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!…

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…

1-Hour Valentines Day 3-Course Sicilian Inspired Menu (+ Shopping List!)

Gourmet made Simple Last week, the first new, original content of 2018 posted on Almost Properly.  I wanted to start the year with a band and also, stay focused on the direction and vision I have for the site in 2018: simple, original, gourmet-feeling recipes for hosting and entertaining! I’ll let you in on a little secret, I love when entire meals are cohesive.  Courses should complement, flow, and create a balanced profile of flavors and textures from start to finish.  This sounds like a complicated, labor intensive concept, but it really doesn’t have to be. Think about a tapestry.  Threads of many colors and textures run throughout the entire…

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie Hearts

You guys, how cute are these little Valentine’s?  I wouldn’t complain one little bit if someone gave these little cuties to me.  Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread dipped in chocolate.  Yes. Please. I wanted to make sure I was bringing ya’ll the best shortbread and making the tastiest chocolate dipped combo so I tested all variations of brown sugar vs. white sugar brown butter vs. regular butter, and everything in between!  (We even tested two different baking temperatures: 300 and 350.)  And, you guys, guess what.  When dipped in super delish Belgian dark chocolate the winner hands-down was good old fashioned white sugar and regular butter creamed together all…
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