Valentine’s Day

by Nancy R. Hinchliff, inn-keeper/freelance writer

Valentine’s Day at most bed and breakfasts is usually very busy. They fill up with couples looking for a romantic get-away to celebrate the day or week-end with someone they love. The Inns offer Sweetheart Packages, Spa Packages and the like. They fill their rooms with red roses, champagne and chocolates. Louisville is no different than most cities. Our bed and breakfasts are exemplary and really outdo themselves on special holidays, especially the romantic ones like Valentine’s Day

Many of the inns like to serve a special sweetheart’s breakfast of Belgium Waffles with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream. Or, decadent chocolate waffles with whipped cream and a luscious ribbon of chocolate sauce dribbled across the top. Strawberries and chocolate seem to be very popular on Valentine’s Day, so many of the Innkeepers make chocolate-covered strawberries. They’re really not difficult to make. Below are a couple of wonderful recipes.

Be sure to make your reservations early. Some of the Inns have Sweetheart packages during the entire month of February. But, in case they don’t, call your favorite one and reserve as soon as possible.

Recipes for Chocolate Covered Strawberries

INGREDIENTS
16 ounces milk chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves

DIRECTIONS

Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.

Turn berries upside down. Insert pick in Styrofoam for chocolate to cool.

Recipe from: Armida Cooks

Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, I figured I’ll re-post this oldie-but goodie recipe for Chocolate Covered Strawberries. If you want to impress your cutie pie, these strawberries are so easy to make.

Whenever I go to a fancy Sunday brunch, there are two things that I first look out for: the champagne and the chocolate covered strawberries. The recipe below is fool proof and delicious. Just make sure your strawberries are super dry before you dip them in the chocolate. Oh my gawd, I’m having cravings just writing this!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening, such a vegetable Crisco (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)*

12 large fresh strawberries, with stems, rinsed and patted dry

DIRECTIONS

Prepare cookie sheet by placing wax paper on bottom of it.

Place chocolate chips and shortening in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1-1/2 minutes or just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred; cool slightly.

Holding strawberry by top, dip 2/3 of each berry into chocolate mixture; shake gently to remove excess. Place on prepared tray.

Refrigerate until coating is firm, about 30 minutes. Store, covered, in refrigerator.

*Butter, margarine and spreads contain water which may prevent chocolate from melting properly; oil may prevent chocolate from forming a coating.