Thursday, February 3, 2011

How Sweet it is!

February ushers in Valentine's Day for treating our Sweethearts, and a day honoring a long legacy of U.S. Presidents.

I have just regained my willpower from the Christmas holiday "sweets" over-indulgence, when along comes Valentine’s Day with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. How can we not succumb to the beautiful goodies, our Sweethearts, (with the best of intentions), shower upon us. Chocolates, champagne, flowers, a wonderful dinner, with dessert, of course, ever temping our sweet tooth. Though, I would prefer some low-calorie diamonds or rubies, you won't hear any complaints from me. I will graciously indulge myself in all the above.

So, you may think that there is not really a celebration for President’s Day and we can consume a few extra calories on Valentine’s Day without guilt, but not in my case. As a Christmas gift from my kids, I received the Capital Hill Cook Book, written by Linda Bauer. This cookbook contains a collection of recipes from The White House, Congress and all of the past presidents. My first thought was to prepare a meal from my new cookbook over President’s Day weekend. Special holidays and occasions keep me planning unique meals all year long. I haven’t put the menu together yet, but the most difficult decision will be the dessert selection. Will it be Abigail Adam’s Apple Pan Dowdy, or Shrewsbury Cakes by George Washington? Now if I could only get my hands on a bottle of wine from Thomas Jefferson’s French wine collection, then it would truly be a grand celebration!

I’m looking forward to a couple of really great meals celebrating February.
And as for March.... .there is Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, and the Vernal Equinox.

Bon Appetit! Linda Smalley, Sales Associate, South Office

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