After we had our twins, the thought of getting a babysitter and waiting in line and an insanely busy restaurant on Valentines day lost it’s appeal. The last several years we have done a special family dinner…. we decorate the dining room, eat on our fancy china and have yummy food. the only catch, I am the one that prepares the food…
This Valentines day I took the task of trying to replicate one of our favorite dishes. There is a restaurant in Provo called La Dolce Vita.. it has the BEST chicken Parmesan I have ever eaten. (it was better than some of the food we got in Italy)…They serve it with homemade sauce and side of creamy pasta…. So I pounded the chicken thin, made homemade marinara sauce and homemade fettuccine Alfredo… When I was looking at this menu, I was thinking “this is going to be alot of work”… I knew that I had to simplify the dessert portion, no homemade red velvet cake or cheesecake this year…
So instead I made a batch of the BEST brownies… the Barefoot Contessa’s Outrageous Brownies (recipe can be found on foodnetwork.com) then cut them out with a heart shaped cookie cutter…these brownies are very dense so they are perfect to use with cookie cutters, they really hold their shape. I served them with store bought cookies and icecream and threw on a couple of choc. covered strawberries (you have to melt the choc. for the brownies so I already had some choc. melted, so the strawberries just took a minute to dip)… I thought it turned out really cute and saved me some time too!
Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of "Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love". Her first fabric line "Derby Style" debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.
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