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 Cella's News

February 2005



Valentine Food for Thought

Cabbage always has a heart; Green beans string along.

You're such a cute tomato, Will you peas to me belong?

You've been the apple of my eye, You know how much I care;

So lettuce get together, We'd make a perfect pear.

Now, something's sure to turnip to prove you can't be beet;

So, if you carrot all for me let's let our tulips meet.

Don't squash my hopes and dreams now, Bee my honey, dear;

Or tears will fill potato's eyes, While sweet corn lends an ear.

I'll cauliflower shop and say, Your dreams are parsley mine.

I'll work and share my celery, So be my valentine.

by Jeanne Losey

People In Love Will Eat Anything - well, almost!

I think it is a great idea to have a holiday where people get an opportunity to express their love to one another. We should have more days like that. It was always fun in school to do the Valentine exchanges and save your very best Valentine for the one you liked the most. It was amusing to watch the shy guy giving some flowers or a box of chocolates to a girl that never knew he liked her. Engagement rings for Valentine’s Day are sure to kick things up a notch in the love arena. It’s just a good thing to take time out for those you love. What are you going to do for the one you love this year?

One February I was trying to think of what I could get David for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to make him something. I spotted an empty Valentine’s heart candy box (hmm - how did that happen) and set to work making him some luscious cream caramels. Instead of cutting and wrapping the caramels, I left the candy in one large heart shape. David thanked me profusely for the gift and within a week told me that they were gone. I was pleased that he liked the caramels so well. Years later my mother-in-law told me that she had found the Valentine box in David’s room in the wastebasket beside his desk. She retrieved the box, opened it up and found perfectly delectable candy inside. Unbeknownst to David, she took the candy into the kitchen, coated each piece with chocolate, and put it on the table for the entire family to enjoy. Yep, it was gone all right. I challenge you to use the following recipes to make something special to share with your special someone. Don’t worry if your baking turns out or not; either way, your gift will be remembered.

Soft Sugar Cookies for Valentine Cut-out Cookies (from Cella's Cookbook)

Note: For best results use a floured large wooden cutting board and wooden rolling pin, flouring every few rolls, to keep dough from sticking. Use as little flour as possible to roll out dough to ensure a soft and flavorful cookie, and not be dry tasting. Always sift your flour. Do not over bake or roll dough too thin. This dough can easily be halved - use 2 eggs instead of 3. Frosting recipe follows cookie recipe.

3 large eggs

2 cups white granulated sugar

1 cup Crisco all-vegetable shortening

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

6 ˝ to 7 ˝ cups of SIFTED all-purpose white flour, plus additional flour for rolling dough

In a large bowl, cream together eggs, sugar, and shortening. Mix in milk, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and ONLY 3 cups of flour at this time. Stir in 3 ˝ cups more flour. At this point the dough is too sticky yet to roll out. Heavily flour a cutting board and divide the dough into two parts and roll out one section at a time. Place half of the dough on the heavily floured cutting board. Add ˝ cup of flour to the dough and work it in with your hands until it is nonsticky so you can roll out the dough. Flour rolling pin and roll out dough to about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into desired shaped with a cookie cutter. Place cookies on greased cookie sheet (if you are not going to frost the cookies, sprinkle them with white sugar) and bake in 350 degree oven 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set. Repeat steps with remaining dough. This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies, depending on the size of the cookie cutter used.

Frosting: Combine 1/3 cup melted butter, 2 cups confectioners sugar, dash or two of food coloring and a few tablespoons of milk (adding one tablespoon at a time) until of desired spreading consistency.

Valentine Jewels

1 stick butter, room temperature

8-oz. package cream cheese, room temperature

2 cups sifted white flour

cherry preserves

apricot preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-size bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Work in flour, using hands if necessary, until dough forms a ball. At this point you could refrigerate the dough for ˝ hour or overnight, but it is not necessary. Roll out in 15x15-inch square on a floured surface. Use a yardstick to cut dough into 3-inch squares. Place 3/4 teaspoon of preserves in center of each square (no more or preserves will run out of cookie during baking), fold two opposite corners together and pinch dough in middle. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Makes 2 dozen.

Cherries in a Cloud

6 egg whites

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

2 cups white granulated sugar

2 cups crushed Saltine crackers (crush with rolling pin)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8-oz. container Cool Whip

21-oz. can Cherry Pie Filling with extra cherries

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the sugar a little at a time, beating well after each addition until the mixture is thick. Fold in the walnuts, crushed crackers, and vanilla. Pour mixture into a greased 13x9-inch cake pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. When ready to serve, spread with Cool Whip and then cold cherry pie filling. Keep refrigerated.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. I would love to hear from you. Send your letters and recipes to Marcella Stockin, 5200 Riceville Road, West Valley, New York 14171. Visit my web site at http://www.cellascookbook.com to find out how you can order my cookbook and to obtain more great recipes.


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