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Monday, February 9, 2009

What Does Pink Taste Like?

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching, and as a husbad of one wife and father of four girls, I clearly am not going to let this holiday slip by unnoticed.

Usually, Cindy and I celebrate with a date on some day other than February 14, if for no other reason than waits are shorter at restaurants and babysitters are easier to come by.

However, on the actual holiday, we will probably celebrate in our traditional fashion with an all-pink or red meal with the kids. It's fun to plan what kinds of food are already pink or red and which other ones can have their colors altered to fit in our requirements. Of course, red sauces are easy, and we can find reddish pasta. Red Jell-O. Red drinks. Red applesauce. Raw beef.

I'm ready to try some new things, so as we are nearing our deadline, does anyone have some genius red/pink food ideas that would amaze my little family? If we include your ideas/recipes, I'll be sure to credit you in the Valentine's Dinner Photo Essay. Maybe I'll even send you any leftovers.

I must admit, this red meal is much, much, much easier to plan than the green one for St. Patrick's Day.


His Girl said...

Breakfast is much easier to do this. My mom used to scramble pink eggs. I am lazy and just make heart shaped pink pancakes and serve it with pink milk.

OJ doesn't pink up, though... fyi

javamamma said...

No ideas here.

We have basically the same plans here though. A family Valentine's Day meal (and a guest this year) and we'll go out another night ~ when the wait is shorter and a babysitter is available!

Anonymous said...

Bleeding Heart Gelatin Dessert

4 cups boiling water
12 oz. Jell-O, peach (flesh) or strawberry (internal organ)
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 can (12 oz) unsweetened evaporated milk
1/2 cup grenadine syrup
1 cup light corn syrup
red food coloring, small bottle (0.3 oz)
blue food coloring, 3 drops
1 1-gallon plastic food storage bag (plain, without zipper)

Dissolve gelatins (unflavored and Jell-O) in boiling water.
Cool to room temperature. (Penn and Teller emphasize that this
step is very important. And you'd better listen to them. This
is their recipe, not Chef Andy's!) Stir in condensed milk.
Pour enough of the mixture into your handy heart-shaped Jell-O
mold to cover half-an-inch of the bottom. Place mold in
refrigerator to chill, and reserve remaining liquid at room

Mix together corn syrup, grenadine, and food colorings. Turn
food storage bag inside out and fill with syrup mixture.
Expell all air from bag; twist bag closed and tie shut by
knotting it. Cut off excess plastic.

When gelatin mixture in mold has firmed, place blood bag on
top of it, making certain that there is at least 3/4" of
space between bag and all sides of the mold. You don't want
your guests guessing the secret! Pour reserved gelatin mixture
over bloodbag. You needn't cover bloodbag completely; the top
of the mold will become the bottom of the dessert when it's
removed from the mold.

Chill until completely set, about 4 hours. Turn out of mold
onto serving platter. (See tips) To serve, present to guests
and allow them sufficient time to admire your fine craftsmanship.
Then whip out your gigantic Psycho-remake-style butcher knife,
stab it in the middle, and twist to open the wound and let
the yummy sweet blood flow out. Top slices of heart with
blood sauce

Hope @ Thoughts of Whimsy said...

Red Hots & Red Velvet Cake! Cindy...don't worry it is still chocolate!!

Staci said...

I vote for strawberries and brown sugar. It's easy to make, delicious to eat, and I think girls of all ages will dig 'em.

1.Hull some large strawberries (leave them whole).

2.Dip each strawberry into soft cream cheese (that spreadable kind) - just about halfway up.

3.Roll the dipped strawberry in brown sugar.

4. Eat. Them All.

Diana said...

I made my husband red french toast once. I got up early, pinked up the eggs for dipping, and cut the bread into heart shaped pieces (by hand mind you, I had no cookie cutter...) He refused to eat, he has this weird thing with colored foods.. whatev! ;)