2.13.2010

Oh. It. Is. Love. Dinner.

Here's a sample of our Valentines Dinner.  

Heart Shaped Chicken Pot Pie
I used this recipe....  but when it came to roll out the dough, instead of putting it in baking dishes I cut thedough into 4 large heart shaped pieces (5x7 inches?)- I cut a heart out on a white piece of paper to use as a pattern so my pieces were uniform. Place two of the heart pieces of dough onto a baking sheet.  Place filling onto dough leaving 1/2 - 1 inch of dough showing on the edges.  Place the remaining heart pieces on top of filling.  Pinch edges together.  Wisk egg and brush wash on top.  Cut 2-3 small slits on top.  Bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven.  Let cool and Enjoy.

Layered Valentines Jello

Ingredients:
3-(3 ounce) packages any flavor Sugar-Free Jell-O
Boiling water (divided)
Cold water (divided)
1/2 cups evaporated milk (divided)
8 ounces Fat Free Cool Whip

Directions:
1st Layer- Boil 3/4 cup hot water. Add 1 package jello and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and add 3/4 cup cold water. Stir. Pour into 9x13 baking dish (or if you have individual heart shaped dishes that would work even better) and chill for 40-60 minutes. Make sure it is set up really well.
2nd Layer- Boil 1/2 cup water. Add 1 package jello and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Stir and gently pour over top of 1st layer. Chill for 45 minutes.
3rd Layer- Boil 3/4 cup hot water. Add 1 package jello and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and add 3/4 cup cold water. Stir and gently pour over 2nd layer. Chill for 45 minutes.
4th Layer- Spread Cool Whip on top.

I shaved some dark chocolate on top.


Spinach, Apple, & Berry Salad
Combine in medium bowl:

1 small bag Baby Spinach
1-2 Apples diced
Strawberries (I used blackberries instead because they were on sale)
Carmelized almonds (I used pecans because that's what I had on hand)
       *to carmelize the nuts.  Put about 1/4 sugar  and 1 cup nuts in a saute pan.  Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar melts and carmelizes on the nuts.  Remove from heat and spread on a piece of wax paper to cool.

Dressing:
Mix together in blender (or mix well with wisk)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
4 T. lemon juice
2 T. lemon rind
Pour desired amount of dressing on salad right before serving.

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