lots of chocolate, fancy dinners…it is a food lovers dream.
However, it can also be a lot of pressure. What do you do? Do you stay home and make a romantic dinner or do you go out to a fancy restaurant? Do you exchange gifts or only cards? Flowers or Candy? Oh stress…
Personally, nothing says I love you more than cooking for someone. When you cook, you are showing someone that you care enough to spend your time making them something. Is there really anything more personal? I don’t think so. It might be cliche…but in my opinion there is nothing more romantic than sharing a meal with someone that you made yourself.
Since we are getting close to Valentines Day I thought I would start off by sharing this wonderful cupcake recipe. Now I wish I could take credit for it…but that would be a lie. This is actually one of my all time favorite cake recipes and I have been making a version of it for years. It is Beatty’s Chocolate Cake by the Barefoot Contessa, and it is amazing, decadent and fool proof. Before I was a clean eater, I would make this recipe anytime I had to bring a dessert. Therefore, I was determined to find a way to make it “clean.” I swapped out the refined flour, oil, and sugar for whole food ingredients and happily it tastes just as good as I remembered! Now, I did change up the frosting recipe to one of my own, but if you want to make the one she suggests with the recipe, it would be delicious as well. Check out the original recipe here, you wont be disappointed.
Local Ingredient: Local Wildflower Honey (purchased from a local farm stand).
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.