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Valentines Recipes, Tasty Bites, from the Kitchen Project Vol. 4 #2     Stephen Block
 Feb 13, 2002 10:09 PST 
<><><>Tasty Bites<><> <> From the Kitchen Project<><><>
Feb. 13, 2002
Vol 4 # 2
Stephen Block, editor, The Kitchen Project

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<><><>Tasty Bites<><> <> IN THIS ISSUE<><><>



with whipped cream and raspberries....Susan Doyle



A VALENTINES TO REMEMBER …what foods have truly aphrodisiac
qualities….Jaimie Adler

ASK THE WEB CHEF ……Where did Scones originate.... Michael Baum

<><><>Tasty Bites<><> <> ANNIES PILLOW DINNER FOR 2<><><>

Frame of Space: Woman lonely, misses man though sees him everyday. Needs
to get his attention, needs --Scene: Home; She knows his schedule is
going to bring him in at 6pm.
She plans, and anticipates! She takes off at noon to prepare.
1) House is cleaned up.
2) Candles are placed. - A fireplace prepared if possible.
3) Music is chosen.
4) Two places are set at the coffee table in the living room. They are
going to sit on pillows on the floor, with their backs to the couch.
5) The outfit she wears is a must. Comfortable, provocative - with his
taste is mind.
6) She bathes - not a shower, a BATH. Oils & scents. She's going to get
what she wants.

For the recipe …and directions for a successful pillow dinner click here


<><><>Tasty Bites<><><> Food Web<><><>

Ummm! Fresh Vermont maple syrup over Vanilla bean ice cream....
Dave tells you all about the wonders of the real stuff from Maple
Also, this is one of the best food ezines on the web, and it’s FREE!

<><><>Tasty Bites<><><> MERINGUE HEARTS <><><>
By Susan Doyle    What's it all about! Tips for the home and Kitchen

with whipped cream and raspberries

4 egg whites, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8-teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
2 pints fresh raspberries or strawberries
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons water

1. Heat oven to 225 degrees. Beat egg whites in large bowl of
electric mixer on medium-high speed until foamy, 2 minutes. Add 1
teaspoon of the vanilla and cream of tartar; beat. Add 1 cup of the
confectioners' sugar, a few tablespoons at a time; beat until
meringue forms stiff peaks, up to 10 minutes.

2. Spoon mixture into pastry bag. Line baking sheets with parchment
paper. Pipe 4 heart-shaped outlines onto paper, about 41/2 inches
wide. Fill bottom of heart with meringue and smooth to create floor
of heart. Pipe second layer onto first to create sides; repeat. Bake
until firm and crisp, 11/2--2 hours. Turn off heat, open oven door;
let meringues sit 5 minutes in oven. Cool completely on wire rack.

3. Whip cream in bowl of electric mixer to soft peaks. Add 2
tablespoons of the confectioners' sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon
vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Place meringue hearts on
serving plates. Spoon cream into hearts. Sprinkle 1 pint of the
raspberries equally over cream in hearts.

4. Puree remaining pint of raspberries with granulated sugar and 2
teaspoons water. Strain; spoon sauce around hearts.

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<><><>Tasty Bites<><><> FREE CLIP ART <><><>

Free Valentines Clip Art

<><><>Tasty Bites<><><> MUCH ADO ABOUT BROWNIES<><><>
By Chef (Wing) Nouel Omamalin

To get the full stories about how to make brownies from and obsessed
baker who sells them and can’t seem to keep them in stock ..go here

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, why not prepare some
heart-shaped brownies for him or her? Decorate it with melted red-color
chocolate which you can buy at your culinary store. Heart-shaped baking
tins are also available and are just perfect for the occasion.

I would describe a perfect brownie as chewy, dense and a bit crisp on
the outside.

After years of coming up with a perfect brownies recipe, I have learned
a few tips you can use in making your own fabulous brownies:

1. Use real butter for finer texture and taste. Unsalted butter lends a
more smooth taste. Margarine may be used for economy but I would
recommend one with buttermilk for richer taste.
2. Dutch cocoa or cocoa powder, which has been added with alkaline,
gives a deep brown-black color and bittersweet taste.
3. Reduce flour content for a fudge-yer brownie.
4. Vegetable shortening makes your brownies moister and eliminates
grease left by the vegetable oil.
5. Use of real vanilla extract is incomparable.

Though preferences vary, this self-developed recipe should catch
everybody's palate.

Wing's Real Fudge Brownies

1/3 Cup Vegetable Shortening. Solid
2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
2/3 Cup Butter, unsalted
1 ½ Cups Granulated Sugar
2 Tsps Real Vanilla extract
3 pcs. Eggs, large
1 ¼ Cups All Purpose Flour

Optional Add-ons: Walnut, Mocha-Chocolate chips, Cashew Nuts

1. Melt the vegetable shortening.
2. Stir in the cocoa powder. Set aside to cool.
3. Beat the softened butter together with the sugar, vanilla extract and
4. Beat until fluffy.
5. Combine the melted chocolate and mix until well blended.
6. Fold in the flour carefully. DO NOT OVERMIX.
7. Spread in a 9"x12" rectangular pan, buttered and floured.
8. Top with your desired nuts.
9. Bake for 30 minutes at 175o C. Brownies will be soft but will set as
it cools. Some of the dough will stick to your cake tester.

Brownies taste more delicious if eaten a day after. Wrapped in airtight
container, your brownies should last for 2-3 weeks. Putting it in the
freezer will extend its shelf life without altering its quality.

<>Tasty Bites<><><><>GERMAN GOODIES<><><><><><><>

Recipes from a German Grandma
Have you ever made German Rocks? …. They are delicious.

<>Tasty Bites<><><><>FOOD APHRODISIACS<><><><><><>

What types of food are aphrodisiacs?

Pine nuts...Rosemary...Strawberries...Okay, we¹ve heard this before. But
what is the historical significance to these foods?

The Mayan and Aztec Indians first discovered the potency of chocolate in
their celebration of the harvest of the cocoa bean with festivals of
orgies. Montezuma, the Aztec ruler supposedly drank 50 cups of chocolate
each day to satisfy his harem of 600 women. Casanova adored chocolate,
and so do we. Sales in the 1990¹s average 600,000 tons of cocoa
consumed each year. Chocolate has sparked the attention of scientists as
well. This decadent candy contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA) which is the
very same chemical that flows through the vein of someone who is in
love. Why tamper with this ancient love potion?

Read More on these other foods here

<>Tasty Bites<><><>ASK THE WEB CHEF<><><>

Name: Larissa
Dear Web Chef ,
Where does the word scone come from and when was it invented (please
reply very soon)?

Hello and good day to you.
Here is the information I have found on scones courtesy of
This Scottish QUICK BREAD is said to have taken its name from the Stone
of Destiny (or Scone), the place where Scottish kings were once crowned.
The original triangular-shaped scone was made with oats and
griddle-baked. Today's versions are more often flour-based and baked in
the oven. They come in various shapes including triangles, rounds,
squares and diamonds. Scones can be savory or sweet and are usually
eaten for breakfast or tea.

According to Webster's College dictionary Scones originated in Scotland
between 1505-1515.

For more information and recipes ….go here


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