I have to confess I'm not really that great at holiday food
projects. Every year I want to make an Epiphany cake, but
never do since we don't follow any ecclesiastical calendar here and
I never know when to do it. I sort of wanted to make wings
for the Superbowl, but one kid had an ear infection and I ran out
of time. Once I made a gingerbread house in time for
Christmas, but then none of us could figure out how or when to eat
it. We woke up one morning to find a mouse poking its
whiskery nose out the candy-cane windows.
But here's the thing: I really,
really, do want to make Valentine cookies. Partly to blame is
Julia Usher, whose gorgeous cookie books make it look as though
anybody, really anybody, can marble and bead a
cookie. (See those valentine hearts in the lower left of the
book jacket? Yup, that's what started it.)
Partly to blame is Zoe, a 5-year-old who loves to bake with her
mom. And partly to blame is me, a born cookie sucker with
unfulfilled decorative aspirations.
I know I won't be making them next weekend, when the
much-anticipated cookbook conference in New York takes place.
But maybe, with a little planning, I'll just make it on time
to turn out a little basket of hearts by late afternoon on February
What's your Valentine's fix? could it be chocolate?
Jam tarts? Or maybe keep it simple with a nice chilled
bottle of cava?