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VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day began as St. Valentine’s Day, a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.  February 14th first became associated with romantic love during the High Middle Ages as the tradition of courtly love was then flourishing. During 18th century England, this day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine cards. 

Ancient History

Mixed opinions prevail regarding who or what was celebrated in mid-February. Some point to martyred saints by the name of Valentine or Valentinus. The most popular story tells of the saint who defied a decree by Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage for young men because he believed single men made better soldiers. St. Valentine, preferring young lovers to be wed than have them sneaking around (or believing in the power of love), would marry them in secret. However, it may have been another Valentine who performed the marriages. Either way, at least two of them were beheaded for their actions.

Another possible origin for Valentine’s Day takes us back to a pagan festival called Lupercalia. As a way to discourage participation in the fertility festival, the Christian church placed St. Valentine’s Day in the middle of February.

Modern Celebrations

Since the Renaissance, we’ve been exchanging Valentine’s cards. These handmade missives of romance grew into a more commercial venture by the Victorian era. Today, school children exchange Valentine greetings, too. They prepare for the day by making unique boxes to receive their many hearts, cupids, and pun-filled rhymes. 

Here are some great ideas for couples.  Use them to make Valentine’s or any special date.

Chocolates and candy have also become a part of the celebration. While couples tend to be the focus of the day, singles celebrate being single, too. Friends take each other out or reject the overall notion of Valentine’s Day. Dinner and a movie, candlelight, and flowers also fit the bill for couples. It’s one of the busiest days of the year for florists. 

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You can surprise your special someone with flowers, chocolate or a card. Bring a smile to their face with an original poem or homemade meal.

Get Recipes that will impress without spending days in the kitchen. Many can be done at the last minute if needed.

Jen’s Fettuccini Alfredo Caprese
Garlic Butter Steak bites
Winter Arugula Pear Salad
Spinach, Blue Cheese, Beef Wellingtons

Get something special for your Valentine and use #ValentinesDay to post on social media.

Today is also National Donor Day, and

International Book Giving Day

VALENTINE’S DAY HISTORY

Credit is traditionally given to Pope Gelasius for declaring February 14th as Saint Valentine’s Day around the year 496 to separate the church from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient pagan fertility festival which occurred on February 15th.  

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NATIONAL PIZZA DAY

National Pizza Day is observed annually on February 9th. This year it happens to fall on the weekend. A Sunday as it happens.

Whether it is thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite.

Here are some interesting facts about pizza:

  • Pepperoni is the most popular pizza at 36% of all pies ordered.
  • Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the USA each year.  Add another 1 billion on frozen pizzas
  • 17% of all US Restaurants are pizzerias.
  •  Antica Pizzeria, the first Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.
  •  Gennaro Lombardi, the first Pizzeria in the United States, opened in 1895 in New York City.
  • Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person each year.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Throw a pizza party and give the following recipes a try:

Mom’s Homemade Pizza with fun memories

Mom’s pizza dough recipe

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Irish Skillet Dinner

Prep: 15 minutes.       Level: Easy Cook: 20 minutes.       Serves: 4

Description

Beef and bacon meet potatoes and cabbage, in an Irish Skillet Dinner

We found this on Pintrest and is a family favorite we normally make a double batch and there are rarely any leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup Apple Juice
2 Tbsp White Vinegar
2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 lb lean Ground beef or round
1/2 cup diced fresh onion
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb Ore Ida Potatoe O’Brien(frozen)
4 cups shredded cabbage
4 slices cooked, crumbled bacon

Directions


In small mixing bowl, combine beef broth, apple juice, white vinegar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.  Whisk till well blended, set aside.

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and fresh onion. 
Drain any excess grease
Add vegetable oil, potatoes to beef and onions
Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned
Stir frequently, to avoid sticking
Add liquid mixture, shredded cabbage and crumbled bacon, and cook another 5 – 10 minutes over medium heat until liquid is mostly absorbed
Serve immediately while warm.

We love this stuff! have to give credit to the original author.

Original Recipe found here.

Try an Irish Coffee for Dessert.


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Jen’s Fettuccini Alfredo Caprese

Chicken alfredo caprese

Ingredients


2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 – 16 oz box fettuccine noodles or zoodles for lower carb ( I make this the only carbs I eat in a day)
1 – 10 oz pkg fresh spinach
4 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp Flour
1 pint heavy cream
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup white wine
1 pint grape tomatoes cut in half
10  Fresh Basil leaves, chopped
Barilla Pasta, Fettuccine, 16 Ounce  by Barilla

Barilla Pasta, Fettuccine, 16 Ounce  by Barilla



Directions

Bring lg saucepan of water to boil and add pasta.  Do not overcook it!
Cut raw chicken into 1-inch cubes.
In large saute pan add 2 Tbsp olive oil
Brown chicken until golden in color about 5 -6 minutes. 
Remove chicken from pan and set aside. 
Deglaze pan with white wine. 
Add butter and heat on medium till melted.
Add flour until a thick paste forms
Add heavy cream and stir well.
Add cheeses and mix until melted. Add chicken back into pan and put fresh spinach on top.  Cover until spinach wilts.
Add cooked pasta and stir well.
Add raw tomatoes just before serving
Enjoy with a glass of white wine if desired

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HOMEMADE SOUP DAY. February 4th

For most of us it’s still getting pretty cool outside. If you have snow I’m sorry…this is why we live in Florida. Before the jokes begin, we live in northwest Florida. We have a different climate than other parts of Florida. We had done and ice just several years ago.

Anyway if its cold outside a warm filling meal hits the spot. I did a take on a couple of popular recipes to make them more keto or low carb friendly. We are not strict Keto but the low carb dieting has drastically improved our type 2 Diabetes numbers. So enjoy these hearty soups that will definitely be a like a warm hug on those cold nights.

Loaded potato Soup
My Loaded Potato Soup
New England Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder

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Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients

2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 medium yellow onion diced
1 pint heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Sour Cream
4 Tbsp Chives ( I use fresh minced)
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes if desired
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 strips crispy bacon, crumbled

1 – 8oz pkg cream cheese
1.5 lbs dubbed ham chucks
2 diced stalks celery

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Directions

In lined crockpot add ham chunks, potatoes, celery, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, onion, heavy cream, and 1/2 cup milk
Cook on low 4 – 6 hours
1 hour before serving add cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. 
Add freshly chopped chives and mix well. 
Serve warm topped with crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and a scoop of sour cream.
Garnish with chopped chives
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Jen’s Super Sandwhich

So, as I was trying to answer the, “What’s for dinner?” question once again. I went with a super Sandwich creation, for Super Bowl Sunday. I have to satisfy some very good sized appetites and keep them diet-friendly for low-carb, keto style. With several of us needing these requirements for our health, it makes satisfying both regular and special diets a challenge. It’s an even better one when you can satisfy both, without sacrificing taste. I’ve been told by everyone who has them they are better than the sub shops and Deli’s make. So here’s my recipe for a great sandwich.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium purple onion sliced thin
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 lg beef steak slicing tomato
  • 1 medium head Green Leaf Lettuce
  • 1 – 16oz pkg deli-sliced turkey breast
  • 1 -16oz pkg deli-sliced black forest ham ( I like the Land O Frost Brand)
  • 8 oz extra sharp sliced cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz sliced aged swiss cheese
  • 16oz Bacon Cheddar Ranch dip
  • 12oz sliced bacon cooked extra crispy
  • Yellow mustard
  • New York-style Rye Bread Or Dark Pumpernickle or low carb alternative
  • I got 7 full-size sandwiches from 1 loaf and had meat and cheeses left over.  If your crowd is bigger plan accordingly.


Directions


  • Spread 1 tsp Bacon Cheddar Ranch dip on each slice of bread.
  • Layer on dip onion slices on one, bell pepper on the other. Sounds easy but the order is important so it doesn’t slide out of your sandwich.
  • Next comes turkey breast folded and evenly layered. (I put 4-5 on onion side to build)
  • Add 2 full slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1.5 slices of super crispy bacon
  • Thin sliced tomatoes
  • 1 slice extra sharp cheddar
  • 4-5 slices black forest ham
  • Cover with little yellow mustard
  • Add Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Top with second dip and bell pepper bread.  Cut in half to make easier to hang on to. Quarters work too, especially for made up trays.  We added whole wheat original Sunchips with a little of the dip. 
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