We don’t make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Years ago, when Ed and I were first dating, we’d go out to a fancy restaurant. But now, we’re just as happy to enjoy a quiet night at home. I try to make a special meal for the two of us, and I always like to include a strawberry dessert.
Big red hearts on Valentine’s Day make me think of strawberries. Unfortunately, strawberry season isn’t until June around here, and those berries shipped into the grocery store can be pricey, especially with this year’s weather. Not to mention, they’re gassed to ripen and never seem to have the same flavor or aroma as truly local, fresh, ripe berries.
If you’re a strawberry fan like me, you probably preserved a bunch of berries when they were in season, making jam or jelly, freezing or dehydrating. So, this year for Valentine’s Day, I’m going to make a strawberry dessert using the bounty of my freezer, and I wanted to share a few recipes that will work nicely with preserved or frozen berries.
Strawberry Cutie Pies are the perfect size for a romantic dinner with your Valentine. I think I’d put little hearts on the top this time instead of stars. Frozen whole berries, thawed and crushed, make a great substitute for fresh.
Strawberry Shortcake is a perfect way to use frozen sugared strawberries.
And for those of you who simply must have chocolate on Valentine’s Day, try Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping. I made this last year for Valentine’s Day and I was so happy to have leftovers for days.
I haven’t decided which one of these recipes I’ll make for Valentine’s Day this year, but I’m currently leaning towards the cutie pies. Any one of these desserts, when served after a meal cooked with love at home, makes for a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Use some beeswax candles for ambiance, and I’m certain you won’t even think about how eco-friendly it is. You’ll just enjoy the time with your sweetie.
This post is my contribution to this month’s APLS Blog Carnival, which is themed “Greening Valentine’s Day.” To read all about how to have a more eco-friendly Valentine’s Day, visit Retro Housewife Goes Green on January 19.