Recipe: Satsuma Pot-de-Crème

Satsuma Pot-de-Crème Smooth and sensual, custard-based desserts rightfully belong on any Valentine's Day menu. You'll certainly want this unique and elegant pot-de-crème from New Orleans's Café Adelaide on yours. Chef Chris Lusk sweetens it with satsuma, a delicate Japanese orange that came to Louisiana in the 18th century. In addition to cream, Lusk uses Calpico, a milky, yogurt-flavored drink from Japan, which enriches the custard's tangy flavor. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Chocolate Rice Pudding with Chile Fudge Sauce

Chocolate Rice Pudding with Chile Fudge Sauce Looking for a chocolate dessert that will put a little kick in your Valentine's Day? This offbeat rice pudding from Buffalo chef Mike Andrzejewski gets a kiss of heat from regular old hot sauce. If you've already settled on a dessert for Monday, you can taste chef Andrzejewski's dish at his Beard House dinner on February 16.

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On the Menu: Valentine's Tea

Valentine's Day candies Treat your valentine to a romantic afternoon tea prepared by an all-star group of New York chefs. (See the full lineup here.) The incredible talents collaborating on this feast will tempt diners with a decadent selection of delicate savories and tempting sweets. Check out the menu below, then click here to secure your spot. Sweets Plain and Chocolate–Sweet Herb Scones with Kumquat Marmalade Irish Tea Brack Petits Fours Glacés Lemon–Lavender Jewels Miniature Mallomars (Get the recipe!) Dark Chocolate–Dipped Cinnamon Meringues Pear–Hazeln

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On the Menu: Valentine's Tea

Valentine's Day candies Treat your valentine to a romantic afternoon tea prepared by an all-star group of New York chefs. (See the full lineup here.) The incredible talents collaborating on this feast will tempt diners with a decadent selection of delicate savories and tempting sweets. Check out the menu below, then click here to secure your spot. Sweets Plain and Chocolate–Sweet Herb Scones with Kumquat Marmalade Irish Tea Brack Petits Fours Glacés Lemon–Lavender Jewels Miniature Mallomars (Get the recipe!) Dark Chocolate–Dipped Cinnamon Meringues Pear–Hazeln

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Recipe: Michael Schwartz's Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cake
No offense to heart-shaped boxes and molten chocolate cake, but this Valentine’s Day we’re looking to branch out on the dessert front. Thankfully, this pillowy Meyer lemon pudding cake from Miami’s Michael Schwartz has come to rescue us from cocoa overload. Sweeter and more fragrant than conventional supermarket types, Meyer lemons give this dessert an appealingly subtle tang. If you can’t find them, use regular lemons—the result will be just as wonderful.

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Eat this Word: Amaranth

amaranthWHAT? A good Host. The Aztecs revered this mighty grain, using it in religious rituals to make what Barbara Grunes and Virginia Van Vynckt, authors of All-American Waves of Grain, liken to a Holy Communion wafer. The carnivorous sun-worshippers would combine the tiny grain with a liquid mixture that sometimes contained blood, form the concoction into cakes, and use the cakes in religious ceremonies. People who ate these cakes believed they were eating the flesh of the gods. Not surprisingly, the Spanish didn't approve of this custom, nor of the Aztecs generally. The conquistadors wiped out Aztec civilization and for good measure destroyed many acres of amaranth. For the next four centuries, the grain was practically unknown. Rediscovered a couple decades ago, it is now highly touted for its healthful properties. Amaranth greens, which taste similar to spinach, are edible, as are the seeds (which are sometimes ground to make flour). Many natural food stores

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Recipe: Shuna Lydon's Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Shuna Lydon's rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreadThese rose petal–flecked cookies have a wonderful crumbly texture and a delicate sweet, floral flavor. Chef Shuna Lydon says, “Shortbread keeps for two weeks in a tightly sealed container lined with parchment paper, at room temperature. But I prefer to eat mine fresh from the oven, warm, with strong black milky tea.”

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