February 15th, 2011
For our Valentine’s Day dinner, I made heart-shaped calzones.
Now, in fairness to the creators of the recipe, I didn’t use their dough recipe, opting instead for frozen bread dough (which I’ve used before to make regular calzones). Maybe their dough is fundamentally different from the one I used and that explains why I was utterly and completely unable to wrestle mine into anything resembling a heart. Or a circle. Or anything other than a blob from the planet Pepperoni. The big problem was that the dough wouldn’t hold its size. I got it rolled out, cut out a large heart with a cookie-cutter…and then watched it shrink to the size of a postage stamp before my very eyes. When I tried to roll it bigger after I cut it, irrevocable distortion set in.
So I gave up and made regular calzones. Which refused to stay sealed and instead oozed all over the cookie-sheet. Happily, they tasted just fine.
And my strawberry jiggle-hearts were adorable.
This was another recipe from the Sneaky Chef and this one actually worked. Basically you use fruit juice and plain gelatin instead of the freaky sugar/additive melange of regular jello. Still not exactly health food, but it could be worse.
Rounding out the meal was strawberry yogurt. And peas. Which didn’t quite fit the theme but I was at a loss for Valentine vegetables!