|Enlightened Linzer Cookies|
F-stop has a wicked sweet tooth, so for Valentine's Day, I made him some Heart-Felt Linzer Cookies. [The recipe will, of course, appear in my new cookbook.] Traditional Linzer cookies tend to be so heavy that you need to take a nap after eating one. Mine are lighter and impart a subtle citrus flavor, thanks to the addition of some lemon zest. The brightness of the citrus contrasts nicely against the puckery-sweetness of the raspberry jam.
|All packed up and ready to go|
You can make Linzer cookies using special cookie cutters, like the one I used for the circle cookies. But you can also get creative and use two cookie cutters of the same shape, in two different sizes, as I did with the heart-shaped cookies. You simply cut out two cookies using the larger cutters. Then you cut a little "window" from one cookie, using the smaller cutter, to make the top.
|Chocolate-Covered Strawberries: not just for Valentine's Day|
I also made F-stop some chocolate dipped strawberries and pretzels. The recipe will appear in the cookbook, but it's so simple that a formal recipe is almost not warranted. Just melt some best-quality dark chocolate buttons (I recommend Valrhona, with a minimum 70% cacao content) along with a pat of non-hydrogenated shortening to thin out the chocolate. Then, dip away. You can dip anything you like: strawberries, pretzels, cookies, orange slices, crystalized ginger, frozen bananas, raisins, etc.
|Mandarin Orange Upside-Down Cake|