Pistachio Honey Rosewater Shortbread with Dark Chocolate

For when you want to combine all of the most romantic and decadent things you can think of into one food, make these.  Whether you are making them for your Valentine, for your girlfriends for Galentine’s, or for a Fat Tuesday feast, these will be G.O.N.E. in no time at all. Tender honey shortbread with chopped pistachios and a hint of rosewater!  Drizzle with or dunk in dark chocolate.  Give them a little sprinkle of chopped pistachios. We taste tested 3 different variations with our professional taste testers – more commonly known as our friends Chloe and Ricky.  These were the unanimous winners.  Although people had strong feelings about the chocolate…

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Recipe Round-Up!

Is it really Valentine’s Day without chocolate?  According to the seasonal aisle and every end cap at the grocery store, apparently not.  In case you are like me and giant heart-shaped boxes of mystery nougat-filled chocolate aren’t your style… I rounded up my favorite chocolate recipes from the blog! So if you want to treat your sweet to something sweet, give one of these Valentine’s Day approved chocolate recipes a try!! If you make any of my Valentine’s recipes including anything from this list, you can be entered to win a Valentine’s themed surprise from a local Seattle artist!  Just post a pic of the dish to Instagram and tag @almostproperly!…

3-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner-IN: 2 Menus!

1-Hour, 3-Course Gourmet Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!  While I love trying new restaurants and date-nights out with the hubs, I do not love eating out on Valentine’s Day.  I know I’m a crusty-old-married-gal, but I know I’m not alone here.  I hardly know anyone who goes out for Valentine’s honestly, but alas, restaurants are packed so I know young love birds and romantic loyalists are out there.  Maybe I could benefit from fewer romance skeptics and people who reject the notion of greeting card holidays (i.e. 95% of Seattle).  Either way, I’m making a reservation at my own dining room table.  For two, please. The past two…

Lemon Ricotta and Pistachio Tarts

This recipe is the dessert course of a 1-Hour Sicilian inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post! Ever been to Sicily?  If you have, then you know pistachios are everywhere- especially in pastries and gelato. Did you know that pistachios were first introduced to the Sicily via Middle Easterners in the 13th century?  It turns out eastern Sicily’s volcanic soil is optimal for growing pistachio trees.  Still grown on the island although on a smaller scale, sicilian pistachios are longer, thinner, and known for a stronger and sharper flavor than other varieties.  Most of the pistachios grown on the island…

Whole Roasted Branzino with Mint-Basil Relish

This recipe is part of the main course to a 1-Hour Sicilian inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!  One of my favorite foods ever.  Probably my favorite Italian entree.  Yes, even more than pasta!  Whole roasted branzino! Branzini is the plural form in English, but in Italian its branzini – regardless of a singular or plural number.  Not to get too scientific, lets get everyone on the same page with a fish mini-lesson.  Branzini are in the Moronidae family of fish, which makes them a “temperate bass” – hence why they are commonly marketed as European Sea Bass in the US.  Native…
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