THE LOVE CONNECTION
FOOD AND ROMANCE ARE THE PERFECT COUPLE. THEY WILL BE SEEING A LOT OF EACH OTHER ON VALENTINE'S DAY.
Mom knew it. So did your first girlfriend or boyfriend. For that matter, the whole state of Wisconsin has long been clued in.
How else could your mother have known the precise moment you needed a red velvet cake blanketed in cream-cheese icing? How else did your first crush know that chocolate speaks volumes when your sweaty palms and jittery voice only evoke nervous twit? How else did the land of gouda and goat embrace "the power of cheese."
It doesn't take a platter of tarts to understand that food is the ultimate prize. Food and drink placates, entices and seduces.
When Valentine's Day is celebrated February 14, it's a good bet there will be an exchange of gifts both naughty and nice, but you can count on plenty of food and drink in the mix, as well.
The hallmark effervescence of sparkling wines and the opulent fullness of fruity cordials lighten the moods of those who indulge as if these were elixirs created by Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, herself.
GRAND MARNIER-HONEY CHOCOLATE FONDUE
Yield: 6 servings.
1 cup bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 cup semisweet chocolate, melted
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons orange zest
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup Grand Marnier liqueur (see note)
Assorted fresh fruit, cut into bite-sized pieces, as needed
Ladyfingers or pound cake, cut into bite-sized pieces, as needed
Valentine's Day is Sunday, February 14th